All the Amsterdam bike rental shops below offer discounts for groups or additional rental days, as well as insurance against theft (for an extra fee). The latter is worth considering, especially if you choose a non-touristy model.
Most standard city bikes feature one speed (it's flat here, don't worry) and a pedal brake (yes, like your first bike as a kid). Happy riding!
Location: Bloemgracht 68-70
Get there: Trams 13, 14 & 17 (Westermarkt stop) or 10 (Bloemgracht stop)
Profile:If you don't want anyone in the bike lane to know you're a tourist, head to Bike City in the hip Jordaan neighborhood. The company aims to camouflage Amsterdam visitors as locals -- you'll only find inconspicuous Dutch city bikes for rent at this self-titled "friendliest bike shop in Amsterdam."
Damstraat Rent-a-BikePhone: +31 (0)20 625 50 29
Location: Damstraat 20-22
Get there: Almost all trams serve Dam Square.
Profile:Damstraat Rent-a-Bike offers the most comprehensive collection of rental bikes in Amsterdam. While the sign on your handlebars will show your tourist status, you can experience city cycling on a real "Granny" bike, the most traditional and coveted of all Amsterdam bikes. Just want a quick loop around the city? They also rent for as little as three hours.
Locations:MacBike Centraal Station Eastpoint (rental, lock-up, full repair)
Get there: Almost all trams serve Centraal Station.
MacBike Mr. Visserplein (rental, full repair)
Mr. Visserplein 2
Get there: Trams 9 & 14 (Waterlooplein stop)
MacBike Leidseplein (rental, tire service)
Get there: Trams 1, 2, 5, 7 & 10 (Leidseplein stop)
Two other repair, lock-up and/or tire service shops in the city.
Profile:It's obvious you're not an Amsterdam local when you rent from MacBike -- the bikes are bright red, have a big MacBike sign and scream "Tourist coming!" But as Amsterdam's most popular bike rental shop, you won't be alone. And keep in mind, if you look like a tourist, local bikers may forgive more readily your novice city-biking skills (and they'll look out for you)!
Location: Kerkstraat 134
Get there: Trams 1, 2 & 5 (Keizersgracht or Prinsengracht stops)
Adults € 18; students € 16; children (under 12) € 15
No credit cards.
March - October: 4pm
November - February: 12pm
No tours on Queen's Day (April 30) or Dec. 23 - Jan. 2
Profile:Mike's Bike Tours is known for its "insider" tours of Amsterdam, presented in a social, laid-back style (the "just show up" no-reservation policy makes joining the fun easy). Animated, knowledgable guides lead daily rides through the city and nearby countryside (see windmills, a cheese farm and a clog factory). The Bike & Boat Tour is a great value for two memorable Amsterdam experiences.