How many people are on a tour?
I limit each tour to only 4 guests so that everyone gets personal attention and a semi-private tour experience. I run each tour even if only one guest is booked.
Where do tours start?
Tours start from 6 Standish Street, which is right next to Art’s Dune Tours on the block between Commercial St. and Bradford St. Look for the blue, purple, and yellow “bike tours” sign. It’s a half-block walk from the MacMillan Pier parking lot. Your confirmation email will remind you of the location.
What should I bring?
If you have your own bike that you’d like to ride, choose the “your own bike” ticket and bring your bike!
Please wear closed-toe shoes! We stop a lot along the tours, and you don’t want to mess up your pedicure.
Sunscreen, your phone/camera, and sunglasses are always good to have on hand.
Do I need to know how to ride a bike?
Yes. If you’d like to learn how to ride or need some skills practice, I offer private classes.
What kind of bikes do you rent?
I work with the local bike shops to rent their bikes, so the particular model may vary depending on availability. Their minimum rental period is 2 hours, which is why bike rentals are only available for tours that are two hours or longer.
All the bikes are multi-speed comfort/cruiser/hybrid style bikes that have hand brakes. I’ll choose the right bike for you based on your height and skill level and the tour you’re booked on. The shops carry a variety of bikes, including those from Trek, Specialized, Jamis, Giant, Raleigh, Sun, Priority, and others.
If you’re not comfortable on just two wheels, adult trikes (three-wheel tricycles with a basket on the back) are also available. Let me know when you book if this is something you’re interested in.
If you’re already renting a bike during your visit, you’re welcome to ride it on any of the tours.
What about weather?
I will cancel a tour 24 hours in advance if the forecast has a 50% or more chance of rain or other inclement weather. Forecasts here can be unreliable since we are a tiny spit of land out in the ocean. I follow the National Weather Service’s guidance, since they tend to be the most reliable.
I want you to enjoy the ride, have fun, and be safe, and decent weather is a part of that experience.
You’ll get an email letting you know if the tour is canceled and you’ll have the option to reschedule or receive a 100% refund to your credit card.
Can kids come on the tours?
Absolutely! Send me an email if you have someone 16 or younger in your group.
I have options for all ages, though babies 12 months or younger are not allowed on bicycles by law in Massachusetts.
Kids age 16 & under need to be accompanied by an adult and must wear a helmet.
I can arrange a variety of bikes, including a bakfiets box bike that can carry 2 kids in its front box (complete with seatbelts), kid-size bikes, tag-alongs that let a younger kid pedal attached to the back of an adult rental bike, or a trailer for your little one.
Can I book a tour the same day?
Yes! The Best of Ptown tour can be booked the same day. Longer tours require booking at least 24 hours in advance.
Can I get a refund?
You can get a 100% refund if you cancel at least 24 hours in advance of your tour. No-shows will not be refunded.
Do I need to sign a waiver?
For the tours, different jurisdictions have different requirements:
To participate in a town tour, you’ll need to sign a release of liability form when you check in;
For tours that operate in the Cape Cod National Seashore, there is an “acknowledgement of risk” form that I’ll ask you to review and sign at check-in.
Any minor participating in a tour or class will need the signature of a parent or guardian.
If you’re renting a bike through me, you will need to sign the rental agreement for the respective bike shop.
where can I park?
If you’re just in town for the day, the best deal is at the Riley’s Parking lot next to CVS at 132 Bradford St. Hourly pay parking is available at the town lot at the foot of MacMillan Pier. It’s best to get to town early since parking is limited and the lots can fill up by 10 am.
Can I rent that cargo bike I’ve seen around town?
Sure! I have two bakfiets box bikes that you can rent on a daily or weekly basis. I provide a hands-on lesson to get you up to speed on handling before you head out on your own.
My personal bikes are what I like to call “unicorns” and are typically oddball bikes that you won’t see at local shops. Bikes from my collection are available for rent on Spinlister.