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Bikes with wide tires are a must if you want to ride on the beach. They can save you a spill should you hit loose sand on the trails. More than 50 miles of public paths crisscross Hilton Head Island, and pedaling is popular along the firmly packed beach. The island keeps adding more to the boardwalk network as visitors are using it and because it's such a safe alternative for kids. Keep in mind when crossing streets that, in South Carolina, vehicles have the right-of-way. For a map of trails, visit www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov and click on "Our Island."
Bicycles from beach cruisers to mountain bikes to tandem bikes can be rented either at bike stores or at most hotels and resorts. Many bikes can be delivered to your hotel, along with helmets, baskets, locks, child carriers, and whatever else you might need.
Hilton Head Bicycle Company. You can rent bicycles, helmets and adult tricycles from the Hilton Head Bicycle Company. 112 Arrow Rd., South End, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/686–6888 or 800/995–4319. www.hiltonheadbicycle.com.
Pedals Bicycles. Rent beach bikes for adults and children, kiddy karts, jogging strollers, and mountain bikes at Pedals. 71A Pope Ave., South End, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/842–5522 or 888/699–1039. www.pedalsbicycles.com.
South Beach Cycles. Rent bikes, helmets, tandems, and adult tricycles at this spot in Sea Pines. 230 South Sea Pines Dr., Sea Pines, South End, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928. 843/671–2453. www.south-beach-cycles.com.