Its amazing how often I get asked the question:
“Where do I rent a bike in London?”
If it’s a motorbike then on erento. However, I’m guessing most people are referring to the human powered kind, with two pedals. Unless, you’ve been reading this bike blog for the past 2 years and thought that by “bike” I meant “motorbike”. In which case I apologise!
Anyway, in an attempt to help internet people out with their hunt for a good place to rent a bike in London, I’ll chime in.
Rent a cycle hire bike
Anyone who has dared to step out in to the great unknown, beyond their front door, will known that London is now littered with cycle hire bikes and docking stations. As long as you have a debit or credit card, with a chip and pin, you can rent a bike.
Unfortunately for American visitors with card that you swipe, that can be a pain, as you can’t rent a bike. Also, for any visitors to London: No, the Oyster card unfortunately doesn’t work on the cycle hire bike. Why? We have no idea either.
However, I’m assuming if you are here, then you are more interested in renting a “proper bike”.
Renting a “proper bike”
Your definition of “proper bike” is going to vary wildly. From Dutch style city bikes, to hybrids to road bikes. Fortunately, there’s a little something for everyone in London.
Rent a folding bike
Velorution (88 Great Portland Street, Marylebone, London, W1W 7NS)
Velorution rents out Bromptons for £20 per day.
Rent a hybrid or road bike
On Your Bike (52-54 Tooley Street, London Bridge, SE1 2SZ)
On your bike rents out hybrids and Trek road bikes. Road bikes can be rented for four days for £49.
Vintage bike rental in London
Tally Ho Cycle Tours (Near Waterloo Station)
These guys are expensive (£40 for the day) but they do rent vintage style bikes that are super cool and retro!
Rent an electric bike
Electric bike rentals (Axe and Bottle Court 70 Newcomen Street SE1 1YT)
Electric bike rental in London for £25 per day.
Rent a bike for your cycling event
City bike service (Arches 506-508 Fairchild Place, EC2A 3EN)
Hybrids, folding and racing bikes are available for just £15 per day. Great price!
Totally Bikes (7 Mount Close, Highclere, Newbury, Berks, RG20 9QT)
These guys are specifically geared for cycling events, and they can bring the bike to the starting line of your event. Note that this is expensive at over £50 for the weekend.
Rent pretty much any bike you can imagine
London Bicycle Tour Company (“The Wharf” 1a Gabriels Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, SE1 9PP)
You can rent mountain, hybrid, folding, tandem and city bikes from LBTC. The cost to rent the bike for an entire week is just £50. The day rate is £20. They also offer a very good bike repair service.
P.S. Once you’ve rented a bike you’ll probably want to discover some great places to cycle. Take a look here.