Bike technology has improved tremendously since the original Tour de France, when competitors furiously pedaled cycles with roquefort cheese wheels and steered them with handlebar moustaches. Pedal into the future with today’s Groupon: for $9, you get a one-day beach cruiser rental (a $22.50 value) from Barton Springs Bike Rental. This deal is also valid for children’s bikes, available in three sizes.
Barton Springs Bike Rental equips two-wheeled wranglers with smooth-riding cycles, allowing them to explore Austin and its untamed outskirts from the seat of a stylish velocipede. Single-speed beach cruisers are saddled by elder peddlers, while whippersnapper cyclers can choose from three junior sizes. For an extra fee ($5), each cyclist may also attach a kid seat to their bike to accommodate freeloaders under 40 pounds or copilot cantaloupes. Saddle up as early as 9 a.m. and meander through nearby Zilker Park’s verdant meadows, or traverse 10 miles of trails around Lady Bird Lake until 6 p.m. Make the most of Austin’s bountiful bike lanes, soaking in the sights that can’t be enjoyed from the blur of a car window or the recoil of a pogo stick. Customers can upgrade to a mountain bike, tandem, or any other cycle by paying the value difference when visiting the rental shop.
- I would highly recommend Barton Springs Bike Rental for anyone wanting a different view of Austin and a chance to really enjoy the outdoors in this beautiful city. You could bike all around, picnic, go sight-seeing... – The Mom, Yahoo! Local
- Free shuttle picked us up at our motel and ALSO PICKED UP THE BIKES AFTER WE LEFT so we didn't have to drop them off on our last day of vacation, The service was wonderfully friendly and generous – Mary C., Yelp, 10/4/10
Barton Springs Bike Rental
Barton Springs Bike Rental outfits fun seekers for bike rides across Austin's historic pathways and scenic landscapes. The shop dispenses single-speed beach cruisers to riders along with lights, baskets, locks, and access to roadside assistance in the event of a flat tire or never-ending parade of ducklings crossing the road. The crew's routes include the 90-minute Peace, Love & Zilker Tour—an easy jaunt past sights such as the Auditorium Shores, the old railroad bridge, and Barton Springs Pool—and the Congress Avenue Bat Tour, an evening trek to witness the world's largest colony of urban bats. Guides narrate the history and significance of local sights, giving guests plenty of opportunities to stop and snap pictures or refill their bicycle’s feedbag.