With its many scenic parks and river corridors, the city of Calgary is a cycling paradise. Several bike rental stores are conveniently located near popular routes alongside the Bow and Elbow Rivers and numerous recreational parks. These are our picks for the best rental shops around town.
Located at the University of Calgary, the centre rents mountain, touring and tandem bikes: $28 – $32 daily. A 10-minute cycle northwest of the University campus along 32nd Avenue and south on to 48th Street leads to Montgomery Park. This green space features many bike paths and a broad view of the city’s northwest.
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This northwest gear shop offers mountain, suspension and road bike rentals: $25 – $45 daily, $95 – $165 weekly. Its high-performance bicycles are suited to more demanding treks. The shop is located a short ride away from the Bow River Pathway at Edworthy Park and recreational routes around Shouldice Park in the city’s southwest.
Close to the river in the heart of Eau Claire, this shop features rentals for the entire family. Children’s, junior and adult bikes are available: $15 – $50 daily, $55 – $150 weekly. Child bike trailers are also available: $20 daily, $65 weekly. The store is located minutes away from the beautiful riverside paths of Prince’s Island Park. - Sarah Sussman