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Portland EnCYCLEpedia: Bike rentals & resource hub on Portland’s waterfront

Portland EnCYCLEpedia: Bike rentals & resource hub on Portland’s waterfront

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It’s a great day to go for a bike ride! Maybe you’ll tool around Portland, riding the scenic Eastern Promenade Trail, cruising around Back Cove, and then pedal on to Mackworth Island (with an ice cream stop on the way back, just because you can)! Except, dangit, you don’t have a bike.

Fear not, bikeless adventurer. The Portland EnCYCLEpedia is here.

The EnCYCLEpedia (aka, a bike-filled shipping container that recently appeared on Commercial Street, in between Casco Bay Lines and Ocean Gateway) now offers bike rentals (hybrids and cruisers) 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Rates are $20 for up to 4 hours, $30 for the full day, and $15 for a kids bike. They also have area maps to help get you were you want to go, whether on bicycle or foot.

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On left: Izaak, one of the knowledgeable staff at the enCYCLEpedia (aka, the bike-filled shipping container on Commercial Street). On right: helmets and bicycles. Shannon Bryan photos

(Full disclosure: Portland EnCYCLEpedia is owned by Summer Feet Cycling. I’m a guide for Summer Feet, which also runs guided bike tours around Maine. No, I’m not getting any kickbacks for this post.)

I imagine the EnCYCLEpedia will come in handy when you have out-of-town visitors and you want to tour them around and show them the sights (and by “sights” I mean lighthouses and breweries). We live in Maine, after all, so we ALWAYS have people coming to visit.

You can also rent bikes in Portland at Gorham Bike and Ski, CycleMainia, and Allspeed.

And while you’re welcome to take a rental bike wherever you’d like, here are a few nearby places you can easily get to straight from the EnCYCLEpedia container:

Riding into Bug Light Park in South Portland. Shannon Bryan photo
Riding through
Bug Light Park in South Portland. Shannon Bryan photo
Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse in South Portland! Shannon Bryan photo
Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse in South Portland! Shannon Bryan photo
Ride out to a lobster roll at Bite Into Maine (located at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth). Shannon Bryan photo
Ride out to a lobster roll at Bite Into Maine (located at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth). Shannon Bryan photo
Cruise the Eastern Promenade Trail in Portland! Shannon Bryan photo
Cruise the Eastern Promenade Trail in Portland! Shannon Bryan photo

FMI: www.facebook.com/portlandencyclepedia/

Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

I don't like "exercise" any more than you do. But you know what I do like? Paddleboarding with a friend all afternoon (and then sitting in the grass to drink chardonnay). Bike rides and nachos, hikes, yoga classes held in breweries, group paddles to Fort Gorges, you get the idea. Because Maine is my gym. FitMaine.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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