Ça Roule/Montreal on Wheels
Ça Roule/Montreal on Wheels
27 De La Commune East
Montreal, Canada H2Y1H
Ça Roule/Montreal on Wheels Description
In the heart of Old Montreal, you'll come upon a small shop with dozens of bicycles outside and busy mechanics helping eager customers. You've found Ça Roule (or Montreal on Wheels, as it's known in English), a bike shop that rents everything on wheels and offers guided tours of Montreal. Rent bicycles here and enjoy the miles and miles of quay-side bike paths. If you're up for a challenge, head to Plage des Iles on Ile Notre Dame and cool off from the riding with a dip in the river.
Babies: There are trailers that can handle babies 3-months and older.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Young adults can rent rollerblades — and protective gear is included with the rental.
- Helmets are free. The staff recommends that you wear them.
- Bring ID. Riders leave a picture ID as collateral and pay upon return.
- Ask for a lock. Riders are responsible if the bike is stolen (and some 15,000 bicycles go missing in Montreal each year). Ask the staff for advice on how to best secure the bikes.
- Pick up a surrey down the street. Popular with families in the summertime, and particularly fun for teenagers, these bike-vehicles can be rented at a store on the quay down the street from Ça Roule.
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m., but opens later and closes earlier on bad weather days.
Recommended Time: Half day
Reviews of Ça Roule/Montreal on Wheels
By lankytwo June 08, 2011
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. Read More