Rent-a-Bike in Penang Reviews
Rent-a-Bike in Penang Mar 26, 2012
Whenever I say I want to go to Penang, the responses given are:
- it's better to drive there
- you can't move about without a car
- taxis don't go by meter
But, I really do want to go to Penang, and driving was not an option for me. So I did some research and found out about the "Greenery Project" going on, that encourages people to cycle instead.
I tried moving about the heritage trail on bike and I love it to the max! If you share the same interest, read on...
WHERE TO RENT A BIKE
They are located in 2 places, one in Komtar Walk, and the other near the Jetty bus terminal. You will not have any issues locating the 'bike station' at the second location because there are 2 rows of bikes on 'display' along the roadside. However, it took me a while to locate the one in Komtar Walk. Many Penangites are not aware of this bicycle rental place too. With only a handful of bicycles parked at the very corner of the shop, it's not really prominent. The person in charge was sitting next to the kid's carousel nearby, and if I didn't ask the security guards, I wouldn't have known that this same guy runs the bicycle rental shop too. If you're there, just look for the kid's carousel and you'll be able to spot the bicycles.
They charge MYR 25 for a 24-hour rental. This comes along with a helmet, a safety vest, and a bicycle lock. A deposit of MYR 100 will also be charged, but will be refunded to you in full upon return of the bike.
The bike is a simple, standard street bicycle. They come only in 1 size, so you can only adjust the height of the seat. Probably not suitable for anyone below 160cm unless you're good in controlling the bike. I don't remember having any options for gear change. It does come with a bell and a small basket at the front. Since I did not cycle at night, I did not really notice if there's a front light. Please check with them. So far I did not see any 'twin bikes' (you know, the one with 2 cyclists per bike).
The one in Komtar Walk operates from 1pm to 9pm, while the one near the Jetty operates from 9am to 5pm. You have to return the bike to the same station where you rented it from. If you read my other review about the Heritage Trails, I would suggest you start very early in the morning. Therefore, the option will be to rent the bike from Komtar walk at night, then start cycling around 7am or 8am the next morning. You have then 24 hours to return the bike, unless you want to cycle for more days and pay accordingly.
GROUP TOURS / COMPANY OUTINGS
If I'm not mistaken they have about 40 units of bicycles. If you're planning a group outing, you'll have to reserve the bikes in advance. If you only need 1 or 2, you can just walk in. They also provide guided tours, for additional charges of course. To me, personally, I think the guided tour is really not necessary, unless of course, it's a company outing as such.
Traffic in Penang can be scary if you're cycling along the main roads. Just be very careful. They have designated lanes for cyclists, but unfortunately, some are being used to park cars/busses/motorbikes... Maybe the idea of cycling is still not widely accepted in Penang. Nevertheless, it was a great experience for me. Every now and then I had to come down and push the bike instead of cycling, as I was worried that the moving cars will knock me down (thanks to the inconsiderate people who park their cars along the bicycle lane). Other than that, everything was fun!
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I had a great experience and hope you'll find this option interesting too! :)
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