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Best Bike Rentals In Charlotte

April 12, 2014 9:00 AM

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Have you ever been stuck in Charlotte traffic and wished you’d taken a bicycle Uptown instead of your car? If you don’t own a bike, Charlotte has a number of places where you can rent a bike for an hour, a day or even a week. Even better, Charlotte has a service where you can pick up and drop off a bike at a variety of different spots and a spot where you can rent a bike and take advantage of 20 miles of mountain bike trails.
Charlotte B-cycle
333 E. Trade St., Suite A
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 332-9585
www.charlottebcycle.com

In 2012, Charlotte began the B-cycle program, allowing users to pick up a bicycle at one of 20 different locations and drop it off at another location. There are 200 of the blue bikes at locations throughout Uptown and its nearby neighborhoods, all the way out to Freedom Park. The three-speed bikes are easily adjustable, all have a basket for easy toting and automatic lights for your safety. There are two ways to use B-cycle – as a member (an annual $65 fee) or as a visitor ($8 for a 24-hour pass). Members get 30 minutes of riding free after undocking their bike and are charged $4 for each additional half hour until they re-dock the bike. It’s a fabulous way to tool around town.

Bike Line of Charlotte
8528 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC
(704) 549-8804
www.charlottebikes.com

Bike Line offers two models of bicycles (2014 Trek 8.2 Dual Sport and 2014 Trek Neko Dual Sport) for rental at just $40 per day. If you want them for more than one day, know that the third day is free. Bike Line rentals have multi-surface tires that will allow you to ride on a variety of surfaces including steep hills and gravel. Its bike specialists have a variety of sizes in stock and will fit the bike to your needs.

U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28214
(704) 391-3900
www.usnwc.org

Charlotte’s amazing Whitewater Center offers a variety of sporting activities, including 20 miles of mountain bike trails. If you bring your own bike, the trails are free. If you rent one of its high-quality mountain bikes, it will cost you $20 for the day. It’s an amazing site to tool around hills and along the water. This spot is one of Charlotte’s hidden gems and riding those trails will surely energize you.

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Queen City Bicycles
1408-A E. Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 522-7006
www.queencitybicycles.com

Queen City Bicycles has the largest selection of mountain and cycling bikes in Charlotte. It has mountain bike rentals (Kona Big Kahuna bikes) for one day for $65 and $100 for a 72-hour rental. Road bikes (Scott CR1 bikes) rent for $100 for one day and $150 for 72 hours. Queen City also offers saddle rentals, one of its programs that allows you to test a variety of seats prior to purchase. It also rents an abundance of cycling gear to make your ride pleasurable. If you’ve been thinking about buying a bike, you can rent the demo model for $65 a day and see if it’s the one you want to own.

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Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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