Mountain trax your best bet – used to be about a tenner or fifteen quid to join their “demo club” or whatever it’s called – you can then demo as many bikes as you want within a month. Prob only about 15 mins drive from Reading.
Yeah, you’re right – it’s gone up since I did it. Have to say I’ve always found the service there to be a bit half arsed but decent demo fleet though so you should be able to demo/hire something that suits what you’re after.
How Does The Demo Scheme Work?
We charge a minimal £40 for which you receive a card enabling you to demo any of our road or mountain bikes for upto 48hrs max at any one time. The card is valid for 30 days from the date of issue so you only pay the once, but have the opportunity to test multiple bikes to really get a feel for what suits you and meets your requirements. And because Mountain Trax is open 7 days a week you can book the bike for anytime that suits you.
Its not for me is a guy in the state working over here and ask me if i could tell hime where he could: “Do you know of any high end bike rental places? (i.e. No cushy seats, no squishy tires, no basket)”