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Bike Hire Options in the Canary Islands

MTB Gran Canaria

The Canary Islands have long-proved a sunny clime for winter training amongst the professional cycling ranks. With an average year-round temperature of 71.6F, tons of cycling options from the climbing to cruising, and some great beaches to boot, the Canaries are a prime spot for riders of all kinds.

Free Motion Bikes and Tours – Located on Gran Canaria, Free Motion offers the complete line of Cannondale road, mountain, and hybrid bikes, including high-end carbon frames and Shimano di2 shifting. Prices vary by length of rental, but start at about 10 euros per day for hybrids and road/MTB options starting at around 20 euros. Another highlight of Free Motion Bikes and Tours are the varied tour routes available for road and mountain riders who’d like a local guide to help them make the most of the Gran Canaria Island routing options.

Bike Point Tenerife – Bike Point offers hybrid, road, and MTB bike rentals on the island of Tenerife. Depending on rental length, quality bikes can be rented for as little as 13 euros per day, with the top-line models starting at about 30 euros. Bike Point Tenerife also offers guided tours of some of the most impressive bike routes on the island of Tenerife, some of which include transfers by van. Two stores, both on the south end of the island, offer options for start location as well, and the Bike Point website features several gps files for those looking to do their own thing, but would like help routing.

Renting a Bike in Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Main Photo

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.