Southern California is a bike paradise. HB has devoted significant resources for cycling access. Whether you're on vacation or planning a day trip, there are numerous places for Huntington Beach bike rentals. Many nearby cities include designated lanes and trails. The Orange County Transportation Authority continues its quest for a regional bikeway network. Added signage, widened sidewalks, and trails now make it easier and safer to travel.
Renting a bike in Huntington Beach, CA can run as low as $10. Many hotels have beach cruisers for full or half day rentals. Some have kid's bicycles. Check with them first unless you require a specific type.
The advantage of using a bike rental store vs. a hotel is pricing. A longer period usually leads to a discount. If you're in the persuasion business, you can try to negotiate with the hotels. Don't expect them to budge. Going into town provides the best options.
Riding in HB is not without risks. Warner and Edinger which intersects with Beach Blvd are some of the busiest intersections. It's recommended to avoid cycling here as drivers tend to speed. There have been accidents
There are a number of places for Huntington Beach bike rentals although that's diminished in recent years. Here's some local spots to consider.
1. Bargain Bike. Located in downtown, beach cruiser rentals start at $10. Don't expect new but reviewers claim they're well maintained. 602 Pacific Coast Hwy. Tel: 714-362-5868. Hours: Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Otherwise open 10 am to 4:30 pm.
2. Pedego. Known for electric, they're open rain or shine. Daily rates for manual start at $20 and they offer tours. Models include baskets for pets 5 lbs or less. Helmets and locks included. If you think you might need some help, electric bike rentals start at $75 a day. The secure valet parking is free to the community. 301 5th Street .(714) 465-2782. Hours are daily Daily 10AM - 5PM.
3. E-LUX Electric Bikes. Custom designed, they offer speeds up to 23 mph. Awarded 2015-2016 Editor's choice for Best Cruisers by Electric Bike Review. Full day from $75. 326 Main St. #101. Tel: (714) 916-0726.
Shops typically focus on sales and maintenance. If you're in the market for a new ride or repair, these Huntington Beach bike shops are worth a visit.
1. REI. Known for outdoor camping, equipment and accessories, they also sell bikes. Each purchase comes with a free tune-up. They recommend 20 hours or 6 months of use. They also run a number of free classes for outdoor activities. 7777 Edinger Ave. Ste 138. Tel (714) 379-1938. Hours: Monday - Friday, 10am - 9pm, Saturday, 10am - 8pm, Sunday 10am - 7pm. Located in the Bella Terra Mall.
2. Common Ground Bike Shop. They claim to have the largest BMX freestyle frames in SoCal. They buy & sell and have hard to find parts. 80s, 90s, and current models. 5192 Bolsa Ave. Tel: (714) 893-3706.
3. JAX. Established in 1971, they sell and repair a number of bikes. 30-day money back guarantee if you don't fall in love with your bike. They sell and service BMX, cruisers, electric, mountain, kids, and specialty. Basic Tune Up is $69.99. Signup for ride events. Brands: TREK, Electra, Pivot, Haro, Pure Fix, FitBike. 410 Main Street. Tel: (714) 969-8684
4. Surf City Cyclery. Full service shop that sells and repairs. Each purchase includes lifetime basic adjustments. Store credit is issued when another shop advertises at a lower price within 2 months of purchase. Basic repair from $80. 7470 Edinger Ave. Tel: (714) 842-1717. Hours: M-F 10-7, Sat 9-6, Sun 10-5
5. Huntington Beach Bicycle Company. Their motto: "Sell high quality beach cruisers with style and attitude." Options for mens, women's, boys, and girls. If Harley Davidson made a beach cruiser, this is what it would look like. Prices from $299. 328 Main St. Tel: 714.842.4222
There are plenty of places to ride. For pure enjoyment and safety, here are some notable paths. Parking is available at any of the state beaches for $15.
1. Huntington Beach Bike Trail. Also known as The Strand, it stretches 8.5 miles. The trail starts at PCH and Warner Ave. South, it runs all the way into Newport Beach. From the pier going north, it intersects with the Santa Ana River Trail. Paved, it's suitable for roller skating and jogging.
2. The Santa Ana River Trail & Parkway. One of the holy grails of cycling in Orange County, it runs over 70 miles. Under development, it will span 100 miles upon completion. The Santa Ana Trail was designed with no interruptions unlike most city paths. It runs all the way to Azusa in the San Gabriel Valley.
It's a paved multi-use trail often referred to as a "highway for cyclists". Along the way are wild flowers, birds, and occasional mountain lions. Enter on the west side of the river.
NOTE: Reports of homeless camps under some bridges. Exercise caution.
3. Biking to Newport Beach Pier. It's not as far it seems. Assuming one starts at the beginning of the JB trail Warner & PCH it's about 11 miles with 50 mins to 1 hour. It depends on how crowded it is. Summers and weekends are the busiest. So plan accordingly. Read the gear section below before to ensure you're well prepared.
1. With any city, bike theft is a problem.
a. You definitely don't want to be liable. Make sure there's a durable lock and not the wire variety. They can be cut. HB has stepped up with cameras but make sure it's secure.
b. Never leave a bike unattended. At shops, thieves sometimes lurk nearby waiting in the wings.
2. Essentials Items. Ok, so you've got the ride. Now it's time to be prepared when you're out there riding. Here are the must haves.
- Seat Bag. This is for storage.
- Spare Tube. Don't get stranded with a flat.
- Air Pump. Typically mounts in the center frame.
- Water Bottle. Stay hydrated.
- Steel Lock. A U-lock will suffice.
- Multi-Tool. Components loosen with use and this tool will tighten the usual suspects.
- Tire lever. To remove a tire, you need this. Carry two unless one breaks.
- Helmet. Protect the squash.
If you're not a regular rider, don't push it or you'll be more susceptible to cramps.