Bike Rental Business Finds Permanent Location | Local News

Red Wing is located in an area with a lot of biking opportunities.

The Cannon Valley Trail is a big draw for bikers. The scenic riverside scenery is perfect for afternoon cycling year-round.

Rolling River Bike Rentals opened a brick and mortar store in Old West Main near the Cannon Valley trailhead earlier this year.

Our selection of e-bikes are perfect day rentals for trips to Welch and Cannon Falls or for riverside cycling.

Owner Kelsey Meyers is thrilled to have this permanent location this year.

For the last few years, she’s been carrying an electric bike on an old school bus.

Rolling River Bike Rental

Rolling River Bike Rentals is located in Old West Main near the Cannon Valley Trail. Melissa Sold/Republican Eagle.

“This is my first year at Red Wing. For the past two years I have been traveling and delivering bikes to Welch and sometimes Red Wing,” she said. “Last year we bought a bus, removed all the seats and lined up the bikes.The bus sadly passed away at the end of the season so we decided to look for space at Red Wing.”

She received many requests for rentals at Red Wing, so she began looking for a permanent location to serve the area.

“I felt the need to be in Red Wing. I got a lot of calls from people wanting to rent here, so I started looking for a permanent place,” she said. “Perfect location on the trail.”

Rolling River Bike Rentals started in the midst of COVID-19 when owners were looking for ways to revitalize their Airbnb.

“We have an Airbnb outside of Cannon Falls and are actively accommodating wedding parties.Summer 2020 will be closed like everyone else due to COVID-19. was done,” she said.

“The same thing was happening the following summer, 2021…I was a little panicked and thinking of other ways to get people to Airbnb.”

When she was brainstorming ways to market her company’s location during the pandemic, she took advantage of its location near the Cannon Valley Trail.

“The Cannon Valley Trail is not far and Welch and Red Wing are beautiful, so I thought, why not have some bikes at home to rent and have them delivered to the trails,” she said. .

Rolling River Bike Rental

There is a large map of the Cannon Valley Trail for riders at the entrance of the rental shop. Melissa Sold/Republican Eagle.

Bike rental quickly became an independent business and became popular during the pandemic when so many people were looking for ways to get outdoors.

“The idea lasted for about a week, but it quickly became a business in its own right. It was still a time when people were doing a lot of things outside, and people loved it.” she said. “It snowballed from there.”

Myers has 18 bikes in his inventory. She rents to groups and individuals.

“You can book online, we accept walk-in bookings, or you can book over the phone. If you are renting with a group, I recommend calling to see if there are enough bikes. I will,” said Myers.

Bike rentals provide helmets with Bluetooth intercoms so groups can talk to each other on the trail.

“Our helmet has a Bluetooth intercom so we can have a conversation while riding, which is a lot of fun,” she said. “Cannon She goes to the Falls and back and it takes about two hours, and we can’t talk to each other all the time. A helmet is very good for that.”

Children’s bikes and child carriers are also available.

Rolling River Bike Rentals is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 AM to 7 PM. Last entry for bike rental is 6 PM.

Bike rentals are located at 2345 West Main St. For more information on bike rentals, visit his Facebook page for Rolling River Bike Rentals.

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