If you’ve never visited Pittsburgh, PA, you may not know just how bikable the city is. Both pedestrians and cyclists have plenty of dedicated places to see the city and the views are stunning no matter what time of year. So, grab your best bike gear: here’s our list of the best bike tours in Pittsburgh for visitors and locals!
When it comes to Pittsburgh, I can’t help but thinking of all of the large hills. It’s these hills and valleys that make the city unique – and make for gorgeous Pittsburgh sunsets and sunrises. But, when you want to get outdoors on pretty days, I certainly think of biking as a fun option in the city. Happily, you don’t need to own a bike to take advantage of the many Pittsburgh bike trails. Here are my choices on how to see the city on two wheels.
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Best Bike Tours in Pittsburgh for Visitors and Locals: Bike the Burgh Tours
Whether you own your own bike or not, Bike the Burgh’s tour are a must-do for bike rides in Pittsburgh at least once. Its tours range from scenic to foodie, but to really dig into the city, make sure you check out one of its neighborhood cycle tours. You can also get the scoop on “Hollywood East” and its film scene, too.
Website: Bike the Burgh
Cost: A three-hour is $39. If you bring your own bike, you’ll save $10 off the price.
What Else? While helmets are not mandatory in the state of Pennsylvania, please do yourself a favor and wear one. If you don’t own one, Bike the Burgh will provide.
Best Bike Tours in Pittsburgh for Visitors and Locals: Golden Triangle Bike Rental
Sometimes you just want to get out and explore on your own, right? Maybe check out the Pittsburgh Riverside Trails (I did that. Such a beautiful ride.)? Or maybe you want to bike from Pittsburgh straight to Washington DC on the 335-mile Great Allegheny Passage? Then, Golden Triangle Bike Rental is a good choice. It offers at least eight styles of bikes (including tandem bikes) and kids can join in, too, including tag-a-longs and trailers.
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Website: Golden Triangle Bike Rentals
Cost: Prices range from $8 hour/$40 overnight for standard bikes to $90/day for e-bikes.
What Else? Golden Triangle offers guided tours on weekends for $25 per person including rental and equipment. Please check the official website of dates as they do have an off season.
Best Bike Tours in Pittsburgh for Visitors and Locals: Pittsburgh Party Pedaler
Definitely not your traditional biking tour, but for folks age 21 and up, it’s a fun way to see the Golden Triangle and surrounding neighborhoods while making pit stops, if you so choose. Each Dutch-make bike accommodates up to 16 guests. Please note: everyone in your party will need to be over 18 to partake in the fun.
Website: Pittsburgh Party Pedaler
Cost: Depending on the day of the week (closed Mondays), pricing for a two-hour tour ranges from $325-385. While that might seem a bit steep, if you get several smaller parties together and split the cost, it’s not so high.
What Else? Closed Mondays.
Best Bike Tours in Pittsburgh for Visitors and Locals: Noble Invention Bike Touring
Formerly Bike the Gap, Noble Invention has self-guided tours for the following locations: The Katy Trail, and Erie Canalway Trail, Great Allegheny Passage, & the C&O Canal Towpath. Choose this one and you’rein it for the long run: tours begin at four-days and up with average distance of 30-40 miles a day. Of course, after all of the biking, you’ll have a comfy ride back to Pittsburgh. Prices include at least one meal per day and lodging.
Website: Noble Invention Bike Touring
Cost: Prices per package start at $550 and go up depending on location/number of days.
What Else? Some tours offer bike rentals for an additional fee.
Best Bike Tours in Pittsburgh for Visitors and Locals: Steel City Outdoor Adventures
You have your choice of both guided and self-guided tours of Pittsburgh Bike Trails with Steel City Outdoor Adventures. Guided biking events are customized based on group needs and prices are very affordable. A 1-2 hour tour of the Montour Trail costs $10/hour plus rental fees. SCOA does offer overnight packages, but you’ll have to go solo: at this time there are no guided overnight tours. Another bonus: the company is happy to deliver your bike rental to you for many of the local trails.
Website: Steel City Outdoor Adventures
Cost: $10/hour plus cost of rental and up
What Else? SCOA has more than biking opportunities. They offer hiking, rafting, and sailing adventures, too.
Best Bike Tours in Pittsburgh for Visitors and Locals: Adam Solar Rides
It’s an all e-bike adventure for this one. Adam Solar Rides traverses scenic river trails and goes across many of the famous Pittsburgh bridges. There are also foodie tours of Pittsburgh and a “best of” tour that highlights the city.
Website: Adam Solar Rides
Cost: Tours start at $39 and up
What Else? Meet up is at Station Square