Medellin Bike Rentals
Renting a Bicycle
The government has an ever expanding bicycle renting program called Encicla. Currently they have 50 stations around key parts of the city that allow access to 1,500 bicycles, however the plan is to increase this to 370 stations. You can find a map of the stations here. Unfortunately there are not many stations in Poblado at this time. The closest is perhaps Cuidad del Rio alongside the Modern Arte Museum. The area is pretty flat around there so is great for cycling.
As a tourist you can apply for the Encicla scheme, which requires completing an online form and submitting photos and copies of your passport scanned at 150% normal size. We believe that you need to activate your Civica card (the same card that you use for the Metro) at their main office in Belen. If you’re in Medellin for a period of time this could be a great option, however perhaps not ideal for those in town for only a few days.
However, there are two other options you may choose from to get your biking fix as well. The first is the Ciclovia. On sundays, the local government shuts down major streets (such as avenida Poblado) to allow pedestrians the option to run, skate, or bike. You can rent bicycles near the Santa Fe Plaza on Avenida Poblado. (Read more information on the section entitled “Ciclovia”).
Lastly, there are biking tours of Medellin that have received high praise (see the Outdoor Activities section).
Renting a Motorbike
If you’re look to rent a scooter or motorbike in Medellin you have the following options:
Medellin Scooter Rentals have scooters ( Agility Fly 125 / KTM Duke 390 / Pulsar 180) priced from US$40 to $60 a day.
rent scooters (Honda Elite) up to motorcycles (Honda Shadow VT600) priced between US$25 to $100 a day.
If you’re looking at touring Colombia on a motorcycle, most enthusiasts would recommend buying a bike, for around US$1000 and then selling it after your trip. Be careful buying “a lemon,” or a bike that’s going to be plagued with problems.