FAQ’s
Have questions about bike rentals on San Juan Island?

Electric Bikes

Q: How long will the battery last?

With the use of all assistance modes and not sitting in turbo all the time. The E-bikes will allow 50 miles or more of travel.

Q: Is an E-Bike for people who are not in good shape?

Sure the not so fit person will benefit from riding an electric bike. But that is not the main reason for choosing an E-Bike. Many visitors to the island have limited time and want to make the most of the time they have. E-bikes allow cyclist of all levels of skill and fitness enjoy more of the island.

So if you are riding with a group of fast riders, sure, rent an E-bike.  If you are a fit cyclist and running short on time and want to see as much as you can before the ferry? Then rent an E-Bike.

Q: Do the electric bikes have a throttle?

All of our electric bikes are pedal assist bikes. So you will have to be pedaling for the electric motor assist you. There is no throttle or need to worry about over throttle and losing control. We have Kona and Felt electric bike with Bosch electric motors. These are high-quality engines that are so smooth you will hardly notice it running.

Q: Will it recharge when pedaling?

Unfortunately, no. The E-Bike require a rather large battery that requires a wall outlet for charging. Charge time is minimal and given that you can get at least 50 miles on a battery, this should not be a concern.

For multi-day rentals, we provide you with a wall charger to take with you.

Hybrid Bikes

Q: Why is it called a hybrid bike?

In today’s world hybrid is an interesting word. We all quickly jump to the conclusion that it must have a motor. But the hybrid bike does not have a motor. It is considered a blend between a road bike and mountain bike. So think of a mountain bike frame with skinny tires. This makes the bike very versatile and comfortable.

Q: Can I ride a hybrid bike around the island?

Absolutely, the hybrid bikes have plenty of gears and more than capable of going around the whole island. The wide gear range and comfortable seated position make it the perfect bike or any rider.

Q: Can I pack a lunch with me?

The hybrid bikes all come with a rear rack and storage bag. The bag provides plenty of room for food items and a light jacket. The bikes also have water bottle cages mounted to the frame.

Road Bikes

Q: Why is the road bike different than other bikes you offer?

The road bikes all have drop bard and shifting in the brake levers. For those new to brake lever shifters, it can be a bit confusing at first. But most get the hang of it pretty quick.

More than anything the seated position puts the rider in a more bent over or forward position. This can feel uncomfortable for new riders.

The gearing of the bike is also different. In general, we tell guests the road bikes have a bit more of a performance gearing and slight harder gears for climbing hills.

Q: Why would I want to rent a road bike.

If you are an experienced road cyclist you will prefer the handling, gearing, and shifters. The road bikes have a more performance feel to the experienced cyclist.

Beginner cyclist may just want to give it a try. Once you get going and have decent fitness the road bike becomes the bike of choice.

Overall a bit snappier and quicker feel.

Q: Do road bikes have rear racks.

We typically have an under seat bag mounted on the bike for basic repair equipment. But when requested we can mount a rear rack and bag at no additional cost.

Q: Why do your road bikes not have super skinny tires?

We have selected road bikes that are good on multi-surfaces. The roads around San Juan Island can be a bit rough and having a bit more volume in the tires helps smooth things or and reduce vibrations. None of our road bikes have 23mm tires. We do not have any road race style bikes.

Rental Details

Q: What if I get a flat tire?

All bikes have a flat tire repair kit with instruction on fixing a flat.

Q: Can I take the bike to other islands?

Yes. Many guests rent bikes and head over to Lopez and Orcas Island. All the islands are great for cycling. Some just have a few more hills than others.

Q: I am camping and need panniers.

We offer panniers for rent for $15 and a flatbed trailer for $25. Simply email and request the items you need and will confirm availability.

Q: Can I drop the bike off after hours.

Yes. We have an after-hours dropoff behind our shop. Simply lock the bikes off then call the office to leave a voicemail that the bikes are back. We will have a staff member retrieve the bikes.

Q: What about overnight rentals?

We have overnight rental availability on all of our bikes. There is a special rate for multi-day bookings. Visit the bike rentals page for details.

Q: Do I have to wear a helmet?

Though it is not Washington State law for anyone over the age of 18 to wear a helmet. We will refuse to rent a bike to anyone who does not agree to wear a helmet. It’s company policy!

Q: What all is included in the rental fee?

All bike rentals include:

  • Helmet
  • Flat repair kit
  • Bike lock
  • Rear rack and bag (Electric and Hybrid)
  • Rear rack and bag (Road Bike by request)