Taking a tour of Italy? Bike rides are a once in a lifetime time vacation and you want it to be in all the fun and life experiences and it is certainly NOT a test of endurance. But without the right bike, traveling for 6 or 8 hours a day could be like that! So what can you do to ensure that the bike you end up with is as big as the landscapes around you?
First you might have a discussion about whether renting a bike is the way to go. If your goal is to travel long distances for many hours a day and head up the Swiss Alps on the most challenging trails, it might be worth considering taking your bike on the plane. Your body conforms to your bike seat and your mind is temporary in the sweet spot in the pair, so for the required trips nothing beats your car.
But maybe your goal is to be somewhat less aggressive on your tour of Italy. Bike rides in the gorgeous valley and coastal roads can be enjoyed with an excellent Italian racer. Creating a route with one of the most popular travel operators can give you the opportunity to rent bicycles just as well. It has a great advantage. You don't have to wait in stressful silence to see if your bike makes it off the plane in one piece, or in fact makes it to the right destination, so here & # 39; list of some of the things you might want to think about if arranging a rental.
- Year, make and model the bike. You want to make sure the rental agency is advertising their rental bicycles on an ongoing basis.
- Type of gearboxes. You want to use the same shifting style as you travel home, if possible. This will make your trip more enjoyable if the learning curve is shorter.
- Gear ratio. Does the rental company have the ability to match the gear ratio or the bike to the intended paths? This may be significantly different for each area of Italy. Bike trips through the mountainous interior will require a different ratio of gears, further, to the valley roads.
- Shoe clip? Not all shoes use the same basket latch, so ask if you prefer riding with biking shoes.
- And of course the obvious cost questions with a clear understanding of the downturn and I take the time not to end up with any extra fees. I & # 39; I have found that bike rents in Italy typically run between 100 and 150 EUR per week, significantly cheaper per day for longer rentals.
We have more information on the 4 most interesting districts to visit when planning a bike tour in Italy, including a discussion of your bike boxing experience and a broader list of critical issues on bike rents in Italy. Come for a visit!