One of the best ways to explore a city? On two wheels.
Thankfully, Denver has plenty of bike-rental options so you can ditch the car, and wheel around the city while also getting a good workout. Bicycling ranked Denver as No. 11 on its list of “Most Bicycle-Friendly Cities.” (One Colorado city, Boulder, cracked the Top 10). In all, Denver has nearly 1,000 miles of bicycle lanes, according to the magazine.
If you’re visiting the Mile High City (or, you’re a local and just don’t feel like hitching up your bike to the ole’ bike rack), there’s plenty of rental options in and around Denver.
In fact, if you're a tourist, when you combine Uber and the RTD train system with the ease of renting bikes, you've got a compelling case for ditching rental cars.
Here are the best places to rent a bike in the city.
Like many cities, Denver has a bike-sharing network, with bikes readily available for rent all over the city. B-Cycle has nearly 750 bikes to loan out and they’re scattered around the city at nearly 90 stations, including some near popular tourist destinations like the Denver Zoo, Denver Central Market, Coors Field and Union Station. The signature bikes are a fun way to locomote between the city's bars and restaurants during Happy Hour or to museum hop in downtown.
Last year, B-cycle riders pedaled more than 755,000 miles, which translates to three one-way trips to the moon.
Curious how the bike share works here?
You’ll need to purchase an “Access Pass” either online or at kiosk station to check out a bike. Those are $9 for 24 hours. (Locals, you can purchase a 24-hour pass).
Once you’ve got the pass, you can take unlimited trips that are 30 minutes or less for no additional cost. If any of your trips are more than 30 minutes, overtime fees start to kick in, which are $5 each half hour.purchase an “Access Pass” either online or at kiosk station to check out a bike. Those are $9 for 24 hours. Once you’ve got the pass, you can take unlimited trips that are 30 minutes or less for no additional cost. If any of your trips are more than 30 minutes, overtime fees start to kick in, which are $5 each half hour.
All of the B-cycle bikes have three speeds, plus they come with adjustable seats, a basket, lock, bell and lights.
Don't let the name of this shop dupe you. Yup, they've got kayaks so you can paddle in the nearby Platte River, a river that runs through downtown. But they'll also rent bikes to you, and the trails that run parallel to the river are a fun urban adventure.
But if you're looking for something unique, trying renting "one-wheels." This is the only shop in Denver that we know of that has them. They're small boards with wheels, and they satiate the urge to shred or surf if you're in this land-locked city during the summer.
Rental rates for regular bikes start at $25 for three hours and go up to $90 for the entire weekend.
You can also book a bike tour through Confluence Kayaks with Bikalope. The tours include varying routes: One that hits on interesting landmarks through Denver, and another that is historical in nature.
Just 20 minutes away from Denver and at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Golden has lots of creds that draw outdoor enthusiasts. (You can read here about how to go tubing in Clear Creek River).
But a relatively new - and cool - concept is the city’s “bike library.” They’ll lend you a bike for free for the first two hours so you can peddle around the old mining town. After that, the rental is $10 a day. The program runs April through October. The bike share has adult and youth bikes available. The current inventory includes Jamis Bikes’ adult Explorer2 and youth Laser20.
A trip to Washington Park (AKA “Wash Park”) and the surrounding shops and restaurants on Gaylord Street is worthy of at least an afternoon. Better yet, make a day of it.
On sunny days, you’ll catch locals playing volleyball, basketball, tennis and running here. The park also has a couple of lakes and two flower gardens, one of which is a replica of George Washington’s gardens at Mount Vernon.
Wheel Fun Rentals operates out of Wash Park, renting out everything from kayaks and stand-up paddleboards to bikes. Hours vary depending on the time of the year. From Memorial Day Weekend to Oct. 1st, the shop is open from 8 a.m. to sunset, seven days a week. During the month leading up to Memorial Day, the rental shop opens at 10 a.m.
Some of the fun bikes include a low-to-the-ground chopper that you can rent for $12 an hour to a double surrey that you comes with a canvas cover and that you can wheel your family around in. The park has a loop with bike lanes perfect. Wheel Fun Rentals has another location at Denver’s City Park as well.