Cyclists can add a new piece of equipment to their repertoire, courtesy of a joint venture between the Naperville Park District and business owner Troy Cooper. The Naperville Kayak owner, who also rents paddling equipment at the Paddleboat Quarry along the Riverwalk, has opened E-Bike Adventure at the DuPage River Sports Complex (2807 South Washington Street).
Cooper says the rental e-bikes look, feel and pedal like a normal bicycles, with the addition of electric wattage output.
“An e-bike gives you a bit of an extra boost so you can cruise faster for longer,” says Cooper. “You choose your boost level based on your comfort and experience.”
Rentals at DuPage River include a helmet, e-bike, basic instruction and recommended routes. Destinations from the regional trail that runs through DuPage River Park include Whalon Lake, Knoch Knolls Nature Center and Pioneer Park.
A 90-minute rental is $50/bike; riders must be at least 16 years old. Get more details and book rentals online at napervillekayak.com/services/e-bike.
Those who a charge from the power boost of an e-bike also can take a ride at the local retailers listed to the right. Test rides are recommended for fit and safety.
Naperville and Downers Grove
Trek Bicycle Store will sell you an old-school bike, but you may choose to fly up hills and prevent leg fatigue with the power of 18 models of electric pedal assist bicycles. trekchicago.com
Naperville resident Mike Romanco opened an e-bike-only store in 2017 after following their development since the ’90s. Mike’s E-Bikes will even convert your regular bike to e-assist. mikese-bikes.com
Midwest Cyclery stocks two models of Fuji e-bikes designed for stability on unpaved trails. Bonus: rent a recreational bike for a half-day (up to four hours) on the Illinois Prairie Path, just steps from the shop. midwestcyclery.com