Mountain bike

Bike Hire in Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche MTB hire

The resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche is perhaps best known for being an elite ski destination during the Austral winter, but in the summer, the surrounding area is best seen by bicycle. Considered Northern Patagonia, Bariloche sits in the lake region of Argentina, offering many great opportunities to mountain bike along lakes and up mountains used for skiing in the winter. There are also several multi-day excursion that can be undertaken that explore north into the Andes and other lake district towns in Argentina as well as Chile.

San Carlos de Bariloche Bike Rental Companies:

Dirty Bikes: A high-end rental company featuring Merida road and mountain bicycles. Dirty Bikes also offers a number of different bike tours, from basic level to advanced MTB riders looking for the hidden trails, to touring cyclists looking for a week-long mountain-biking adventure through the Andes.

Circuito Chico Bike Rental: This bike rental company specializes in mountain bikes and offers a 2-for-1 special for all-day rentals if you can get to their shop before 10:30am. Located at the started of Circuito Chico, this bike rental business puts you on the bike in the right place for exploring the best areas around Bariloche.

Cordillera Bike: Offering MTB rentals and targeting mostly those interested in the Circuito Chico, Cordillera Bike offers rentals by the half-day or full-day. Cordillera also offers guided tours and a bike-drop service if you prefer to start riding from your hotel instead of their shop. Reservations can be made online or at the shop.

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Renting a Bike in Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara has been on the pro cycling radar for quite some time now as one of the premier spots to train in the winter, particularly among American riders and teams, and it’s no wonder. Blessed by some of the most consistently good weather in the country, with year around temperature variation between 65-75 degrees (based on monthly averages).

Santa Barbara features plenty of coastal riding, varied routes along the foothills, and perhaps most impressively, a number of climbs featured inĀ John Summerson’s book of the top 100 climbs in California. The Santa Barbara Century, held in October each year, features 10,000ft of elevation gain, including the famed Gibraltar Road, and a descent down Painted Cave/Old San Marcos Road.

Wheel Fun Rentals of Santa Barbara – A hybrid, cruiser, and surrey option for those looking to meander along the boardwalk or up State Street.

Santa Barbara Bikes To-Go – Premium bike rental company, with brands like BMC, Cervelo, Cannondale, and Specialized. Delivery is free within the Santa Barbara area and price is on a sliding scale depending on number of days rented.

Santa Barbara Fitness Tours – Offers several bike rental options, including road and mountain bikes. SBFT also provides guided tours for those who would prefer to let a local lead the way.

VeloPro – Carrying a full line of offerings from Kona bikes, you might guess that this shop is serious about MTB riding, and you’d be right. VeloPro offers two full-suspension mountain bikes to open up the nearby downhill trails in the Santa Barbara foothills.

Open Air Bicycles – Partners with Hotel Oceana downtown to rent hybrid road bikes by the day at a reasonable rate.