A traveler intent on meandering through Montreal at his or her own pace would be well-advised to consider one of the bike rental services available in the city, all of which offer a variety of rental plans spanning from hourly to monthly. This list can help you find the best service for your needs and help you plan, so you know exactly what you're paying for and you can avoid surcharges and extra fees.
Montreal bike rentals come in more than one shape and size. Yet BIXI alone appears to be getting all the glory. But user beware.
BIXI is ideal for quick trips—it's the best Montreal bike rental deal for getting from Point A to Point B, provided Point A and Point B are a short bike ride from each other. The problem with using BIXI for sightseeing and otherwise extended periods of time is that you have to exchange your BIXI bike every 30 minutes to prevent getting nailed with surcharges. So you're basically on a timer, which turns what was supposed to be a carefree day exploring the city turns into a stressful BIXI docking station hunt.
Ça Roule Montréal on Wheels
Ça Roule Montréal on Wheels boasts the most complete bike rental service in the city with over 150 different bike models available on location and a flexible rental service featuring not only by-the-hour rates but daily, weekly and monthly rates as well. Need a quick bike lesson too? No problem. Ça Roule offers one-hour crash courses for ages 14 and up.
Bike rental rates include helmet, lock, bike trail map, and repair kit. Ça Roule is a choice starting point for people looking to explore Old Montreal, the Old Port, and Parc Jean-Drapeau. Customers can also sign up for guided city bike tours.
Ça Roule Montréal on Wheels is located at 27 de la Commune Est in Old Montreal.
La Bicycletterie J.R.
La Bicycletterie J.R. is tailor-made for your circumstances. Not only is the shop itself located on a direct path leading up to the mountain and its fun, challenging trails, but the shop, which has been around since 1987, has a reputation for repairing what competitors think is irreparable.
In turn, bike rental mechanical breakdowns and what-not are extremely unlikely, given the team's passion and track record for excellence. Mind you, every spring they refresh their rental with a brand new fleet, but you get the point.
La Bicycletterie J.R. is located at 2012 Rachel on the Plateau.
Insider tip: when you're done with your bike, walk down to L'Express for one of the best restaurant experiences you could possibly have in the city. It's one of Montreal's flagship dining institutions, at most a five-minute walk from La Bicycletterie J.R.
My Bicyclette Montréal
Interested in exploring Montreal's Lachine Canal and Atwater Market? Get thee to Ma Bicyclette Montréal. From there, you could either go east heading toward Old Montreal or west for a lengthy hour-long ride through different neighborhoods located by the canal's water. Or you could spend the day trying out both directions. On a beautiful day, the canal is idyllic.
My Bicyclette Montréal is located at 2985 St. Patrick.
Rather explore Montreal by electric scooter or electric bicycle? Not a problem. Located on the lower Plateau, Dyad Cycles rents out scooters, electric bikes, and standard bicycles. And no driver's license is required for any of them, according to Dyad. You could even book a guided scooter tour of the city. Hourly, weekly and monthly rates are available.
Dyad Cycles is located at 80 Prince Arthur East.