How long and strenuous is the bike tour?
This tour covers 6-miles of Chicago over 2.5 hours. However, the pace is easy and ideal for all ages and activity levels.
May I bring my dog on this tour?
Sorry, pets are not allowed on the tours.
Is water provided on the tours?
No. It is recommended that guests bring their own water.
What should I wear? What should I bring?
Bring small items such as an ID, credit card and cash (to tip the guide), cell phone, and camera. We suggest tennis shoes and comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that are appropriate for the weather conditions on the day of your tour. We strongly suggest you wear layers, particularly in spring and fall. Many of our tours ride close to Lake Michigan, which is one of the largest lakes in the world and can alter the temperature quickly based on the direction of the wind. We offer pouches on the front of our bikes that allow you to store wallets, cameras, cell phones, and other smaller items, and you are welcome to keep any larger items back at our shop while you are out on a tour or rental.
Do you have a bike I can use?
No bike, no problem! We have hot deluxe comfort bikes for you to ride, and helmets to keep you safe. They each have front pouches and back racks for storage of smaller items. Although we recommend riding our bikes, you can bring your own but we don’t offer any discounts for doing so. Moreover, due to so many types of bike makes and models, if you bring your own bike and have a mechanical issue it will be unlikely we will have the proper tools to fix the issue. But, we will have the tools to fix any issues that might arise from the use of our bikes. All of our bikes are deluxe comfort bikes with fat tires, cushy seats, and fenders to keep you clean.
Are tours offered in bad weather?
We run most of our tours in any type of weather.
Are guide gratuities included in the price?
No. If you had a great time, gratuities are accepted by our tour guides.
How much biking is involved?
Enough biking that you’ll see a ton but not more than you can handle! The pace is usually good for everyone. We do stop at various points of interest and attractions so that you can have a brief rest while our tour guides explain the history of Chicago in a way that brings the stories to life. While you want to make sure the distance we cover is suitable for you, remember that we will never be biking continuously for that amount of time. We will have 6-8 stops mixed in along the route for resting periods and to learn about Chicago.
Do I need to bring a bike helmet?
No. Those are included in your tour price.