Bike Rentals

Please note that any reservation requests for the week of July 22 may not be available.

Email us at swcycle@gmail.com or use our Online Request form noted below.
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.

Breaking News!  We’re excited to say that were recently praised by Gazelle, our e-bike partner, as one of their top four US bike shops for vacation rentals and rides!  Check out the link!  https://www.gazellebikes.com/en-us/blog/gazelle-getaways

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 $99 $499
Hybrid Bikes $35 $165
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 $10 $50
Tray Racks for E-Bikes $25 Inquire

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

Important to Know

    • For a full selection and faster service once in the shop, we strongly suggest that you request a bike reservation in advance, using our new Reservation Request Form (link is at bottom of this page.)
    • Please reserve at least 48 HOURS 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 advance reservations are attended to first.
    • We’re unable to offer refunds for returns made prior to the paid rental period.
    • For your safety, rental bikes may not be put inside of cars, nor have wheels removed.  We have racks to rent.
    • We’re unable to deliver rental bikes, being a full-service shop with a busy staff. Please see our Racks section below for that option.
    • E-bike weight capacity is for a rider up to and not exceeding 250 lbs. 
    • Renting for 2 or more weeks? Further discounts apply – please ask us!

  • 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.
    Mountain Bikes

    A rugged bike, but not necessary for MDI riding.  Flatter handlebars create forward riding position, all are hardtails.

    Gravel Bikes

    For the sportier/more ambitious rider.  Lighter than hybrid bikes with a more forward geometry. Drop bars allow multiple hand positions.   Gravel bikes are slowly replacing roadies in our rental fleet, but we may be able to supply a road bike, check with us.  We can install our single-sided SPD pedals- or your pedals- on our Gravel rentals upon request.

    • 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.  Suitable for the occasional rider who doesn’t need a go-fast bike.
    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.   The rental includes a seat with hitch, or we can install a hitch on your seat post.

We don’t rent child seats.

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 bikes 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 smooth-riding 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 inside for the overnight.
  • Except for July and August (peak season when next-day demand is high), you may be able to return other rental types up until 8:00 pm by locking them to the racks behind the shop.  Ask us about that possibility. 

* 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 (we’ll tell you some routes) or transporting bikes in a pickup bed, a rack will be needed, whether it’s yours or ours.  Racks give you freedom to explore the whole island, and we can suggest additional good rides. 

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 Road and 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