5 Things to Know Before Renting A Bicycle in Victoria BC
The best places to ride in Victoria and South Vancouver Island
Victoria and South Vancouver Island have some of the best biking trails in North America. To make it easier to plan your trip, you can find bike maps online (PDF), or you can pick up a hard copy from our shop or from the CRD offices at 625 Fisgard Street.
Weather and Clothing
Here is what to expect and how to dress:
Spring is mild and can arrive as early as February. While most of Canada is still buried under a blanket of snow, Victoria is blanketed with two million blooms. While beautiful, the weather can get cool very quickly, so be sure to bring a sweater and a wind breaker.
Victoria has a very low humidity ratio and a regular onshore breeze that keeps the days from getting too hot. This makes Victoria perfect for biking any time of the day. Watch the forecast for rain, but expect warm, dry weather from June through August. It’s great weather for shorts and sandals! (But we strongly recommend you wear shoes on your bike).
Victoria often enjoys a warm, sunny September with blustery weather late into October. Wear several layers of clothing so you can stay warm and you can shed a layer if it gets hot.
Victoria receives most of its rainfall during January, February and March, with occasional light snowfall. Although winters are mild and rarely include snow, warmer clothing is recommended between the months of November and March.
Food and Restaurants
You’re going to be surprised at how hungry you will be. Make sure you bring snacks along to fortify yourself and plenty of water to stay hydrated. It’s worth taking some time to get to know the restaurants along your path when you plan your route. Victoria has a high number of restaurants per capita and most of them are excellent. Check out reviews on Trip Advisor.
Rental Bike Inspection
We provide top quality bike rentals with a tune up after each rental. Before you leave, we want you to check it over to make sure you are comfortable with the ride and the operation of the bike. Shift the gears, squeeze the brakes, check the seat height and take it for a short spin.
The Rules of the Road
We want to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable ride. Make sure you know the rules. They are straight forward, but worth reviewing if you’re rusty. Some quick dos:
- Yield to pedestrians
- Stay off the sidewalk
- Obey traffic lights
- Ride in the same direction as traffic
- Wear your helmet
If you’ve got these five things covered, let’s get you on a rental bike and out on your adventure!