Photo courtesy of Midwest BikeShare
Last July, bike sharing debuted in Milwaukee with the unveiling of a demonstration kiosk at Discovery World. The site features 10 bikes and a preview of things to come – Midwest BikeShare, the group behind the growing program, plans to open five to 10 more stations around the city this summer and dozens more over the next year, according to Launch Director Kevin Hardman. To rent a “B-Cycle,” members simply swipe a credit card, and off they go.
While you’re waiting for a station to open in your neck of the woods, try the following bike shops, which offer rentals and even a little guidance on where to ride.
1500 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
This shop rents out large, family-style bicycles called “surreys” that seat anywhere from three to six adults. Other options for a quick spin include go-karts, recumbent tricycles, mountain bikes and in-line skates. This is also where beachgoers may embark on Segway tours (starting at $49) that branch out from the nearby Oak Leaf Trail, in the manner of "Arrested Development."
2410 N. Murray Ave.
Named one of Bicycling Magazine’s 100 Best Bike Shops in 2011, Cory The Bike Fixer offers tuneups and repairs plus an eclectic range of bikes for rent, including the “Dorothy,” a seven-speed featuring swept-back handlebars; the “Tin Man,” similar to the Dorothy but also sporting a cargo bag; the Jamis Ventura Sport, a 16-speed racer that comes in several sizes; and the Cignal Melbourne Express Tandem, a ride built for two.
4758 Packard Ave., Cudahy
→Not sure where to begin your cycling expedition? In addition to a variety of hybrid, road, mountain and kids’ bikes for rent, South Shore Cyclery offers comprehensive maps and guides to Milwaukee County trails, such as the Kinnickinnic River Trail, the Minooka Mountain Bike Trail and the Alpha Mountain Bike Trail. Details covered include trail length, markings, terrain type and other info to help riders pick the right bike.