Jennifer Pfaff and her husband went on a trip to Calistoga a few months ago and were delighted to discover the hotel would lend them bicycles, helmets and bike locks for free and for as long as they wanted.
Have you had a hotel provide free loaner bikes and gear?
When I attended the Bicycle Leadership Conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Seaside, CA earlier this month, the hotel concierge checked my bike and (extremely sweaty) helmet and showed me where I could clean up and change my clothing for the conference. He was very helpful.
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I rarely use hotels. When I traveled with a friend through New Zealand we stayed with hosts from WWOOF (worldwide opportunities on organic farms) a few of the hosts had a few bicycles we could use to get into town and see the area. It was great! I definitely had a better experience because of it, since otherwise I'd just be stuck at the house.