Try before you ride
Practical Cycle bike rentals
If you're uncertain about buying a bike and not sure you want to spend the money on a purchase, a rental is an easy, inexpensive way to try it out. There are many local rental options, including Practical Cycle in Old Sacramento, which offers a choice of standard, multispeed and electric bikes in single and tandem models. All are available with optional tagalongs, trailers and baby seats for the kiddos. Hourly rates start at $5 and daily rates start at $25. The store also offers helpful cycling tips and advice on routes. 114 J Street, (916) 706-0077, www.practicalcycle.com.