Cinci bike share?
I am going to be in Cinci from June 2 to 9 as a reader for the College Board's AP environmental science exam. This is my third year doing it. I like doing it a great deal but miss my bike (the stationary trainer in the hotel just doesn't do it for me). I only get a couple of hours in the afternoon to do anything so renting a bike just doesn't seem worth it.
Does any kind of rudimentary, ad hoc, bootleg, bike share exist in the Cinci area? Anyone care to let me borrow a bike (I can bring my own shoes and pedals) for a couple of afternoons during that week? I'm 5'10" and not at all particular about the type -- department store is fine -- as long as the pedals turn and there is rubber on the rims.
P.S. Any sense in cross-posting this to the Southeast discussion forum?
you are in luck son. The City just opened the Cincinnati Bike Center at Smale Riverfront Park (120 E. Mehring Way). It opened a week or 2 ago and I haven't been yet to confirm, but everything I've seen so far says you can at least rent bikes if not have access to some kind of "bike share."
Yahoo! Thanks for the news.
confirmed. i stopped by yesterday and they have a decent amount of new trek hybrids to rent. did not check prices. facility was smaller than expected, and more difficult to find than i had predicted, although it looked well-kept and staffed by competent people. for reference it's on the north side of mehring way one block west of great american ballpark. it's a small office on the ground floor of the parking garage - the bikes are stored just inside the parking garage entrance.
I purchased their bike share (good for one year) for $45 and used it every afternoon of the six days I was in the city. Most times it was for an hour and a half or less. It was enough time though to see many of the sights. They are very friendly and helpful. It's a great addition to the city. I recommend checking them out if you are in the area.
O.K. I was back for a second year. The bike share wasn't going to work. They lengthened our work day by a half hour and that, together with the fact that I'd gone in every direction of the compass for a longer time last year, didn't add up to a real good deal. I tried to work out an arrangement for bringing the bike back after hours and I'm hopeful something can be arranged for next year, if I return, but the upshot was that for the last three days of the reading I was able to rent a bike for 72 hours straight for the same amount of money. It worked out just fine. I did some quality rides in that time period. Saw new territory and didn't have to worry about my carriage turning into a pumpkin at any particular time. The weather cooperated too.
If you are in Cincy check out the Bike Center.
Sorry - I saw this thread too late. I work in Cincinnati (Milford). I have 10 bikes you could borrow for a week. Ok - maybe 15.
I usually keep a bike at my work to ride on the trails after work.
I am 5 11 - so my bikes should fit. They do have all clip on pedals. All the bikes are vintage steel road bikes - higher end for the time - the current bike at work is a Schwinn Premis with very sweet supurbe pro hubs laced to open pro wheels.
LMK when you are in Cincinnati again.
Heck, my wife would think I got rid of a bike - which will put me in good standing that week!