Bicycle touring in New England

Bike tours and daily rentals in different areas

two people biking through the fall foliage near the Quabbin Reservoir

two people biking through the fall foliage near the Quabbin Reservoir

Bicycling through the fall foliage is something that I wish I took more time to do. This page will list half-day, full day rentals, as well as multi-day tours. I looked for locations that have Bikes for rent with support on routes and advice to get to scenic locations. (but not all do)

This page will be evolving so check back from time to time. Also if you have a great experience please send me a note via the contact page and put me in contact with the tour or the bike shop and I’ll try to get them listed so others can enjoy two wheeling through the fall colors!

NOTE* I’m not listing everything that I find on Google, just a selection. Also I’m not endorsing these businesses outside of finding them and putting them here for you to start your search with. Please call ahead and ensure they have bikes for your entire party. Not all have kids bikes!

If you have a question for a specific area I would check with the local towns, Chamber of commerce. A safe sign of a good business is being a member of their local Chamber.

 Maine biking opportunities

Acadia National park. You can check out Bike New England’s website for Maine tours and maps. Gordon suggests contacting a Bar Harbor bike shop (which I did) There are several to pick from and this is just a selection.

Bar Harbor bike: who tells me that they rent 7 days/week through Columbus day and then it’s Tuesday – Saturday till Christmas. Hours are 9-5 but call ahead to ensure availability.

Acadia Bike: They like to emphasis that at the end of each season they sell off all the bike and each spring they start with all new bikes.  Reservations are welcome

Here is a webpage put out by the National Park service on the biking available in Acadia.

Here is a listing of trails in Maine by the rail trail conservancy. These trails vary by length but should be fairly easy to travel on. If you don’t know what a rail trail is? then follow this link to explore the outdoors

Vermont biking opportunities

AJ’s sporting goods just outside Stowe Vermont. They pointed out that they are on a 5 mile paved biking path and you can rent a bike there and immediately hit the trail for a ten mile round trip ride. There  are several bridges and a covered walking bridge along this route. This area should be good from later Sept-mid Oct. Hours are 9-6

The Start House ski and bike rentals in Woodstock Vt offers rentals at fair prices with rates for 1/2 day, 1 day or multiple days.

In Manchester VT you have the Battenkill sports bicycle shop that rents bikes by the day. See their page for details. The provide free maps of routes and route suggestions.

Here is a listing of trails in Vermont by the rail trail conservancy. These trails vary by length but should be fairly easy to travel on. If you don’t know what a rail trail is? then follow this link to explore the outdoors

New Hampshire biking opportunities

North Conway has many bike shops and one is the Red Jersey cyclery shop. They have full and half day rates and muti-day rates as well.

Up at Cannon mountain ski resort they are now renting bikes. So if you’d like to bike the flume gorge bike path you can do the 9 miles one way and then back but if you’d like to see the Flume and then jump on the Cannon Mt shuttle service, you can do that too! There is a shuttle drop off or pick up fee but the listed prices seem fair.

Here is a page with a little bike info for the Franconia Notch area trails.

Here is a listing of trails in New Hampshire by the rail trail conservancy. These trails vary by length but should be fairly easy to travel on. If you don’t know what a rail trail is? then follow this link to explore the outdoors

 Massachusetts biking opportunities

Bike New England has this six day bike tour for you to consider. Here is an expedition in northern Berkshires that even goes into southern Vt.

For a more sedate pace try the Berkshire outfitters in North Adams and they say “The paved Ashwillticook Rail Trail is only 300 yards from our shop! Off road trails are nearby at the base of Mt. Greylock or ask our knowledgeable staff for more options that fit your level of expertise!” (they rent kayaks also with shuttle service available)

If you are arriving later in the month and want to explore the Gloucester and Rockport area then try Big Mike’s bike shop. They have many different types of bikes available and will pick up or drop off at any hotel in the local area or residence.

Here is a listing of trails in Massachusetts by the rail trail conservancy. These trails vary by length but should be fairly easy to travel on. If you don’t know what a rail trail is? then follow this link to explore the outdoors

 

Connecticut biking opportunities

First up is Kent CT on the western border of Connecticut and New York. The Bicycle Tour company folks there have five trails that area laid out for bike riders of differing ability. These trails are set up with the National Park Service and the town of Kent. Their website is well laid out and in the October time period you should have great sites to see from forest views to covered bridges along their trail system.

If you know of another bike shop that is renting bike in CT let me know and I’ll check them out. I only found the one shop so far.

If you have you own bike and brought it with you here is a link to Connecticut bicycle map with routes across CT.

Here is a listing of trails in Connecticut by the rail trail conservancy. These trails vary by length but should be fairly easy to travel on. If you don’t know what a rail trail is? then follow this link to explore the outdoors

 

Rhode Island biking opportunities

I found a few bike shops that offer rentals in Rhode Island. First up is  Narragansett Bikes or NBX. They offer different levels of bikes and accessories to make your rental complete. They also have a delivery and pickup service (see their website for limitations).

 W.E. Stedman in Wakefield  RI has a rental listing here.

Caster’s bikes in Warwick RI has a nice listing where they say be a kid again, ride a bike. I don’t see a listing for kids bikes and it may be like others where kids have to be big enough to ride a small adult bike.

The Rhode Island Dept of transportation has this page on bicycle routes and links.

If you find a great bike rental location please let me know and I check it out and maybe list it here!

Here is a listing of trails in Rhode Island by the rail trail conservancy. These trails vary by length but should be fairly easy to travel on. If you don’t know what a rail trail is? then follow this link to explore the outdoors


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