on June 8, 2011
We just took a cycling vacation to Montreal. What a wonderful city. So much to do, so much to see, so much to sample. And, so bike friendly.We planned to ride both the Tour la Nuit (a night ride) and the Tour de I'lle (the largest single cycling event in the world- about 30,000 cyclists) and we needed bikes.So, we rented a tandem from Ca Roule (which looked good on the website) for the la Nuit tour and rented mountain bikes from My Bicyclette for the I'lle ride. Our rental choices were planned more for our off-the-bike site seeing itinerary than anything else.Others have recommended Ca Roule, but I can't do that. Aside from its location (beautiful Old Montreal) dealing with Ca Roule was a disappointing experience.First, it apparently caters exclusively to tourists (red flag anyone?). Then the tandem we got was poorly maintained (it had a frayed derailleur cable and half way to the hotel, started skipping gears). But we rode la Nuit anyway. The next day, after returning this junker, the 'colleague' who checked us in added an extra fee he explained as an additional 'tax' (of 20%) to our bill.My advice? Skip Ca Roule, take the Metro to Lionel-Groulx station, walk a few blocks past Atwater Market, across the blue foot bridge, turn right and rent from Dave (the owner and a biker) at My Bicyclette. Then check out beautiful, friendly Montreal on a GOOD bike.
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