Visiting on business - want to hire a road bike and join a Sunday ride!

Hi,

Visiting Melbourne on business from a cold, foggy UK. I have two questions - hope you can help!

I'd like to hire a road bike for a day - can anyone give me an address/URL for somewhere central where I can pick one up? I'm staying in a hotel on Collins Street in the CBD.

Hate feeling like crap after flying 23 hours tound the world, so need a ride to purge the system. Anyone know of a group I could join on Sunday 5th February? I normally ride with my club for 3-4 hours at about 27km/h average speed, but jet lag and temperature might bring that down a bit! I can ride out to a meeting point in the suburbs if necessary.

Cheers!

Adam

G.S. Henley  -  www.gshenley.com/

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Hi Adam,

Got a couple of links for you for the bike hire part of your post:

http://www.borsaricycles.com.au/loadShopWorkshop.do

http://www.bikenow.com.au/hire/bike-hire/

We rented a bike from BikeNow last month when we had an overseas guest from the states for almost a month including riding in Tasmania. I didn't know about Borsari Cycles hiring out bikes till wandering in Carlton just the other night. Looks like an old time shop, which it is.

Hope somebody else can hook you up for a ride.

cheers,

bruce

For groups just head down to beach road, you will find thousands of riders and i am sure you can tag on a group to Mordialloc (~30km) or Frankston (~45km) each way. Otherwise the following shos have sunday rides

Hampton Cycles
Departs Blackrock shops @ the Pharmacy - 6.30am Saturday and 7.00am on Sunday

or Balywn cycles shop rides

Mordi – An 80km ride down to Mordialloc and back. Great for newbies and anyone else after a reasonably flat Sunday ride.

Sass’n'back – 80km out to Sassafras on Mt. Dandenong and back. Rolling hills lead you to the bottom of Dandenong, a great climb for beginners and intermediates: not too steep, but relentless until you reach Sass.

Hill Challenge – St. Andrews – 110km out to St. Andrews (near Kinglake). Non-stop hill action for the intermediate to experienced rider. The egg and bacon roll at Smiths Gully General Store is a highlight!

or

The freedom machine
Williamstown Stevedore St.
This ride leaves the Williamstown store at 7.00am every Sunday,and is a steady bunch ride to Little River and return, back around 10am. A total distance of 100km at an average speed of 30-35km/h+ followed by coffee there after. A reasonable level of fitness is required and a road bike or Time Trial bike is required.

Thanks Bruce and Neil. Loads to go on here, and I'm looking forward to a ride next weekend. I'll probably go for one of the Balwyn shop rides, but what time do they leave?

Cheers - Adam

7am at the shop

As this page still gets plenty of views by folks who are looking to rent a bike in Melbourne, I should let readers know that a site called Livelo provides visiting business people with high quality road bikes to hire (or rent) with a full set of accessories. 

Cheers Pete

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