Bike rentals abound in Marietta

MICHAEL KELLY The Marietta Times A cyclist rides past the rack of bike in front of the Hackett Hotel on Second Street Friday. The hotel provides the bikes for its guests but also rents them, as do other downtown enterprises.

Rivers, Trails and Ales this weekend is one of many bicycle-friendly summer events in Marietta, and riders who don’t have their own gear have several options for renting a bike.

The Hackett Hotel is a recent entry in the bike rental business, but the new rack of bikes outside the boutique hotel on Second Street were brought in mainly as a complimentary service for people staying in the hotel’s five guest rooms, said general manager Nate Shahan.

“We greatly appreciate our guests, and we want to provide all the amenities,” he said. “Marietta is such a bike-friendly town.”

When not being used by guests or under reservation, the bikes are available to the public for rental, he said, for $5 an hour or a discounted rate for the day. The bike rental is operated out of the hotel from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., he said.

Marietta Adventure Company on Second Street stocks bikes for rent ranging from basic to sophisticated, available for $25 for four hours or $45 for the day.

Sales associate Laura Carpenter said the store has comfort bikes for men and women, entry-level mountain bikes and others.

“We expect to be pretty busy with Trails and Ales,” she said. “We usually get a range of people, some from out of town and some who live here, they’re all just people who enjoy riding and seeing what Marietta has to offer.”

An information table at East Muskingum Park set up for Rivers, Trails and Ales will have bike rental information, she said.

Marietta Harbor at 1 Butler St., on the riverfront behind The Armory, just bought six new bicycles to boost its rental fleet, manager Stephanie Jarvis said.

“Three men’s and three women’s, and we have about 10 others,” Jarvis said. Along with adult bikes, the Harbor also rents children’s bikes and has a bike with a child carrier. It also offers helmets for those who want them.

The adult bikes rent for $5 an hour, and the child carrier bike is $7 an hour, she said.

“We have an advantage because we charge by the hour,” she said. “A lot of people don’t want it for four hours – that’s a lot of riding for most people.”

Bicycle rentals in downtown Marietta

•Marietta Adventure Company, 219 Second St.: Range of bicycles from basic to sophisticated, $25 for four hours, $45 for a full day.

•Marietta Harbor, 1 Butler St.: Adult men’s and women’s bikes, children’s bikes, and a bike with a child carrier, by the hour.

•Hackett Hotel, 203 Second St.: Five bikes available when not being used by hotel guests, $5 an hour.

Source: Times research