Review for Ça Roule/Montreal on Wheels
What we loved:
Located in Old Montreal
What we didn't love:
Poor maintenance- bill inflation
We just took a cycling vacation to Montreal. What a wonderful city. So much to do, so much to see, so much to sample. And, so bike friendly. We planned to ride both the Tour la Nuit a night ride and the Tour de Ille the largest single cycling event in the world- about 30,000 cyclists and we needed bikes. So, we rented a tandem from Ca Roule which looked good on the website for the la Nuit tour and rented mountain bikes from My Bicyclette for the Ille ride. Our rental choices were planned more for our off-the-bike site seeing itinerary than anything else. Others have recommended Ca Roule, but I cant do that. Aside from its location beautiful Old Montreal dealing with Ca Roule was a disappointing experience. First, it apparently caters exclusively to tourists red flag anyone?. Then the tandem we got was poorly maintained it had a frayed derailleur cable and half way to the hotel, started skipping gears. But we rode la Nuit anyway. The next day, after returning this junker, the colleague who checked us in added an extra fee he explained as an additional tax of 20% to our bill. My advice? Skip Ca Roule, take the Metro to Lionel-Groulx station, walk a few blocks past Atwater Market, across the blue foot bridge, turn right and rent from Dave the owner and a biker at My Bicyclette. Then check out beautiful, friendly Montreal on a GOOD bike.Not Acceptable?