Hybrid bicycles are the offspring of a tame road bike and a free-roaming mountain bike, much as wolfdogs are bred from a wild and a domestic canine or raccoons from a housecat and a garbage truck. Rein in a hybrid steed with today's Groupon: for $18, you get a full-day deluxe-hybrid-bike rental at Blazing Saddles in Monterey (up to a $36 value).
Blazing Saddles' veloci-peddlers send customers cruising atop smooth-running deluxe hybrid bicycles along the beachside bike paths of Monterey, both off-road and on-shoulder. The 24-speed hybrids comprise all Shimano Alivio components for smooth shifting, front and rear disk brakes for safe stopping, and a Comfort V saddle for a ride just slightly less cushy than a Lay-Z-Boy recumbent bike. Take a limb-powered, freewheeling tour of town, with paths skirting the peninsula from historic Cannery Row to the shops and art galleries of Carmel.
Whether patrons rent bikes as a means of recreation or as a means of finishing a paper route that began inside of a Nintendo, Blazing Saddles' staff will happily provide guidance and bike-friendly maps to keep riders safe and on pace, sending cycles out as early as 9 a.m. and welcoming them back no later than 7:30 p.m. The affable stable minders can match mounts and movers and run through basic bike safety before riders set off in search of a sunset to ride into.
Though Blazing Saddles sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Blazing Saddles' rides whisk guests through California's rugged, oceanic beauty. Riders embark on self-guided expeditions atop the plush seats of a hybrid bike. On self-guided sightseeing tours, riders leisurely pedal through while following provided maps or their own ancient heirloom treasure maps.