A brief summary of places you can rent bicycles in Hong Kong.
I’ve tried renting bikes for riding around in Hong Kong – including on Lantau and Cheung Chau, and at Tai Mei Tuk in the New Territories – and I’ve been well impressed with the quality of the bikes, and the rental charges, which so far in the range HK$20-30 for a day per bike (maybe a little extra if also rent a lock; you should probably bring your own helmet).
There aren’t many places you can do this (see comments, below, for fuller list, with some store names); those I know of include:
Bike rental spots include places to right (south) of the ferry pier; follow the waterfront past the market building, to where it angles right. One good store is soon after this right turn, in a “square” on the left.
Cheung Chau is hardly the best place for cycling – as there’s a relative dearth of easily cycled roads, the most popular being alongside the harbour to the southeast of the island, as well as north along the harbour and then a beach to the northeast coast. But if you just want a relaxing ride, or you’re game for a few low hills and perhaps even carrying the bike up or down some flights of stairs, it’s a fun place.
Better still, I think: hire a bike on Cheung Chau, and take it on the ferry to Chi Ma Wan on Lantau. From here, you can readily ride (and walk, if you’re not good uphill!) over to Pui O, maybe following paths through the water buffalo fields (the buffalo look imposing, but are well used to people), before joining the main road along Lantau’s southern coast.
Mui Wo (Silvermine Bay)
Mui Wo on Lantau also has bikes for hire, including from Friendly Bicycle Shop, on the waterfront left of the ferry (past the China Bear). Contact: 2984 2278; as well as the $30 a day ordinary bikes, they also have good mountain bikes at $150 per day.
You can potter around the paths and small roads along and behind Silvermine Beach: there are small houses set amongst fields, and if you head to the northwest of the Mui Wo basin, you should find the Silvermine Waterfall. There’s a steep path up beside this; beyond a more level concrete path wends along a valley, into the hills, and is interesting for exploring (as far as the next steep uphill stretch, anyway!)
To head west from Mui Wo, you’ll have to go up and over a hill – Nam Shan, then through Pui O, following the road that switchbacks along Lantau’s southern coast. The scenery is rural; a highlight is the stretch above Cheung Sha Beach, where it’s perhaps tempting to stop for food at a beachside restaurant.
There’s also a fairly new mountain bike area above coast south of Mui Wo. South of here, there’s a mountain bike trail on the Chi Ma Wan Peninsula.
There are a couple of hire places in Tung Chung. It’s hardly an ideal place for cycling around, though perhaps following the Tung O Ancient Trail to the east – maybe as far as Sham Wat – could be rewarding.
Tai Mei Tuk
In the northeast New Territories, Tai Mek Tuk boasts several cycle-hire places; it seems competition is fierce (I was told prices are down from HK$100/day a year or two ago; to HK$20/day, or even HK$5/day for kids’ bikes). (Many people hire bikes in Tai Po Market, then ride to Tai Mei Tuk; I think it may be best to ride a bus to Tai Mei Tuk, saving your energy for cycling through the best scenery. See article on this site: Cycling From Tai Po Market to Tai Mei Tuk on Rented Bikes.)
You could likely cycle southeast, along the dam of Plover Cove Reservoir – should be a pretty easy route. But, it’s perhaps most interesting to head northeast.
There’s a low hill, then a smooth stretch alongside the Plover Cove Reservoir. When I tried this route, I stopped off at Chung Mei, where the main stream enters the reservoir; then cycled uphill till another stop near Bride’s Pool Waterfall, and continuing to Wu Kau Tang, for a stream side stroll to the top of Mirror Pool Waterfall. That day, the sky was simply glorious; and what a sunset!
Tai Po Market
There are cycle hire places along the west shore of Tolo Harbour; and while plenty of people enjoy the track along past the Science Park, it may be better to hire at Tai Po Waterfront Park, and cycle east towards Tai Mei Tuk.
Most of this route follows a cycle path; and you may find you can hire in Tai Po Market, and return the bike at a related store in Tai Mei Tuk. Or, return to Tai Po Market.
If you’re interested in mountain biking: there are rather few trails where this is permitted in country parks, and you need a permit – for info, see Mountain Biking Activity; also the Hong Kong Mountain Bike Association.