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    Renting Bikes on Vacation

    I'm headed to Florida to visit my parents for a few weeks. I've arranged a good deal on a road bike rental, which I'm excited about. Gonna be nice not to worry about the weather for a spell. My question: should I bring my helmet? They offer helmets with their rentals but I'm sure they're not going to be as good quality as mine (and of course they won't fit as well). It's light but it does take up space in my suitcase so I'm trying to decide if it's worth taking or not. Any thoughts?

    Any other advice in terms of what else I should bring besides the usual (clothing, gloves)?

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    Bring your own. Fits better, and you are 100% sure you won't get head lice.

    You may also want to bring your own saddle and pedals. And tools/supplies to fix a flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeB14 View Post
    Bring your own. Fits better, and you are 100% sure you won't get head lice.

    You may also want to bring your own saddle and pedals. And tools/supplies to fix a flat.
    +1

    And water bottles.

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    They will probably rent you a lock, but you may want to bring lights.
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    When I used to rent bikes on vacation, before I bought a travel bike, I'd always bring my own helmet, saddle and pedals. But i'm really anal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeB14 View Post
    Bring your own. Fits better, and you are 100% sure you won't get head lice.

    You may also want to bring your own saddle and pedals. And tools/supplies to fix a flat.
    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    +1

    And water bottles.
    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    They will probably rent you a lock, but you may want to bring lights.

    Might want to bring your own bike, as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ludeykrus View Post
    Might want to bring your own bike, as well.
    Ha! I brought my helmet and shoes and a spare pair of pedals. I rented this awesome carbon road bike and they put my pedals on and I'm having a blast. Plus, I hear it's pouring rain at home. Win, win. :-D

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    I never put my helmet in a suitcase, it does take too much space as you said. I clip it to the outside of my carry on (I usually have a knapsack and attach it to the handle), nobody has ever questioned it.

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    So an update on my vacation rental. I got out on a long ride for the first time since I got here. I've been riding a hybrid so the road bike was weird at first but once I got the fit adjusted, it was so light ... makes my bike feel like a tank. I'm staying in Sarasota with my folks and not even 5 minutes away is a wonderful trail called the Legacy Trail. It goes about 10 miles or so on mostly flat ground, winding along a lovely scenic vista of low-lying foliage and preserved swamp land (I think it used to be railway). I got out a little late this morning and it was hot and sticky but it was truly lovely. The wind was up a bit which actually made for the kind of challenging ride I didn't expect, what with there being no hills of note. I'm gonna get my non-morning ass out of bed early tomorrow so I can take the entire route. It was too hot and it had been too long (a week) since my last ride that I just didn't want to push it today.

    if you're ever in this area, I recommend the trail. So nice to not have to dodge those four-wheel beasts for a change. :-D

    PS Glad I brought my pedals, shoes and helmet. Oh, and I got a great deal on the bike -- $100 for 5 days.

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    So just to put a bow on this thread, here's the bike I rented this week. Thanks everyone who gave me advice. I had much trepidation going in, not sure about getting the bike or whether I would have a good place to ride. All worked out and I'm glad I did it. Looking forward to getting home next week to get back on my own bike.

    Last edited by shyonelung; 03-26-11 at 10:29 PM.

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    Glad it worked out for you. Bike rentals can be a crap shoot. I ride XL bikes and my bride rides XS, neither of us rides road bikes so getting anything outside of a basic cruiser is unlikely, plus in many areas rentals are non existent.

    Things I have done in the past: buy a bike at Goodwill or a thrift store, then donate it back when done. Buy an inexpensive bike and left it at the hotel for other people to use when done. Taken one of my less expensive bikes along and left it at the hotel when I traveled home on weekends. Hauled a bike along in the back of my truck to use, bought a Raleigh Twenty (sort of a folder) to haul along and use. Now possibly in the market for a Brompton or Bike Friday to take along, been downsized from a truck to a Honda Accord. Also considering a bike rack, but not sure I want to hassle with that.

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    Bring your own helmet. I've worked in bike rentals for over 10 years. Bring your own helmet.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    Bring your own helmet. I've worked in bike rentals for over 10 years. Bring your own helmet.
    Yeah, I brought my own helmet. You guys had me at the "lice" comment earlier in this thread. :-D

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