Didn’t pack a bike?
 

We get it. It’s the last thing you think about when you’re boarding a flight. It’s so easy to forget to pack that bicycle in your carry-on luggage, isn’t it?

Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. So come ride with us.

Emerald Coast Tours in Downtown Pensacola offers daily and weekly rates for bike rentals, along with guided tours of the historic city and its scenic waterfront. They offer one and two hour historic segway and bicycle tours and will provide a map so you can explore Downtown Pensacola on your own. Take the bicycles with you to visit the beaches or nearby parks. If you are staying in Downtown Pensacola, they offer free delivery to your hotel. There is a small charge to deliver to Pensacola Beach.

Longtime local experts Bikes Plus opened its newest shop in Downtown Pensacola. You can rent or purchase a bike, and they recently acquired a bike that’s properly juiced. No, not like that Lance guy. They have the Focus JAM² PLUS Pro electric mountain bike, which provides a "real" mountain bike geometry, powered by a compact Shimano Steps E8000 250w motor. Don’t think it’s for rent, but definitely worth a look!

 

The Fat Bike Chronicles

The Fat Bike is part mountain bike, part tractor, with fat, knobby tires so wide it seems like you could leave it standing without a kickstand as you run into the store. This bike is a perfect fit for the soft, sugar-fine sands of Pensacola and Perdido Key.

You can rent one from Pensacola Mountain Bike Tours, which offers an array of guided and self-guided tours in the Pensacola area.

Take a Discover It Yourself (DIY) riding tour along a beautiful shell-and-gravel trail at Fort Pickens on Pensacola Beach. It’s ideal for beginners, and they deliver the bikes to the trailhead and set you on your way. The 6-mile ride snakes along a flat trail sprinkled with small bridges. Pause and check out the wildlife and nearshore critters, or stop and take a dip!

 

White-Knuckle Trail Riding at UWF

If you have intermediate-to-mad mountain biking skills, the 25 miles of interconnected trails at the University of West Florida Bike Trails are lurking for you.

Most would appreciate a guide on these intermediate and advanced trails, with names like the Spooky Trail, Hangman, Centipede, and The Hip.

Just like ski trails, the UWF trails are rated for different skill levels. On the serious courses, you’ll arrow along single-track paths with packed dirt and pine needles, twisting through ascents and dropping into creek beds and over boardwalks. Try your skills on a banked wooden curve. It’s a serious, seriously wild ride.

Pensacola Mountain Bike Tours can set you up with a ride at the UWF trails. Once again, they will deliver to the trailhead, but they will check your skills first, and might even offer you a riding guide.

Whew, that tuckered me out. Now for a ride more my speed.

 

Stop and smell the IPAs – Take a slow ride

Bike Pensacola runs a monthly leisurely cruise for the masses through the scenic streets of Pensacola, with strategic stops along the way to quench your thirst. It's family-friendly, with helmet-donned children welcome, as long as an adult escorts them.

On Saturday, April 21 (Earth Day weekend), Bike Pensacola and From The Ground Up Community Garden invites the masses for a relaxing cruise through beautiful Downtown Pensacola.

It will start at 3 p.m. with tours of From The Ground Up Community Garden, at 501 N Hayne St, Pensacola. The ride starts at 4 p.m. and cruises through downtown, returning to the gardens about 5:30 p.m.

Or, you can always create your own slow ride. Here are some local favorites:

Downtown Pensacola — Downtown rides offer beautiful coastal vistas, historic buildings and plenty of places to eat and drink. Cruise to DeLuna Landing along Pensacola Bay and around to Blue Wahoo Stadium.

Slow Ride through East Hill — This century-old neighborhood, which is slowly cruising to gentrification, is lined with live oak and a blend of iconic craftsman homes— and their new fancy, schmancy replacements. This neighborhood boasts plenty of fun restaurants and establishments along the 12th Avenue corridor to pop in along the ride.

Cruise the beaches — The beaches of Perdido Key and Pensacola Beach are havens for bike-friendly terrain and all come with a beautiful view. While biking the narrow strip of island within the Gulf Islands National Seashore on Pensacola Beach, check out mountainous dunes older than America and pre-Civil War fortifications while flanked by the Gulf of Mexico and the Santa Rosa Sound.

From slow rides to white-knuckle mountain bike trails, we have a bike ride for you in Pensacola. We hope you enjoy our coast on two wheels. Happy Trails!