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 (just 18 feet incline per mile!), no cars, no kidding! The section you'll ride is rated by locals as the best bike riding in town. Our rental location is on Tucson's near north side and has plenty of parking. 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 4'11" to 5'7"
  2. Large step over frame: generally fits riders 5'8" to 6'4"

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 (very flat, only 18' elevation change per mile), 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).
  3. Early Morning (hot months only): Pickup at 7:00am and return at 10:30am.

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 & Policies

For each half day (3½ hour) rental period:

  • $29 per bike
  • 100% refundable (if canceled at least one day in advance)

Advance tickets required. For short notice "day of" ticket availability, please call or text. 

Cancelation and rescheduling requests are due no later than 7pm (mst) the night before your rental. No refunds or reschedules are permitted after this deadline. Earlier notification is appreciated due to the limited bike inventory available.  Bookings made on 3rd party sites, such as TripAdvisor, are subject to the policies listed on those sites.

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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 see some nice water features. Bathrooms, shade, and water.

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. North side of Loop ends.
  • Fort Lowell - 7 miles. Accessed from south side of Loop. Historic site. Pond. Paths, water, bathrooms, shade.

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.
  • Advance tickets required. For "day of" ticket requests, please call or text.
  • The Loop is a multi-use path. There are no cars, but watch for other users.
  • No hills! The Rillito section of The Loop has about 197 feet of elevation change over 11 miles, less than 18' per mile!
  • Rental includes Civia Lowry single gear bike, helmet, lock, and map.
  • Ride away. No car rack needed.
  • 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.
  • Renters are required to stay on The Loop and immediate area. No street riding.
  • A signed release form is required.