As it turns out in my research there’s some pretty cool bicycle rental places in London. For a long time when a friend was visiting London I would simply direct them to one place I knew that had clunky, step over frame bicycles. However, it is actually possible to rent a fixie, a tandem or even a recumbent if you know where to look.
I did the research because I wanted to add these places to the London Bike Shop iPhone app. If you’ve already downloaded the app then make sure you go to the App Store on your iPhone and download the latest version which includes bike rental places. For those of us without an iPhone here are the locations I found where you can rent a bicycle for the day without paying the extortionate daily cycle hire bike rates.
Cloud 9 Cycles
Rental of fixies and Dutch style bikes. £25/rental day
http://www.cloud9cycles.com/ | WC1E 7DB | 0203 20 50 190
London Bicycle Tour Company
Bicycle rental and tours. £20/day
http://www.londonbicycle.com/ | SE1 9PP | 0207 928 6838
Brompton folding bicycles for rental. £20/day
http://www.velorution.biz/ | W1W 8BD | 0207 637 4004
On Your Bike
Hybrid bicycles and Trek road bikes for rental. £12/day
http://www.onyourbike.com | SE1 2SZ | 0207 378 6669
Rent a recumbent bike. £15 per hour of rental
http://www.londonrecumbents.com/ | SE21 7BQ | 0208 299 6636
Mountain bikes with full suspension for rental.
SW19 5DL | 0208 946 2270
City Bike Service
Hybrid bicycle, folding bikes and racing bikes available for rental. From £20/day
http://www.citybikeservice.co.uk/ | EC2A 3EN | 0207 247 4151
Dutch bike hire
Not open in winter. Rental of Dutch style bicycles and tandems. £25/day
Rents their own brand road bike.
http://www.triandrun.com/ | IG7 6DQ | 0208 500 4841
http://www.southbankcycles.com | SW8 2JU | 0207 622 3069
Inside the London Bike Shop iPhone app you can also see what times these London bicycle rental shops are open.