Visiting Vancouver in August - Where to hire/borrow/buy bike?
Don't post on bikeforums much, just read C&V and SS&FG usually.
I'll be visiting Vancouver between Aug 16-27, and would love to get ahold of a bike while I'm there to explore the city, so I'm turning to the locals for some help.
Googling around gave me sticker shock at these rates:
Spokes @ Stanley Park wants ~$50/day for an OCR roadie and ~$35/day for a hybrid.
I'd prefer a road/fixie/10 speed bike to a hybrid/mtb, but I guess most rentals will be clunkers.
Are there places that I could hire a non-mtb bike for a week that won't cost me a fortune?
Failing that, what are my chances of buying a cheap, working secondhand bike somewhere close to downtown? I'd be happy to then donate it to some kind of bike co-op or similar when I leave.
Lastly, big ask I know, but do any of you Vancouver bikeforum-ers have a spare bike (56-58cm) I could borrow in exchange for your tipple of choice/cash/esoteric Australian items? I'd bring my own shoes/pedals/helmet/lock.
Hope someone can help me get on two wheels!
PS, if you're ever visiting Melbourne, Australia, drop me a line and I'll hook you up with a ride and some places to go.