It’s not always easy to find a bicycle rental shop in Connecticut, especially if such a shop is not located in the middle of a busy tourist area. However, there are some shops that encourage bicycle enthusiasts to find a place to rent a bike, whether they’re away from home or just entering the experience. Here are the five best shops in Connecticut to rent a bicycle. Each shop is unique and offers various rental opportunities.

Renaissance Cyclery
49 W. Main St.
Plainville, CT 06062
(860) 747-2909

When a “mom and pop” bicycle shop has been around for 40 years, then it’s not only one that customers can count on, but it also has a personal reputation on the line. While many bicycle shops don’t rent out bikes, and even fewer shops sell used bikes, Renaissance Cyclery does both. As a matter of fact, its rental bikes are used bikes. Whether visiting a relative in Plainville or visiting in Connecticut for the week, checking out Renaissance Cyclery is a friendly place to assist you in your bicycle necessities.

Central Wheel
62 Farmington Ave.
Farmington, CT 06032
(860) 677-7010

Here’s a bike shop that rents bikes by the hour, by the day and even by the month. Located near the scenic West Hartford Reservoir, people who come to visit the Farmington community will be able to rent road bikes, MTBs and hybrid bikes. The shop, which also sells bikes, works closely with the community. According to its website, Central Wheel has “partnered with local high schools providing them with bikes that you, our customers, have donated.”

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The Bicycle Cellar
532 Hopmeadow St.
Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 658-1311

The Bicycle Cellar at Simsmore Square takes pride in its array of bike rentals to choose from. Offering a wide range of bikes to accommodate the entire family, this shop is ready to make any vacation or afternoon bike ride a memorable one. Located near many bike trails, renting a bike here provides a great location to get your bike ride started nearby. However, if you planned your bike experience elsewhere, then The Bicycle Cellar offers a WeeHoo iGo bicycle trailer for rent. Whether you want to rent a bike for the day or for your entire trip, the selection here is sure to accommodate your needs.

Ridgefield Bicycle Company
88 Danbury Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877
(203) 438- 0489

Every year, Ridgefield Bicycle Company has seen its bicycle rentals continue to rise. So this year, the shop is making available three categories of bikes to choose from. The first choice is the purely cruiser type, or recreational-type bike. The second is an entry-level road bike, and the third option is a demo-carbon road bike or a full-suspension mountain bike. Because there are so many races in this area of Connecticut, racers will often stop by this shop to rent their bikes. As the owners state on the website, “We want all cyclists to feel comfortable and welcome in our store. If you are looking for a kid’s bike, mountain bike, road bike or anything in between, you will find it with us.”

Cheshire Cycle & Repair
3550 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT 06518
(203) 891-5320

Cheshire Cycle always has a hybrid bike available for rent. Because it’s located right on the Linear Bike Canal Trail, visitors and bicyclists who want a trail will find one at Cheshire Cycle. This shop even sponsors a road racing team. Because of its perfect location, it’s the ideal bike shop – especially for those who want to ride the trail and rent a bike to do so. The staff here has plenty of experience and knowledge when it comes to cycling and bicycling needs. This shop maintains that Connecticut is not only an excellent place for cycling, but that cycling is “excellent for the body.”

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Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at