Bike rentals now available at the Grand Canyon

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Have a great ride, but don't get too close to the rim!

Starting on Saturday, May 1, there's a new option for getting around at Grand Canyon National Park. A vendor called Bright Angel Bicycles is renting bikes for men, women, and children -- trailers for especially young kids are also available -- at the Grand Canyon Visitor Information Center, near Mather Point on the South Rim.

As the parks' website says, bicycles are can be ridden on all roads and on the park's greenway trail system. What's especially cool is that bikes are even allowed on the shuttle bus roads, where passenger cars aren't allowed for much of the year, and that the shuttle buses are equipped with racks that accommodate three bikes. So if you've pedaled to your heart's content and aren't exactly in the mood to get back by your own leg power, you can wait until a shuttle comes along and catch a ride.

Bikes are rented on a first-come, first-serve basis for $10 an hour, $25 per half day, and $35 for full day; those are adult rates, and child prices are cheaper. For more info, call 928/814-8704, or check out bikegrandcanyon.com.

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