In February Up Cycles relocated their cycle station from the Clock Tower to a more suitable and permanent position at Silo 5 at the V&A Waterfront. Some new features to the new station includes: Bike rental, retail for clients and bike repairs.
Up Cycles are advocates for a bicycle lifestyle, and desire to help brand Cape Town a bicycle-friendly city, with the goal to make ordinary people realise that bicycles can be a part of their daily lives. Up Cycles has a large fleet of rental bikes, especially made for them and imported from Europe. The bicycles don’t have any gears, or brakes on the handle bars. They have coaster hubs, which means you have to pedal backwards to slow down and stop.
According to Jared Chaitowitz, co-owner of Up Cycles, the business is a drop and go bike hire company, loosely based on bike share systems overseas. Their bikes can be rented and returned between any of their stations.
Up Cycles rent bikes to casual cyclists, who may or may not own their own bicycles. They have bikes for all ages and sizes, including a range of kids bikes and child carrier attachments. The company caters to both locals and tourists – anyone who wants to explore the Atlantic Seaboard and Cape Town CBD by bike.
You can find them at: Pavilion on Sea Point Promenade, Breakaway Café on Waterkant Street Fan Walk, at the Bay Hotel on Victoria Road in Camps Bay, and their new location at Silo 5 the V&A Waterfront.