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 traditionally made bicycle with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of recreational rentals at Wheel Fun Rentals, with locations in Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, St. Pertersburg, and Seminole.
Wheel Fun Rentals puts sightseeing locals and tourists in motion with a plethora of vessels for traversing land and sea. Customers at the Clearwater location can rent a range of land vehicles, including a surrey ($20–$30/hour) or tandem bicycle ($15/hour, $40/full day). Those in Seminole and Tarpon Springs have the additional option of paddle- and pedal-propelled water vessels, including a kayak ($10–$15/hour) or pedal boat ($20–$30/hour), enabling the soaking in of oft-overlooked scenery, an impossible feat when buckled to a car seat or an Acme rocket. Bike helmets, paddles, and life jackets are all included, depending on the vehicle rented, ensuring a safe and well-prepared trip, unlike Magellan’s ill-fated Indonesian quest to find cell-phone reception.
Wheel Fun Rentals
When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, 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. Atop bicycles and surreys built for solo riders or entire families, patrons embark on self-guided tours of major U.S. cities. Led by maps and lists of nearby sites of historical or cultural significance, riders zoom down bike paths and safe, lightly trafficked streets. 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.