Hop on the cool Pedal Party bike and get ready to arrive to your desired location in a greenest new way. These fun and unique bikes are handcrafted in Amsterdam and then delivered to the United States. You’ll be able to travel around Washington Ave. and Midtown between the steady speeds of 5 to 8 miles per hour. Pedal Party bikes can hold up to 16 people with 15 on seats peddling and 1 person in the center with the special role as bartender. For a one-of-a-kind Pedal Party all you need is a group of entertaining people, a few cans of beers (optional) and a destination. These bikes available for many different kinds of occasions including bar crawls, bachelorette parties, team building events and much more.
The staff at Island Bicycle Company keeps its fleet of bikes, surfboards, kayaks, and cruisers ready to traverse surf or sand with the help of their in-house service department. Recently added to the store's fleet, A2B Metro electric bikes buzz along the beachfront and harbor via maps included with self-guided tour packages. Metal detectors and binoculars help beachgoers find buried treasure or spot incoming ghost ships. In addition to rentals, the store sells two-wheelers from brands such as Electra, Sun Bicycle, and more.
From its home base in Houston, Bayou City Adventures equips visitors for all kinds of outdoor activities, including stand-up paddleboarding, cycling, and kayaking. And at their second location, tucked inside the Ocean Village Hotel in Surfside Beach, patrons can tag along with a trained surfing pro to learn the ropes in a public or private lesson, or rent equipment to strike out on their own. Two tiers of membership options let participants enjoy a full year of their favorite activities at a discount or for free.
Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
What makes your business stand out?
Houston B-cycle is the only bike share program in the city. We have 28 stations that allow Houstonians to explore, travel and make their own adventure by bike everyday with just a credit card.
What inspired the owner to start this business?
Our program started from the City of Houston Office of Sustainability. They recognized Houston could use another viable and sustainable means of transportation. We were very fortunate to get sponsorship from Blue Cross Blue Shield.
What is your most popular offering?
Annual membership—access to all of the bikes and stations for 365 days—or the 24 Hour pass—access to all of the bikes and stations for 24 hours. Membership starts from the first time you check out a bike, not when the pass is purchased. Both memberships include unlimited 60-minute trips. Each time you remove a bike from its dock, the first 60 minutes of your ride are included.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
We get a lot of excited customers—especially once they realize how cheap, easy and fun the program is to use. The most memorable reaction would have to be from a lady who rode a B-cycle after 25 years of not being on a bike—it's true what they say, you never forget how to ride a bike! She was ecstatic to get on and ride around!
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Knowing that I am providing a service that helps make people's lives easier, while at the same time providing them with an activity that is both good for them and the environment.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Most popular offering: Bike share annual membership
Travel to the west, east, north and south with a bicycle from West End Bikes. Rent the highest quality bicycles for road and mountain biking. Maintenance and repair services are available as well, including tune-ups, bike and wheel building, suspension services and more. Get the perfect fit for your body and riding style with Bike Fit services at West End Bikes. Reduce your change of injury, and increase your bike riding enjoyment with a properly fitted bike for you. West End Bikes has been a reliable stop in Houston for mountain bikes and more since 1985. Local bike riders know this is the place to come for incredible, knowledgeable service and friendly staff. Get fitted, and start your biking journey today at West End Bikes.