Bicycles / Rent or Buy

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Red Bikes

  • "free" rentals (from Budget Bicycle Center)
  • With a deposit of $100 for a bike and a lock (Check or charge only) you can use the bike as long as you need it, and get your deposit back when you bring back the bike. Great for getting around town until you can save up or shop for a better one. Contact Budget Bicycle Center - there are four locations, all on Regent St. The one you want is the used bike shop.
  • 930 Regent St.
  • (608) 251-1663
  • Hours: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., M-F; 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.: Sat; 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.: Sun

Budget Bikes 

  • Bike Rental
  • Budget has the largest stock of used bikes of place in south central Wisconsin. All prices and qualities vary by location and type of bikes. 5 different locations on Regent St. 
  • (608) 251-8413

  • Madison’s urban bike-sharing program:  Members have full access to check out a bike at any station in Madison. Memberships allow the use of one bike at a time, and include an unlimited number of bike checkouts in the membership period. Trips longer than 30 minutes incur additional usage fees to encourage short trips. Once returned, another bike may be checked out.
  • Phone: (800) 473-4743
  • Email:
    •  -- general B-Cycle information
    • -- Madison specific B-Cycle information
  • Address: 312 N. Third St. Madison, WI 53704
  • Web:
  • Hours: Monday- Friday 9am - 5pm (Customer Service); 5 a.m. - 12 a.m. (System Hours)
  • UW-Madison students, faculty and staff can purchase a $20 Annual Membership.

St. Vincent de Paul
  • Your basic used clothes and furniture thrift store.
  • Events at the Store: used bikes sale once a month - may need repair before riding (only at Willy St. store).
  • Phone: (608) 257-0673
  • Hours: Monday - Saturday 9 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Address: 1309 Williamson St.
  • Web: 

  • Bikes that have been abandoned, confiscated, or retrieved by the UW.  
  • Address: 1061 Thousand Oaks Trail Verona, WI 53593.
  • General public can go on Tuesdays 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. or Fridays 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.or the second Saturday of every month 8 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Madison Police Dept. Auction

  • Many, many, many bikes! Most are very basic, some are totally trashed, some are prizes. This happens a couple times per year.
  • Online auctioning format at the link below.  Madison Police Department contracted with an online police auction site that includes items from police departments around the country.

Machinery Row Bicycles

  • Bike Rentals
  • Road Bikes, Casual Bikes, Triathlon Bikes, Mountain Bikes, Cyclocross Bikes
  • Phone: (608) 442-5974
  • Website:
  • Address: 601 Williamson St. Madison, WI
  • Hours: 10:00AM to 8:00PM Mon-Fri, 
    9:00 AM to 7:00PM Saturday, 
    10:00PM to 6:00PM Sunday 

Keywords:BIKE BICYCLE RENT RENTAL BUY bikes apr Madison   Doc ID:10954
Owner:Information Services Specialist .Group:Campus and Visitor Relations
Created:2009-06-11 19:00 CDTUpdated:2020-02-21 15:44 CDT
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