Rent a bike, explore Middletown: Downtown business starting new program today

A downtown Middletown bike store will start renting bikes today in hopes of taking advantage of the nearby bike path by the Great Miami River.

Spoken Bicycles, 1201 Central Ave., will have 10 bikes for rent — six adult and four youth — and each rental will include a helmet and a lock, said owner Otto Bohn. The bikes will rent for $10 per hour for the first hour and $4 for each hour after that.

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Reservations can be placed on the store's web site,, or by calling the store at 513-997-1230.

Each bike will be bright orange to make them recognizable in the community and to make them easy to find if they’re not returned, he said. Each bike will have the store’s logo and the logo of Middletown Visitors Bureau.

The goal of the rental program, Bohn said, is to make Middletown “a destination for cycling.”

He said the problem is geared toward residents who may not own a bike or out of town guests who want to tour the Middletown area.

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