Since cheetah-shoes don't yet exist, and a tree stump with a saddle on it is hopelessly immobile, electric bikes remain the best way to tour a city. See the sights in supercharged style with today's deal: for $44, you get a two-hour “Austin in a Nutshell” electric bike tour ($45 value) plus an all-day electric bike rental ($43.50 value) at Barton Springs Bike Rental (an $88.50 total value). Reservations are required for all tours, which depart daily at 1 p.m. Post-tour, riders can keep their electric cruisers coasting until 8 p.m.
The two-hour “Austin in a Nutshell” electric bike tour provides miles of smooth pedal-free or pedal-assisted pleasure for enthused environmentalists and casual cyclists alike. Seated atop a cycling steed, riders can select lithium-ion power, which propels bikes for up to 30 miles, or human calf power, which keeps cyclists in motion until they reach light fatigue or one highly handsome ice cream man. After the guides grace their seated guests with insights and historical nuggetry, tourgoers will be free to amble about the Austin streets, revisiting memorable landmarks or blazing their own hybrid paths. The tour is open to riders as young as 14, offering a handy chance for tweens to trade in their training wheels and experience the finest merging of humans and machines since the two-month period when it was legal to marry paper shredders.
- 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
- When my mother came to Austin to visit we decided to rent bikes and tour the city. Barton Springs Bikes was an excellent company to rent from. – Jonathan Patton, Yahoo! Local
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.
1529 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, Texas 78704Get Directions