Greensboro (-ish area) bike rental? Borrow? Sharing?
Hello folks of the Southeast!
I'm from Taiwan but I live in Greensboro for school. My folks have been very supportive in my bike-related endeavors (and really, all of my endeavors) and my Dad in particular is becoming very interested in cycling himself. In fact we we planning on going on a bike tour together next summer! He is one very cool Dad.
Anyway, they are coming to Greensboro to visit in February. I know that my Dad really really wants to go on a bike ride with me when he's here, but I can't figure out how to get him a bike to ride. I have looked everywhere I can but it seems like the nearest bike rental would be in Asheville. I also can't seem to find any bike sharing programs here. I ride a 46cm surly, and my Dad doesn't know his bike size, but he's 172 cm (5'8") with proportionally short leg, so I'm guessing 52-54. Does anyone have any ideas or know of obscure bike rental places? Or do you know if any of the big name bike shops (we have a performance, a cycle de oro, and a few local shops) that might do rentals? Should I buy an inexpensive bike off craigslist (54cm's are everywhere!) for my Dad's visit and sell it afterwards? It really means a lot to him.
I'll list a few, you may have already called them, if not, do so and see what they say....
Cycles de Oro Greensboro
Higgins Cycle Shop Greensboro
Revolution Cycles Greensboro (bike rentals are listed under Services at this shop)
Comprehensive LBS list for Greensboro
ReCycles on Spring Garden, just off UNCG's campus towards downtown rents bikes (or used to)
Also contact some Specialized or Trek shops. Some of them have demo programs for the larger brands (i.e. $X / day to rent/demo a bike).