Bicycles are a convenient, non-polluting and relatively inexpensive form of transportation, and it's not far-fetched to call the Monterey Peninsula a biker's paradise. Given that combination, many Institute students, staff and faculty depend on a bike as their primary means of transportation.
Rentals and Bike Sales
There are numerous stores in the area that sell or rent bikes, although the rentals are usually for short-term use only. Rental prices are subject to change, please call or check their web pages for more specific information.
Adventures by the Sea
299 Cannery Row, Monterey, 372-1807
Cannery Row, 585 Cannery Row, Monterey, 655-2453
Bay Bikes offers many different types of bikes for rent. Everything from road bikes, mountain bikes, beach cruisers, tandem bikes to four person surries! Surry rides are a great activity for visiting friends and family!
318 Grand Ave, Pacific Grove, (831) 375-4322
Very "Mom & Pop" bike shop. Wonderful service and knowledgeable staff.
145 General Stilwell Drive, Marina, 883-8048
In addition to bikes and bike gear REI sells anything and everything for the outdoor enthusiast. Occasionally they have fabulous used gear sales! Also, check out their bike shop services.
Monterey Craigslist is a great place to look for used bikes. For more selection we also encourage you to take a look at Craigslist postings in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Moodle Classified Section
Visit the Moodle Classified section to see if any MIIS students have bikes to sell. Log in with your own user name and password or log in as a guest. Click on "Community", then click on "Classifieds". From there you can select "For Sale/Wanted" - happy shopping!
The Bike Church
703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, (831) 425-2453
If you want to get better acquainted with bicycles DIY style, but don't know where to start this is a place to go. The Bike Church is a bike repair shop where YOU learn from experts how to work on YOUR OWN bike. They provide you with tools, repair stands, knowledge, and occasional humor. Best of all, it's virtually FREE.
Other Great Bike Resources
- Bicycling Monterey: Playing a part in making Monterey County even more bike friendly! Get great bike tips for tourists as well as residents. Also, check out HER Helmet Thursdays for info about available discounts (for males and females) countywide, simply for riding your bike! Mention HER Helmet Thursdays and show your helmet for discounts on Educational and Entertainment attractions, Restaurants, and related places. For Hotels, just BYOB (bring your own bike) or rent one in Monterey County!
- Velo Club of Monterey: The Velo Club Monterey prides itself on promoting cycling around the community. It's not just about racing and recreation. VCM members regularly volunteer during the Bike Week events in May, at bicycle rodeos throughout the year, at local races and centuries, and work tirelessly to advocate bicycles and bicycling wherever they go.
- Commute by Bike.com: Tips, news, reviews, and safety for bike commuters.
- Monterey County Bike Map
- Monterey Mountain Biking Trails