Going cycling?

4 Oct
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Lluna 1

Barcelona is a city where cycling, both by locals and by its visitors, has taken off massively. As a result, the offer in rental bikes has exploded, with cut-throat offers here, there and everywhere. Cheap prices are all very well, but what about customer attention? Going cycling? I have just the place for you to rent your iron steed!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Homage to history

On carrer Lluna 1, David, a friendly bicycle enthusiast, decided to set up a very special bike rental shop: Barcelona Folding Bike. Full of historical images, this small shop pays homage to cycle heroes from the past, and has framed the tools of the trade for good measure.

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Tools = art

Not far from the Macba museum and the Rambla del Raval, in an area that sees a lot of transit from hip (foreign) locals and some tourists, you can rent one of his sturdy black bikes, a colourful racing bike, or go for one of the black or white folding Bromptons he has invested in.

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Safety rules

He has decided to make customer attention his main selling point, and so he includes the lock and helmet in his rental prices, and if you have a child with you, offers the seat for free also. Plus, he offers bikes which are free of publicity. Not bad, right?

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May I have a maillot?

Not only that, but he isn’t going to penalise you, should you return the bicycle a few minutes after the agreed time.  He can also offer leather seats for those whose bums prefer a natural ‘habitat’, and on Wednesday mornings, he does a 3 hour tour of Barcelona, during which he will show the main attractions to those who haven’t seen them yet.

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For leather-loving bums

Barcelona Folding Bikes is open from Mon-Sat: 10 am – 2 pm + 4.30 pm – 8 pm, and Sun: 10 am -2 pm. Please check their website for more information about their terms, prices and tours. If you’re planning to stop by and rent a bike, let me know, for I can arrange a discount for you! Happy cycling!!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

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