Hi Bill/Gus: just saw your thread, perhaps you and your Brompton are en route to our fair People's Republic of Ann Arbor. I've lived in the area for many years and currently reside about 15 minutes from the central campus of U. of Michigan, and I worked in the north campus area about 10 years.
There are really no good bike rental places. There is one place that does rent bicycles and they are on the central campus, but they are such a joke I'm not going to even give them a mention.
This being a large college town, it's stuffed with bicycles of all types and descriptions. There is really no market for rentals. Used bikes are plentiful and cheap well under $100 USD and sometime really well under. It got colder here all of a sudden and sellers on craigslist are dropping prices.
If you need a bike it would be cheaper to buy one for say $75 USD, use it for your visit, then have someone at U.M. sell it for you. Or donate it to Common Cycle the bike co-op. Bike rentals at the Unbelievably Rude and Ignorant Campus Bike shop are $30 per day with a deposit of $60 here so you may as well buy one.
As to whether, we are due for a steep and unseasonably cold drop in temperatures - we may even have snow showers mixed w. rain on Wed and Thurs. Ugh. October is usually one of our most beautiful months - it was the last two years. In any case - in degrees F- look for daytime highs in the 40s and very low 50s, and at night very low 40s into the 30s. Damp and cold. Hope you brought the fleece and woolies. And I hope you enjoy your stay. Should you have any particular questions about the city or environs feel free to message me. It's a fun, lively college town in a nice area. When it's not snow-showering.
Last edited by Bluebreeze; 10-21-13 at 09:56 PM.