Best bike rental shops

The top five places to rent a pair of wheels.

Tread Bike Shop, located near Inwood Hill Park, rents out 21-speed hybrids with wide seats and upright handlebars—perfect for a ride down the Greenway. 250 Dyckman St between Payson and Seaman Aves (212-544-7055, Mon--Sat 10am--7pm; Sun 10am--6pm; $7/hour or $25/day.

Burn rubber on one of Champion Bicycles’ 21-speed Jamis or Giant hybrids; they’re easier to handle than road bikes and faster than mountain bikes. 896 Amsterdam Ave between 103rd and 104th Sts (212-662-2690). Daily 10am--7:30pm; $6/hr, $30/day.

Tool around the LES in style when you choose from the fleet of hybrids and three-speed bikes at Frank’s Bike Shop. 553 Grand St between Jackson and Lewis Sts (212-533-6332, Mon, Tue, Thu--Sat 9am--7pm, Sun 10am--6pm; $30/day, $50/two days, $150/week.

With their wide handlebars and pedal brakes, the 30 cruisers from Central Park Boathouse are perfect for the park’s six-mile traffic-free loop—though a 21-speed might help you up the hills. Central Park Lake, park entrance at E 72nd St and Fifth Ave (212-517-2233). Mon--Fri 10am--6pm; Sat--Sun 9am--6pm; cruisers $9/hr, $5/additional hr; 21-speeds $15/hr, $10/additional hr.

You’ll find used hybrids, seven-speeds and mountain bikes for rent at Court Cycles. Add on a basket or lock for an extra $5. 514 Court St between Huntington and Nelson Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-797-0326). Mon--Fri 10am--7pm; Sat 10am--6pm; Sun 11am--3pm; $10/hr, $5/additional hr, $25/day.

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