Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Bike Milwaukee- Tours and Rentals

Milwaukee has become such a bikeable city, and now there are more choices than ever before to get out on a bike and discover the city. Even if you don't own a bike, you can still do this.  Many tours include bike rental. If you want to bike the city on your own, get a Bublr bike and rent by the half-hour or buy a pass for multiple rides. You can even buy a pass that is good all year and can be used in other cities too. What a deal.

If you just want to take a group along the lakefront, Wheel Fun Rentals at Veterans Park offers surrey bikes, which have one, two or three benches. They also have single bikes and tandems for rent.  The difference with these rentals, is that you don't return them to stations around the city. You pick up and drop off at the same location. Rent by the hour or even a full day. You could ride the Oak Leaf Trail from here in either direction. You'll find other bike rental services on Yelp.

So let's find the perfect venue for you to become an urban explorer. Maybe you just want to bike on your own. That's easy to do with added bike lanes going in all over the city. Use Milwaukee's bike map to find your own route. The map we had printed several years ago is now out of print, but you can download Avenza and use the Milwaukee map as you bike. The in-app purchase is $3.99. It also includes southeastern Wisconsin, just in case you want to venture further. You could also use Google maps on your smart phone and choose the bike option for clear mapping and directions.

Do you like beer tours?  Check out a ride with Hopheadtours. This isn't a pub crawl, but focuses on the history and places where beer made Milwaukee famous.  These are on the 2nd Saturday of the Month, May – October. 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Departure Location: Lakefront Brewery, 1872 Commerce Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Join us for this big city bike ride! We’ll meet you at the foot of Brewer’s Hill to begin our history bike ride through downtown Milwaukee visiting historic brewery sites. Milwaukee has a deep German lager brewing heritage and we’re going to show you Schlitz, Blatz, Pabst and Miller Breweries w/ history at each stop. After most of the history, we’ll head to Milwaukee Ale House for a beer tasting and opportunity for lunch. Finally, we’ll take you down along the Summerfest grounds, along the lakeshore past the stunning and iconic Milwaukee Art Museum and through the trendy neighborhood of Brady Street to end back at Lakefront Brewery for their famous tour. It’ll be a day you won’t forget!

Spirit Bike Milwaukee  is a locally owned bike tour aimed to show visitors and residents the history, revitalization, and urban lifestyle of Milwaukee. There are two different tours, as well as a custom option. The Cream City Tour is three hours in the city of Milwaukee.  The Valley Vibe ride goes through the Menomonee Valley for two hours. Look for tour descriptions on their website.

For locals and tourists interested in a fun and unique way to see Milwaukee, why not try a tour of Milwaukee on a round, seven seat bicycle that everyone pedals and one person steers? That would be the Seven Seat Bike tour. Again, there are two very different options. One focuses on ghastly historic tales of Milwaukee.  The other is a food tour.  I have done both and loved them equally.

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