BIKE RENTALS on The loop

Sometimes you just want a simple, safe, and pleasant ride along a bike path. Our half day bike rental is for you! You'll explore the Rillito Path, the best section of The Loop, an extensive network of paved shared-use paths. No hills, no cars, no kidding! The section you'll ride is rated by locals as the best bike riding in town. Check out our bike rental video for an overview.

Rental BIKE OPTIONS

We rent Civia Lowry single speed bikes in two sizes:

  1. Small step thru frame: generally fits riders 5' to 5'8"
  2. Large step over frame: generally fits riders 5'9" to 6'5"

The Civia Lowry is the perfect bike for The Loop. It's comfortable to ride with an upright position, reliable, correctly geared for The Loop, lightweight (24 lbs), and efficient to peddle.

All rentals include upgraded Schwable Marathon Plus tires for flat protection, helmet, lock, map, & cage for your own water bottle (16 to 22oz works best). 

Pickup and Dropoff Times

We offer two rental times: morning and afternoon. Each half day rental period is 3½ hours.

  1. Morning: Pick up bikes at 9:00am (8:45-9:15) and return at 12:30pm (12:15-12:45).
  2. Afternoon: Pick up bikes at 1:00pm (12:45-1:15) and return at 4:30pm (4:15-4:45).

Our rental location will only be staffed 15 minutes before and after the set pickup/dropoff time. Unfortunately, times outside this 30 minute window can't be accommodated. Fortunately, with the map we provide and ample signage along The Loop, it's easy to return on time. 

Price

For each half day (3½ hour) rental period:

  • $35 per adult / $25 per youth
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Ride Options

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Ride hard or cruise and stop frequently. The beauty of The Loop is that it's great for all levels of motivation. Some highlights of your ride include (listed distances are one way):

Westbound from rental location

  • Rillito River Wash - Not really a river most days, but a natural corridor offering mountain views and wildlife.
  • Children's Memorial Park - 1½ miles. Water, bathrooms, shaded picnic areas.
  • Sun Circle - 3 miles. Ceremonial structure that tracks the sun. Inspired by the great kiva at Chaco Canyon.
  • Curtis Park - 4 miles. Water, bathrooms, shade. Nearby, a convenience store for a snack break.
  • Flowing Wells Park - 5 miles. Another nice park. Next to a BMX track that can be fun to watch.
  • Santa Cruz Path Connector - 6 miles. Pass under I-10 to connect to a different section of The Loop.
  • Silverbell Lake & Sweetwater Wetlands - 9 miles. A chance to get off your bike and stroll around some terrific water features. Bathrooms, shade, and water. Recommended turnaround.

Eastbound from rental location

  • Rillito River Wash - Not really a river most days, but a natural corridor offering mountain views and wildlife.
  • Rillito Farmers Market - ½ mile. Bathrooms, water, shade. Market open Sunday mornings.
  • Trader Joe's - 1 mile. In case you need a snack or coffee and it's not Sunday!
  • Rio Vista Natural Resource Park - 2 miles. Paths, water, bathrooms, shade.
  • Brandi Fenton - 3 miles. A nice park with water, bathrooms, shade, a garden, and Binghampton Historic sites.
  • Riverhaven Trailhead Park - 4 miles. Bathrooms, water, shade. Nice, quiet trail section east of here.
  • Craycroft Park - 6 miles. Bathrooms, water, shade. Turnaround required.

Pima County’s entire Loop is spectacular, but we gotta give the love this year to the Rillito River Park. We love the way it rolls past the pastures, stables, mesquite bosques, tennis courts, Trader Joe’s, dog parks, horse races and farmers markets.
— Tucson Weekly, "Best of Tucson" annual issue

What to Expect

  • Tour meets and ends from StorQuest on 1st Avenue, just across from Rillito Race Track. Free parking available.
  • Ride away. No car racks needed (or provided).
  • The Loop is a multi-use path. There are no cars, but watch for fellow cyclists, pedestrians, work crews, and animals.
  • Bikes have a single gear & linear pull brakes.
  • Rental includes Civia Lowry bike, helmet, lock, and map.
  • Bike has cage for your own water bottle (16 to 22oz fits best). Water refills available on The Loop.
  • Don't forget your sunscreen & sunglasses.
  • A small backpack can be useful.
  • Riders must be 5' to 6'5" tall. 
  • One rider should have a cellphone.
  • Tickets are non-refundable but can be re-scheduled with at least 48 hours notice.
  • A signed release form is required.
  • Renters are required to stay on The Loop and immediate area. No street riding.