|When we go overseas we often hire a bike to explore the local area. Its a great way to find some out of the way places and get some healthy exercise. Melbourne has a network of well maintained bike paths for cyclists to enjoy. It's not only visitors to Melbourne who should rent a bike. Locals can do the same and explore the wonderful delights of Melbourne.
Melbourne Bike Share is best suited to inner city and short rides between locations (bike stations) which are less than 30 minutes apart.
If you want to explore the full extent of Melbourne then hire a bike at one of these locations.
BikeNow at 240 Kings Way, South Melbourne hires road, mountain and city bikes which include helmets with rental periods from two hours to two months. Accessories such as tool kits, racks, baby seats and car racks are also available for hire. If you need something with more speed, there is a range of carbon and alloy road bikes. Prices start from $35/day for a mountain bike and $65 for a carbon road bike. Contact phone number is (03) 9696 8588.
Borsari Cycles at 193 Lygon Street, Carlton hire out mountain bikes (from $50/day–$220/month), road bikes ($60/day) and tandems ($70/day). The hire price includes a helmet and lock. Contact phone number is (03) 9347 4100.
The Humble Vintage hires out a unique selection of new and vintage racers, upright bikes and step through bikes. Each rental comes with the map and guide publication "Melbourne for Visitors and Casual Cyclists". Prices range from $25 for two hours to $200 for one month. Pickup points are either the Melbourne CBD or Johnston Street in Collingwood. Contact phone number is 0432 032 450.
Fancy a bike tour of the back-roads, paths and trails of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges with Pedals Australia? It is a fully-mobile bike hire service, you can choose your pick-up location, your drop-off location and where and when you would like to end your day. Set off anywhere you choose or take one of their self-guided tours. Make it a relaxing day with a few stops and a long lunch or for the more daring, you can get your adrenalin pumping on one of many downhill mountain tracks. There are a range of mountain and trail bikes available to cater for most levels of fitness and interest.
The Melbourne Bicycle Centre located at 179 High Street, Prahran (5km from the CBD) hires the Marin Fairfax SC3 which gives riders a good balance of urban commute toughness and fast-pedalling for weekend adventures. The rental includes a helmet and lock and prices range from $40 for one day to $150 for 7 days. Call (03) 9529 3752.
Why hire a traditional bike when you can rent a fun electric bike, from Melbourne Electric Bicycles at 382 St Kilda Road, St Kilda. The hire shop is only a short distance from the Melbourne CBD and three minutes from the beach. Nearby are the iconic Beach Road, Botanical Gardens, Acland Street, MCG, Yarra River and much more. Prices range from $39 for 2 hours, $69 for a day and $269 for a day. A helmet, lock and basket can be supplied. Call (03) 9939 9894.
Cycles Galleria has a range of MTB, road, urban/hybrid and electric bikes. Prices for hybrid bikes range from $50 for one day to $200 for one week. There are stores in six locations across Melbourne: CBD - Galleria, CBD - QV, Richmond, Camberwell, Ringwood and Williamstown.
Want to ride in partnership? Beach Road Cycles based at 232 The Esplanade, Brighton specialises in tandem hire. Call them on (03) 9592 9100.
Note: Prices were correct as at May 2017.