Sunday, March 9, 2014
Maybe you don't have a bike. But you wish you did.
Maybe you're traveling in Maine this weekend and your bike, sadly, had to stay home.
Whatever your circumstances as you enjoy the sun and sights in our state this weekend, there are plenty of places around that are happy to help you get on two wheels.
Bike shop owners from Wells to Rockland to Bar Harbor know Maine's coasts, mountains and trails are best seen from a bike seat. That's why many of them offer bike rentals at prices that are half the price of a tank of gas.
If you're in the mood for a pedal, and you happen to be in the vicinity of any of these shops, stop in and let them help you saddle up:
Acadia Bike and Canoe, 48 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, 800-526-8615: All bikes come with water bottle cage and helmet and rentals start at $23 with a reservation and $24 without.
Maine Sport Outfitters, 115 Commercial St., Rockland, 207-236-7120; Walk-ins can rent a hybrid bike for $20 for the day (road and mountain bikes are more expensive).
Bar Harbor Bicycle, 141 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, 207-288-3886; Rentals start at $19 for four hours and $25 for a full day.
Gorham Bike and Ski, 693 Congress St., Portland, 207-773-1700; Rentals start at $25 a day.
Breton's Bike Shop, 879 Post Road, Wells, 207-646-4255; mountain and confort bikes are $30 a day, road bikes are $45 and helmets and locks are included.
Cycle Mania, 59 Federal St., Portland, 207-774-2933; hybrid bikes are $25 per day and road bikes are $35.
Brad's Bike Rental & Repair, 115 Island Ave., Peaks Island, 207-766-5631; two hours will cost you $10, four hours is $15 and keeping a bike until 6 p.m. costs $20.
Karen Beaudoin lives in Portland and is the web editor for PressHerald.com.
Her Pedal On blog offers info, events and advice for people who love their bikes more than, well ... almost anything.
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