We wish we had a dollar for every time someone in the Venice area called looking for an electric bike or trike. Back when we sold retail we actually carried an electric hub kit that replaced the front wheel of any bike. Electric motors on regular bikes are sweet if all you really want to do is get from point A to Point B, but we've found that putting them on recumbent bikes and trikes makes better sense because they have more options for carrying cargo in baskets or large saddlebags.

Check out our short article that contains a couple of links for more information about the particular motor kit that we recommend.

Recumbent Bike for rent. Image copyright © 2016All of us at Beach Bike and Trikes love to ride recumbents. We remember a time years ago when you could ride all over Venice and the Legacy Trail and not see another recumbent other than the one we were riding! These days you are almost guaranteed to see one on the trails.

Beginning in the 2016-2017 Season we will offer them for rent so that you can get a taste of what "riding a bent" is all about.

Bike mechanic using a spoke wrench.  Image copyright © 2016You could try to fit your bike into the trunk of your car for a trip to the bike shop. Just use your side-view mirrors now that the trunk lid will be up for the ride. And nobody will notice a couple of scratches in the paint, right? Or you could just give us a call at 941-412-3821 for on-site service, or free round-trip transportation to and from our shop. And simple repairs performed on-site cost exactly the same as if you brought your bike into the shop. So why would you haul it yourself? We come to you!

We take fun seriously, and make no apologies for being proud that we are the best bike rental service in Venice Florida, as well as Nokomis, and Englewood. We got to be the best over these past many years because of one thing: Giving Excellent Service. It's as simple as that. From the time you first contact us by phone at (941) 412-3821 all the way through the conclusion of your rental period, you are in expert, capable hands. Who told us that we were the best bike rental service in Venice Florida? You did. Thanks for that, and thanks for coming back. We won't let you down.

Call us at 941-412-3821 ©2015

A Day-Ride is a bike rental that is delivered to you in the morning and picked up on the same day in the afternoon. We can deliver rental bikes to day-ride customers at any of our trail-side delivery locations along the Venice Bike Trail and The Legacy Trail, but two of our favorite places to start a ride from are Oscar Scherer Park in the north section of the Legacy Trail, and Shamrock Park in the south section of the Venice Bike Trail (aka. Venetian Waterway Park Trail). Because they are in opposite directions from each other, it's a simple matter to ride from one park to the other for scenic day ride.

Sign at entrance to Oscar Scherer Park. ©2014

We've just gotten some new trikes in and they are available to rent.

One of the things that happens to us as we age is that we tend to develop some balance issues. (We even have a T-shirt that says, "I've fallen, and can't reach my beer!".) But we do still love cycling, and the outdoors, and the fresh air, and we simply don't want to give that up. Maybe we've even had to give up the use of a car, for whatever reason.

Adult trikes to the rescue!

One of our Adult Rental Trikes. ©2014

We have a lot of customers who have a vacation-home here in the Venice area, and also a main residence up north. And while their northern home has plenty of room for bike storage, their vacation home does not. We love for people to rent bikes from us, but sometimes renting for longer than a couple of weeks is impractical. Wouldn't it be great to have your own bike (or a second-bike) down here in Florida?

At Beach Bikes and Trikes we are pleased to provide our off season bike storage service for customers who don't have a place to store their bike while they are away. When you head back home, we'll come pickup your bike, and bring it back to you when you return.

High and Dry! Bikes storage service for the off-season. ©2014

Two common bicycle repairs that we perform at Beach Bikes and Trikes is spoke replacement and wheel-truing. Even though most wheel spokes are made from stainless steel, our salty Florida air seems to corrode them faster than in some other parts of the country. That's why we treat our rental bikes as fleet-vehicles, and make sure that our tires and rims are in good shape is part of a regular inspection process.

Using a spoke wrench to straighten a bent rim. ©2014

The eagles have landed! Recently (January 11) while riding on the Venetian Waterway Park Trail (aka Venice Bike Trail) we spotted some bald eagles nesting in the vicinity of Circus Bridge. Look for them near the area where the Venice trail goes in behind Darby Buick on the boardwalk. MAP

A Bald Eagle near the Legacy Trail in Venice Florida. ©2014

At Venice Bikes and Trikes one of the reasons we caution people to stay on the sidewalks and bike trails when riding one of our rental bikes is because 'everything in Florida has teeth', even the grass. If you've ever stepped on a sand-spur, you know what we're talking about. Not only is that little thorn as sharp as a needle, it is quite capable of drilling right into your tire and puncturing your inner-tube. Most of the flats we fix are due to puncture from sandspurs, but there are some things you can do to minimize their impact on your riding.

Sandspurs. The Flat Tire Culprit in Florida. ©2014
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