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One of the best ways to see the Hamptons: on two wheels! (Photo courtesy of iStock/anatskwong)

One way to enjoy the beauty of the Hamptons and avoid the traffic is to explore the area on two wheels, meandering through backroads, down bike paths and even beside beaches and bluffs. Around the Hamptons, shops have bikes to rent and for sale, plus all the safety equipment and creature comforts needed to keep you and your two-wheeler running like a well-oiled machine. Many offer repair services (for the bike) should life happen. 

Hop off the SoulCycle or Peloton and onto a real bike at one of these Hamptons bike shops.

Rotations Southampton, 32 Windmill Lane, Southampton, 631-283-2890

Found in the heart of Southampton, Rotations has more than three decades of experience serving the cycling community out east. Bikes are available for rent or purchase, and the inventory runs the gamut from BMX and mountain bikes to the first bicycle for a child. Seats, helmets, saddles, hydration and body care products are also in the house — frankly, if you ask for it, Rotations likely has it. The shop also offers repairs, fitting and electric bike safety services.

Sag Harbor Cycle Company, 34 Bay St., Sag Harbor, 631-725-1110

Set on the bustling Bay Street drag, Sag Harbor Cycle Company offers bikes for rent and purchase and clothing and gear to keep riders safe and comfortable wherever the rubber and road (or dirt) take them. More than a store, Sag Harbor Cycle Company has also built a community — one that cycles together on weekly rides each Saturday and Sunday morning. (Call first to confirm, especially during the off-season.) Fitting and servicing are also offered. 

Hamptons Adventure Company. 575 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett, 910-547-5472

Are you not ready to spring for a bike, or don’t have room back at your pad? Are you interested in trying out the e-bike trend? Hamptons Adventure Company’s rental-only model lets you spin without needing to make room for a new toy. Choose between half-day, full-day, overnight, weeknight and weekend rental durations. The staff can help you choose the best bike for your adventure — and even guide you along on said journey through a tour through hotspots like Camp Hero.

Montauk Cycle Company, 463 W. Lake Drive, Montauk. 631-668-8975

A full-service bike shop where visitors can own or rent, Montauk Cycle Company is known for its friendly service and ample stock. Want a quintessential throwback experience or a modern-day one? Planning to bike for a whole week or just want to meander the backroads for an hour or two? It’s up to you. Rentals include electric, road and youth bikes and durations range from two hours to a week. The shop also offers repairs and stocks accessories like lubricant, water bottles and socks.

Khahn Sports, 500 Montauk Hwy, East Hampton, 631-324-1077

(Photo courtesy of Amagansett Beach & Bicycle)

A full-service sporting goods store, Khahn Sports stocks much of what people need for an active summer in the Hamptons, from kayaks to bikes for land-locked exploration. Khahn Sports has mountain, road, cruiser, hybrid and electric bikes, among others. Rentals are also an option for those not ready for a commitment. 

Amagansett Beach & Bicycle, 1 Cross Hwy., Amagansett, 631-267-6325

Another sporting goods store, Amagansett Beach & Bicycle, boasts the greatest hits of a Hamptons summer — stand-up paddleboards, pickleball gear and bikes. Hybrid, cruiser and children’s bikes are among the rental options, which people can call their own for anywhere from a half-day to the full season. Bikes for sale include commuter, road, mountain and BMX. Tops, shorts and locks are on sale within the shop, which also performs service and repairs. 

Piccozzi’s Bicycle Rental & Repair, 177 N. Ferry Road, Shelter Island Heights, 631-749-0045

This family-owned one-stop bike shop is friendly, helpful and has everything you need for a great day biking around Shelter Island. Adult and kids hybrid road bikes are $35 for a full 8-hour day, or $25 for a four-hour half day, and they have helmets, lights, locks and all the other accoutrements you might need. There’s also an excellent bike repair shop on the premises to fix your flats, chains and all other number of potential mobility maladies and get you back out on the road. They sell Specialized brand bikes, too. Although technically the bike rental portion of the shop doesn’t open until May 15, if you’re really in need just give ’em a call. Hours Monday to Saturday are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m. to around 3 p.m., but if no one’s there, just walk a few steps to their adjacent Mobil station and they’ll send someone on over to help you out. –