Bike Rentals

Why Rent a Great Bike from Southwest Cycle?

We inspect and maintain a rental fleet of over 85 bikes made by Fuji, Bianchi, and Breezer, with e-bikes by Gazelle and Bianchi. We love to ride here and love to share what we know with our visitors.

We are absolutely the shop for you if you’re staying on the “Quietside” – Southwest Harbor, Bass Harbor, Tremont, Pretty Marsh, Somesville- no matter where on the island you want to ride.

If you’re staying on the east side – Bar Harbor, Hadley Point, Hulls Cove, or Otter Creek and if you only plan to ride the carriage roads – we may not be the best choice for you.  We’re about 20 minutes away.

Whether you just have a day for a bit of the carriage roads (20 minute drive from our shop), or want to experience the relaxed riding on the Quietside and the islands, we have the bikes, racks, and local knowledge to make your visit and riding truly memorable.

SOUTHWEST CYCLE RENTAL INFORMATION – 2024

Bike Style Rate / Day Rate / Week
E-Bikes $109 $600
Hybrid Bikes $40 $200
Comfort Bikes $40 $200
Mountain Bikes $40 $200
Gravel Bikes $75 $400
Kids Bikes – With Gears
(or Coaster Brakes – inquire)
$35 $175
Tag-a-longs $25 $125
Child Trailers
(single or double)
$25 $125
Trunk and Hitch Racks $20 $100
Tray Racks (E-Bikes only) $25 Inquire

*Helmets, locks and basic maps provided at no extra charge.*

Important to Know

    • We STRONGLY suggest that you request a bike reservation in advance, using our new Request Form (coming soon!)  Call the shop until the form is ‘live’.
    • Your request MUST BE MADE at least 2 DAYS IN ADVANCE, so that we’ll have time to confirm back to you.
      (Ex., if you want to reserve bikes for July 4, please submit the Request Form by July 2.)
    • We rent for full calendar days
    • Walk-in rentals are always welcome, but parties with reservations are attended to first.
    • We’re unable to offer refunds for early returns.
    • Renting for 2 or more weeks? Discounted rates apply – please ask us!
    • For your safety, bikes may not be put inside of cars, nor have wheels removed.  We have racks to rent.
    • As a full-service shop with a busy staff, we’re unable to deliver rental bikes. Please see our Racks section below.

    OUR RENTAL BIKE TYPES

    E-Bikes – we rent Class I e-bikes (20mph max./non-throttle), the only Class allowed in Acadia National Park.

    E-bike Rental Safety Notes:

    1.   E-Bike riders must be 18 years or older and wear a helmet.
    2.  The e-bike rider must be present for an explanation of the e-bike’s controls.
    3.  E-bikes cannot tow kids’ Trailers or Tag-a-longs.
    4.  To transport e-bikes, you’ll need an open-bed pickup truck or a receiver hitch rack (see Rack section below) to carry e-bikes (max of 2 e-bikes per rack).

    NEW for 2024 are multi-day e-bike rentals.  E-bikes must be protected from the elements overnight. They are closely inspected upon return; necessary repairs will be explained to you and charged to your credit card.


  • Hybrid Bikes
    Our all-purpose, most-rented bike. Ideal for riding on both the carriage roads and pavement. Rigid front forks, wide-range gears, and mid-width tires for stable handling on all surfaces.
    Comfort Bikes

    These provide a leisurely, upright riding position with higher handlebars, wider padded seats, front suspension forks, slightly wider tires, and step-thru frames for an easier ride.

    Mountain Bikes

    A rugged bike, but not necessary for MDI riding.  Flatter handlebars create forward riding position. Most models have front suspension forks.

    Gravel Bikes

    For the sportier/more ambitious rider.  Lighter than hybrid bikes. Drop bars allow multiple hand positions.  Most rentals have hydraulic disc brakes which provide superior stopping on carriage/gravel roads.

    Most rentals come with single-sided SPD pedals (or we can install your pedals.)

    Kids Bikes

    With gears and hand brakes (or with coaster brakes – please inquire) Sorry, no training wheels. 

    Tag-a-longs

    Maximum child weight: 50 lbs. Use our seat with the necessary receiver, or we can install the receiver on your bicycle seat post for a minimal charge.

    Child Trailers (Single and Double)

    W.C. Fields had a lot to say about children and animals, so only children may ride in our trailers!  No animals, ever. 
    We provide a seat with hitch, or we can install a hitch on your seat post.

    CANCELLATIONS

    If you must cancel your reservation, you must call us 2 days before your rental start date to avoid incurring a charge.  This allows us to release your bike(s) for another customer. If you do not show up for your reservation, your credit card will be charged.

    PICKING UP BIKES

    You can pick up your bike(s) between opening time and 3:30pm, when out-going rentals stop for the day and we shift to taking in returns. (please see website for current times.)

    RETURNING BIKES

    All our rental bikes are checked and adjusted after every rental, so you will have a safe and clean bike. To allow us time to do this:

  • E-bikes, Gravel bikes and Trailers must be returned 30 minutes before shop closing so that we can check and secure them.
  • Hybrid, Comfort, Mountain, Kids bikes and Tag-A-Longs may be returned up until 8:00 pm by locking them to the bicycle racks behind the shop.

* We may charge a fee for a late or missed drop-off (up to the cost of an additional day’s rental if it prevents us from renting to a new customer the following day.) *

CAR RACKS & RENTING A RACK

Unless you are riding from the shop or transporting bikes in a pickup bed, a rack will be needed, whether it’s yours or ours. 

Use the Rack Finder to determine whether your car or SUV can take one of our rack styles.  Long experience tells us we cannot guarantee fitment until the vehicle is here at the shop. With more plastic parts and thinner sheet metal on many vehicles today, our first concern is to be careful with your vehicle.

  • Trunk Racks mount to trunk lids, bumpers or top of liftbacks of station wagons, minivans and SUV’s. They carry 1 – 4 bicycles (number of bikes depends on auto.) As a rule, sedans can only carry 3 bikes safely.
  • Hitch Racks mount to trailer hitch receivers – maximum of 4 bicycles (1-1/4″ receiver hitch required) or 5 bicycles (2″receiver hitch required.)
  • Tray Racks are used for rental e-bikes and also mount in a trailer hitch receiver. Our rental tray racks can carry 2 e-bikes.

ACCESSORIES

Helmets, locks and basic maps provided at no extra charge. Excellent detailed biking and trail maps – highly recommended- are for sale, too.

Flat repair kits are available upon request 1/party (no ebikes). Flats are very rare.

SPD MTN pedals can be installed upon request – for other clip-in styles please bring your own.

Click to go to the Reservation Request Form

 

 

Serving the Mount Desert Island community and visitors to Acadia National Park since 1981