Thanks to a generous grant from Mountain Equipment Co-op, we now offer an affordable bike rental service, providing a range of second-hand mountain, road and cruiser bikes for short- to medium-term rentals. Our rental bikes are suitable for youth or adults who are looking for a bike while in Edmonton for a weekend or a few weeks to do some commuting or recreational cycling. They are not appropriate for competition—we do not have racing bikes.
Our refurbished rental bikes are fully tuned-up before every rental and optionally (no additional fee) come with front & rear lights, a lock and a saddlebag with a basic repair kit. We have a limited number of helmets available for use as well, though we cannot promise fit, style, or availability for helmets. Helmets are mandatory in Alberta for people under age 18, but not mandatory for adults.
We accept cash or credit card (via PayPal). A $200 deposit ($400 deposit for tandem rentals) is also required per bike. Deposits, which can be paid via cash or credit card, will be returned in full upon return of the bike providing there is no damage beyond normal wear and tear, and all accessories are present. A portion of the deposit will also be withheld if bikes are returned late, according to the daily rate.
For more information about our bike and trailer rental service please email [email protected].
Pick-up and Returns
Please note that all rental bike pickups and returns must be made at BikeWorks South during our regular operating hours. Rates apply regardless of whether or not BikeWorks has regularly scheduled hours (i.e. if we’re closed on a Friday, or if you are unable to use the shop on a Women, Trans & Non-Binary Sunday, you still have to pay for the full time that you have the bike). Overdue rentals are charged by the day. Any rentals left outside of our facility while we are closed will forfeit the deposit.
Note that we do not rent bikes from our north location at this time. All rentals occur at our south location only.
EBC has two tandem bicycles available for rent. The first (pictured below) is a red, hand-built frame, built in Alberta by Arvon Stacey of Arvon Cycles. The bike is perfect for everything from wedding photos to weekend trips in the river valley to extended bike tours.
The captain (front) position is 55cm (requiring a rider of about 5’10” or taller), and the stoker (rear) position can be configured to fit a wide range of heights, from youth up to 6′ tall adults.
The second tandem bike available for rent is a vintage purple CCM mixte 3 speed with white balloon tires and is perfect for casual rides and photo opportunities. It is suitable for riders who are not tall enough to ride the Arvon tandem.
Rental rates for the tandem bicycles are double the rate for regular bikes: i.e. $50/day, $80 for overnight or $120/week. A $400 deposit is required.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to be a member?
A: While we encourage people to be members, as it supports our services (including the rental program, which does not generate a profit), it is not necessary to rent a bike. Cargo trailer rentals are required to have memberships.
Q: Do you rent road racing bikes?
A: No. Our rental fleet does not include any road bikes suited to racing or competition.
Q: Can I rent a bike or trailer indefinitely?
A: No, bikes and trailers must be rented for a specific period of time.
Q: Can I reserve a bike?
A: Bikes are rented on a first-come, first-served basis. You can, however, call during our regular open hours to see if we are likely to have bikes available on the day of your call.
Q: How long can I rent a bike for?
A: You can rent a bike for as little as a day or as long as a month.
Q: What if my rental bike breaks down?
A: Every rental bike optionally comes equipped with a basic repair kit. If you are unable to repair your bike yourself bring it to BikeWorks and we will repair it as quickly as possible. Please note however, that you are responsible for returning the bike in good condition and that costs for repairs stemming from anything but regular wear and tear may be deducted from your deposit. Also, the renter is responsible for transporting the bike or trailer back to BikeWorks should repairs be required. Note that bikes can be transported on all full size ETS buses as well as the LRT.
Q: Can I pay for a rental bike when I return it?
A: Payment must be made in full at the time of rental.
Q: Do you rent children’s bikes, seats or child trailers?
A: We have a limited number of smaller bikes that would typically fit children aged 10 or older. We don’t rent child seats, child trailers, trail-a-bikes or bikes with wheels smaller than 24 inches, though we may have these items, used, for sale at very reasonable prices at both of our locations.
Q: Do you rent car racks?
A: No, though we occasionally have used car racks for sale for low cost. You will have to come into either of our shops to see of there is something available that is compatible with your vehicle.
Q: Can I extend my bike rental if need be?
A: We will attempt to accommodate rental extensions whenever possible. Appropriate advance notification must be given in writing via email, and you will need to bring the rental bike back to the shop for an inspection and to pay the additional rental fee before or on the original due date.
Q: Do you rent tandems, recumbents or other such bikes?
A: We have a professionally hand-built Arvon tandem as well as a 1960’s 3-speed tandem available for rental. Rates and deposit are double that of a regular bike. The captain (front) position of the Arvon tandem is 55cm (requiring a rider of about 5’10” or taller), and the stoker (rear) position can be configured to fit a wide range of heights, from youth up to 6′ tall adults. The captain and stoker positions on the vintage purple tandem can accommodate adults ranging from 5’3″ to 6′ in height.
Q: Are there any other organizations or businesses that rent bikes in Edmonton?
A: Bike rentals are also available from several commercial bike shops in Edmonton. We are aware of the following:
- Creekside Cyclery (587-525-8241) rents mountain bikes
- River Valley Adventure Co. (780-995-7347) rents mountain bikes for day use only
- Revolution Cycle (780-486-3634) rents fat bikes, road bikes, & fat E-bikes
- United Cycle (780-433-1181) rents all sorts of bikes, including E-bikes
- Edmonton Bike Rentals / Mountain Madness Tours (780-885-9813) rent road bikes and triathlon bikes
- Sustain SU Bike Library rents bikes to people affiliated with the University of Alberta for up to 1 month
- Metterra Hotel provides complimentary bikes for hotel guests
- Matrix Hotel provides complimentary bikes for hotel guests
- Hosteling International (780-988-6836 or 1-866-762-4122) also rents bicycles
If you know of any other organization or business that offers this service in Edmonton, please let us know!