Exploring Charleston by Bicycle

With almost no hills and many places to rent bikes, Charleston begs riders to take to the streets for a self-guided pedal tour

Find time to travel on two wheels—Charleston’s quaint streets are best seen up close, and a packed weekend itinerary begs for an easy, in-and-out around town. Whether you’ve got kids or a pup to tow, or you’re just eager to burn off another award-winning dinner, Charleston has the resources to make your pedaling perfect. Local businesses rent out bikes, trikes, tandems and more. We’ll help you get from Point A to Point B in breezy style. Start here:

Affordabike

King Street’s one-stop shop for bikes on a budget rents bikes beginning at $20 and sells customized bikes beginning at $150. Tons of rental options available, but we especially love that they’ll rent you a tandem! 534 King St., Charleston, 843.789.3281 

Mike’s Bikes

Open since 1988, Mike and his crew offer daily bicycle rentals that start at $20—with baby seats and bikes for kids, too. Delivery and bike racks available as well. 808 Folly Rd., James Island, 843.795.3322; 709 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant, 843.884.5884 

The Bicycle Shoppe

Charleston’s oldest bike shop offers walk-in bike rentals, but if you’re staying elsewhere, you can reserve your bicycle online for delivery. Rent everything from helmets and trailers to training-wheeled and full-size rides. 1539 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Mount Pleasant, 843.884.7433; 280 Meeting St., Charleston, 843.722.8168 

Vendue Inn

Guests of the Vendue Inn have first dibs on their free comfy cruisers, making the rest of us very jealous, indeed. 19 Vendue Range, Charleston, 843.577.7970 

Local Resources for Bicycling in Charleston

Charleston Moves: A local advocacy group that keeps Charlestonians in the loop about bike-worthy news. 

Coastal Cyclists: This recreational bicycling club started in 1972 and is host to a variety of group rides. Click “Weekly Club Rides” and check out its Google calendar.

Map My Ride: The app and website have a collection of 1,500-plus routes that range from 120-plus-mile pedalpumpers from Charleston to Columbia to a 12-mile waterside ramble around the peninsula.

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