Where to rent a bike?

bike pedal mediumMaya emails:

I wanted to know where I can rent bikes in the capital district region. I live in a small apartment with no balcony. Although I want to buy a bike, there is no space to keep it in my house.

Got a suggestion for Maya -- either for where to rent, or maybe how she might find space to store a bike? Please share!

Earlier on AOA: Where to buy a bike?

Comments

Just today I was walking along the Corning Preserve Trail thinking "man... I wish I could rent a bike here"

You can try Broadway Bicycle Co. down on Broadway. They have a bunch of used bikes. That would be your best bet.

have you considered a folding bicycle? The folding bike designs that are currently available have come a long way. You can have a comfortable ride that folds up easily and is small enough for even the smallest apartment. The most popular brands are dahon and brompton.

Also, the city of albany is currently developing a plan for a bikeshare program like thosE that you see in paris, d.c. and other big cities. It will be a few years before anything is implemented.

My bike is hanging on a hook on my wall. Only downside is you have to put a hole in the wall, and you have to be able to lift the bike up and down from the hook.

You could always keep it in your bathtub. A lot of people store bikes there.

I am in the same boat and have called every place in Albany- no go. I don't know why bicycle places do not rent- it can't cost that much and they may find a patron that way.

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