- Make sure your bike is the proper size. Ask the rental shop to show you how a bike should fit and then test ride the bike around the block. Check the brakes and the gears to make sure everything is in working order.
- Take the complimentary helmets offered by the rental shop (all rental shops offer them). Wear one! It makes no sense to go on a trail or street without one.
- Ask for a repair kit. Most shops don’t give them with rentals, so if need be, buy a patch kit and pump to repair a flat. If you are unfamiliar with bike repairs, ask the shop to show you how to fix a flat. It’s no fun walking the bike back.
- Ask the shop for a deal on a multi-day rental if you’re going to be renting for more than one day.
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