Here’s our list of bike hire options in and around Canberra.
1. Brompton bikes
People will see you coming on these little beauties. Hireable from the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre, Brompton bikes are light, practical and convenient – and easy to ride. Included in your hire are helmets, map and a quick guide on how to steer, brake and fold. As highly portable, foldable bikes, they’re easy to take on public transport too.
Hire fees range from $20 for two hours to $45 for a full day (adult prices).
2. Share A Bike
A self-service bike rental, Share A Bike, is a simple way to grab a bike while you’re out and about. There are stations set up in the city and south of Lake Burley Griffin. There’s a good mix of bikes available, including child bikes and even a couple of bike trailers.
Swipe your credit card at a Share A Bike station at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Novotel Canberra, Pacific Suites, Little National Hotel, Brassey Hotel, Adina Serviced Apartments Kingston and Mantra MacArthur Hotel. Rates start at $1.50 per hour (for a 24-hour hire) or $12 for a one-hour hire.
They also offer a premium delivery service called Bikes2You so you can pre-order the type and size of bike you’re after, then have it delivered to your preferred starting point.
A bikeshare option is available through airbike – a dockless bike hire platform accessible via an app. Once you have downloaded the app and registered, you can locate a bike near you, unlock the bike and helmet, then you’re off.
When you’re finished, relock the bike and you’re all done. Simple!
4. NewActon Bike Hire
NewActon precinct is a buzzing place to stay, eat and ride. Close to the city and the lake, you can explore the area or take a ride deeper into the city centre. Unlock a bike for one hour, four hours or 24 hours. Prices range from $11 to $33.
5. Cycle Canberra
Cycle Canberra is based at the Australian National University. With a complete range of bike options for all riders, they offer free delivery and pickup to your accommodation or the lake and they’re open Monday to Saturday.
Hire rates vary depending on the type of bike. Rates for an e-bike or tandem bike start at $75, while a hybrid/city bike start at $40.
6. Cycle City Hire
Cycle City Hire at Stromlo Forest Park has your mountain bike needs covered. Their full suspension bikes help you tackle the trails, while the littlies can also practice on a toddler balance bike. Safety gear is included.
These guys have thought of everything: a shuttle bus can take you and your bike to the top of the mountain and then when you safely make it to the bottom, you can grab a refreshment at the Handlebar.
Book a hire online, and note that the shopfront is only open Saturday and Sunday. If you need a mid-week hire, contact Cycle City in Fyshwick.
When performance matters, go to Livelo. You can choose from high-quality carbon road bikes and have your choice delivered to your hotel concierge the night before your ride. Livelo will even collect the bike on your final rental day. Need to find the best road route? Book a guided road bike tour with Livelo.
8. Hotel bikes
Many of Canberra’s hotels offer bike hire services, so you can set off right from the doorstep for a fun day out.
9. Bike stores
Canberra has many cycling stores selling top quality bikes for all interests. Many also hire bikes to the public, including Pushy’s and Cycle City – both in Fyshwick.
10. A guided adventure
Head out on a tour for an invigorating adventure. Mulga Bicycle Tours can show you the sights of Canberra during the warmer months on a guided half-day Canberra Bike Tour, or a multi-day tour that takes in Canberra and surrounding NSW. Tours include bike and helmet hire, as well as a small bag to carry your essentials.
The experienced crew at Dynamic Motivation operate Stromlo Forest Park shuttle services and mountain biking skills training classes, including school holiday programs.