For quite some time, I've been wondering what was going to be moving into the blue building next to Club Saratoga in Duluth's Canal Park. The building at 329 Canal Park Drive hasn't had any signage on it for some time, but walking by yesterday, I noticed some decals on the windows that finally told me what it is - and it is set to open soon!

The business is called Canal E-Rides, which will focus primarily on e-bike rentals, but will also offer some other outdoor adventure rentals as well.

The Canal E-Rides website shows three different styles of e-bikes (electric bicycles) that they will feature for rent when they open. The three varieties of bikes are all made by Rayvolt Bike SL, which is an e-bike company based in Barcelona, Spain.

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Rayvolt currently makes 7 different types of e-bikes, with the three varieties being featured at Canal E-Rides being the Beachin' vintage-style beach cruiser bike, Clubman urban e-bike, and Cruzer e-bike, which is styled after a vintage motorcycle though it is a pedal-assist e-bike.

Canal E-Rides's website also shows that they will rent paddleboards, which have become immensely popular in recent years, and I would imagine will be a hot commodity for tourists and locals alike that would like to rent a board to get out on the water.

So, when will Canal E-Rides be opening? There's no signage indicating an opening date on the building, but their website does say "Coming to Canal Park in Duluth, MN June, 2021". So, it looks like sometime soon!

I'll admit, the bikes all look pretty cool. I wouldn't mind giving a couple of them a spin around town. Their website doesn't currently list any rates for rentals, but I would imagine that information will be coming very soon. Either way, I'm guessing it'll be a far more financially-accessible amount to rent their listed e-bikes than the retail price of anywhere between $2,400 to $3400 Rayvolt lists on their website to buy one of these cool, retro-looking bikes.

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