Monthly Archives: April 2014

Wildlife Viewing On A Bicycle

With over 100 miles of bike trails on Hilton Head Island there are numerous places to view native and migrating wildlife. Any pathway that takes you close to marsh areas, such as Shelter Cove, the end of Beach City Road, Point Comfort, behind the new Shelter Cove Town Center, will offer the opportunity to view a wide variety of marsh birds, and sometimes otter.

Deer are also abundant on the island, as well as alligators. Both species can be viewed in all of the gated communities, which have multiple lagoons.

Dolphin are also common all around the island and can often be seen off the beach in all areas, in Broad Creek (access viewing points in Palmetto Bay Marina area), and all along Calibogue Sound if you are staying in Sea Pines Plantation.

And, there is Pinckney Island National Wildlife Area, which is located west of Hilton Head Island off of Route 278. You will probably want to take your bikes there on a vehicle as it is a long ride from most locations on Hilton Head. There are a lot of bird species to be seen with a wide variety of habitat, as well as armadillos, deer, raccoons, rabbits, and fox. Dirt pathways crisscross the island. Bring water and snacks or lunch.

A great day trip is to take your bikes on the ferry to Daufauski Island where you can see a totally different island environment. The embarkation point is located to the right before Palmetto Bay Marina.

Enjoy our island wildlife!!

WHAT SIZE BIKE TO RENT?

When you view our web site you will see that we have many different size bikes to rent. We have bikes for adults, and bikes for kids. As far as the kids go you can start by checking the size of the tires on the bikes they ride at home. Most between the ages of 8 and 10 are probably on 20 inch bikes. And those 11-14 may be best suited for 24 inch bikes. For the little ones we have 16″ bikes with or without training wheels.

If it turns out that what you chose isn’t correct once you receive your order, we will replace it with the correct size.

Adults sizes are pretty simple to figure out. We rent mostly unisex bikes, which have a step through frame. They come in two sizes, 24″ and 26″. Anyone 4’6″ to 5’2″ are best suited for a 24″ bike. The rest will do well with 26″. The exception to this is guys over 6’1″. For them we have men’s bikes, which have a larger frame, and a horizontal bar.

And we haven’t forgotten the kids who aren’t yet riding on their own. An ally cat, or tagalong as we call them, attaches to the adult bike and the child sits on a seat, has handlebars, and pedals to follow along. The child does not have to pedal. He/she can just sit there and enjoy the ride.

There are pictures of all of our bikes and attachments here at our web site. If you need help with your choice, you can call us directly for assistance.

Happy riding!Where to get kid bike rentals in Hilton Head