Cycling in Isla Vista

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At Wheel Fun Rentals, visitors can traverse surrounding areas in fun pedal-propelled vessels while soaking in oft-overlooked scenery, which would not be possible while buckled to a car seat or an Acme rocket. Established in 1999, Wheel Fun Rentals provides locals and tourists with an engaging way to sightsee while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Customers can rent a wide range of vehicles, such as a surrey ($25–$35 per hour), cruiser bike ($8–$9 per hour), or mountain bike ($9 per hour).

23 E Cabrillo Blvd
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

Treating customers and their bikes to friendly, attentive service, the bicycle doctors at WheelHouse tweak cycling steeds for optimal navigation of roads, trails, and the pathways in between. Through its customized tune-up offered exclusively to Groupon subscribers, riders submit sprockets and steel to a thorough adjustment of all components, including brakes and shifters. Mechanics clean, tighten, and lube derailleurs while cleaning and truing wheels. Hubs, brackets, and headset get full adjustment, purging unhealthy emotional disconnect between bike and pavement alike. While similar to the package 2 WheelHouse tune-up, the specialized Groupon treatment dotes on the bikes in deeper detail than they typically enjoy.

528 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

Open seven days a week, Ventura Bike Depot is a full service bike shop, renting the majority of their inventory to suit the peddling aspirations of their wheel-less clientele. Today's Groupon allows customers choose any one of the hybrid, beach cruiser, front suspension mountain, and kids bikes from the fleet of man-powered velocipedes valued at $24 or less. If desired or required, customers are welcome to upgrade to a tandems, quadricycles, or other premium peddle-powerhouses for an additional fee. Regardless of how you ride, Ventura Bike Depot will throw in all necessary helmets, locks, seat belts, and leg bands. Likewise, the staffers will happily fill water bottles with mineral-rich Kangen water for free, saving thirsty travelers from the woes of waiting for rain or preying for proximate killer whale shows.

239 W Main St
Ventura,
CA
US

When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, Inc., he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.

850 East Harbor Boulevard
Ventura,
CA
US

Located two blocks from Venice Beach’s iconic boardwalk, Venice Beach Station assembles a fleet of rental bicycles and skateboards with which to cruise along the shore in style. Once equipped with a mount and protective equipment, customers can explore the 2.5-mile pedestrian-only promenade, where scores of artists and performers entice riders to stop and take in the vibrant culture mixed with solemn remembrance of fellow mimes crushed by invisible pianos.

100 Venice Way
Venice,
CA
US

For centuries, bicycles have been oppressed by the cruel, unyielding logic of gravity. Want to ride up a hill without pedaling? "Not on my watch," gravity says. Well, Venice Beach Electric Bike Rentals doesn't take that lying down. Their bikes give riders two power sources: pedals and a switch-activated motor. For riders who don't want to cruise the beachside alone, Venice Beach Electric Bike Rentals also organizes guided tours of popular Venice Beach sights, including the boardwalk, Marina Del Rey, and the secret tunnel that leads to Venice, Italy.

3111 Ocean Front Walk #101
Marina Del Rey,
CA
US