People who don't have their own bicycles often try to make one by sawing their car in half or affixing an extra wheel to their unicycle. Borrow a lightning-powered bicycle with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one two-hour electric-bike rental at Selkirk Station on Regatta Landing (a $39.90 value). This Groupon expires July 31.
Selkirk Station arms customers with bikes and turns them loose to survey the scenic trails of Vancouver Island. A two-hour electric-bike jaunt glides e-cyclers along the mostly flat Galloping Goose Trail and the Lochside Trail. Both paths were once lines of railroad tracks but are now blissful strips of sanctuary for nature-hungry handlebar hounds. While large cottonwood trees and farmland breeze by, the Lochside Trail begins to open up into the small hamlet of Sidney by the Sea. Riders also have the chance to explore the shops, cafés, and other attractions of the Saanich Peninsula before steering it back down to Selkirk Station's facilities. Tall pine trees and blackberry bushes, small wildlife, and chipmunks playing pinochle are typical sights seen on the trails.
Raleigh electric bikes utilize lightweight lithium batteries to yield the most energy from the rider's pedalling, making the approximately 20 kilometre ride less like driving a Flintstones car with a flat tire. Back at the facility, a recently added snack corner gives the trail-bound one last chance to stock up on energy-boosting edibles. Selkirk Station also boasts a full-service bike and repair shop with rows of new and used bikes.