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    Advice Needed On Rental Bikes Please

    Hi-

    I own a small company in a resort town that rents beach stuff (chairs,umbrellas,rafts etc) and want to start renting bikes. Can anyone give a bike newbie some advice as to what kind of bikes would be best as beach rentals and some suggestions on where to buy 100 bikes wholesale(used would be best)? I would need mostly beach cruisers but will need some mountain bikes and tagalongs too. These bikes won't last more than a few years with the salt water and sand so I'm not looking for the best bike, just a bike that is sufficient for my beach clientle. Thank you.

    Cathy

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    I was just at a resort and they had 'caloi' bikes. Seemed ok for rentals, mostly beach cruisers and solid suspension mt. bikes. http://www.caloiusa.com/usa/index.shtm

    3 additional words for you---- baskets, baskets, baskets---- the rentals must have baskets, you've got lots of stuff to carry.
    Not too much to say here

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    Sounds like you have an idea of what you want. While I can't recommend specific brands, I would definitely recommend aluminum framed bikes. They wont rust, so over time you may be able to just replace worn out parts without replacing the entire bike. Aluminum will also be a little lighter for your customers. A good fleet mechanic can keep them rolling for some time. Beware of cheap box store bikes though, as they are commonly poorly assembled and the durability probably isn't enough for your needs.
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    Worksman is one brand that builds rather generic, tough+simple classic-style bikes.
    They show $300 as the base price online, but a bulk order may get a better deal than that.
    http://www.worksmancycles.com/
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    #1 is get insurance!

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