Bison Bikes & Rental Center

Students kayaking in the Susquehanna River

Bison Bikes is a community bike-sharing program offered by Bucknell’s Outdoor Education & Leadership (OEL) program. We offer free access to bicycles to Bucknell students, faculty and staff for on-campus transportation and exercise.

We also offer everything you need for a camping or outdoor adventure through our Rental Center. Camping and adventure packages are available for rent at affordable prices, and include kayaks, tents, cooking stoves and even ice climbing gear.

Bison Bikes & Rental Center Location & Hours
The Rental Center is located in Tustin Hall. Bison Bikes is located in the Bison Bikes Barn outside Tustin Hall at the bottom of the Grove.

Hours: Monday–Friday, 2 p.m.–6 p.m. 

Bike Reservations and Pick-up

Bison Bikes offers one-day and multi-day rentals as well as rentals by semester. Multi-day rentals can be rented for a maximum of seven days with the potential to renew based on demand. 

Fall 2019 Semester Rental Dates
Semester-long rentals are available: Sept. 7, 2019 
Semester-long rentals must be returned: By Dec. 10, 2019 

Daily and Multi-day rentals are available: Starting Sept. 16, 2019 

Each bike comes with a helmet and lock. Use of locks is required and use of the helmet is recommended for your personal safety. You must fill out a form to reserve a bike. Bikes can be picked up in the Tustin Building.

Reserve your bike today

Bike Drop-Off

Bikes, locks and helmets must be returned on the due date at the Bison Bike Barn or you will be charged late fees. Late returns of bikes, helmets and locks at one time will incur a flat fee of $10 a day until the cost of the gear is reached. Bikes, helmets and locks separately returned late will result in itemized fees of $10 for bike, $2 for helmet, $2 for lock and $1 for lock key per day until the gear is reached. Failure to pay late fees will result in a hold being placed on your account.

Terms and Conditions
A rented Bison Bike, lock and helmet is the responsibility of the user, in adherence with the Bison Bike waiver. Please refer to this document prior to bike rental. Bikes must be locked appropriately. If you do not lock the bike responsibly and do not use our U-Locks and the bike is stolen, you will be held responsible for the bike theft. Bison Bikes staff will assist renters with standard wear and tear at no cost to the user during open hours. If damage occurs to bikes beyond standard wear and tear will result in repair fees.

Bike Repair Bootcamp

We offer bike mechanic workshops to teach you how to fix your own bike. Please watch the message center for clinics or ask the shop when these events will occur.

If you are having issues with your own personal bike, we will work with you to teach you how to assess mechanic concerns, provide the tools and mechanics to help you fix your own bike. You will need to buy the parts at a local bike shop.

Rental Center

Located in the Tustin Hall, the Rental Center has everything you need for your next outdoor outing, including complete camping kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding packages.

We also provide priority rentals to Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs). Please email us for more details.

Available Packages

Backcountry camping package
Backpack package
Car camping package
Cooking set package
Sleeping package (warm or cold weather)
Cross-country ski package
Snowshoe package


Climbing package
Ice climbing package
Canoe camping package
Canoe package
River kayak package
White-water kayak package
Paddle board package
Tubing Package (daily rentals only)


Outdoor Education & Leadership


Elaine Langone Center, Ground Floor