Want to do a short tour before moving back from Europe, but no bike. Options?
Hi Touring forums, I have come to seek your counsel.
I have been living in Istanbul for the last year and a half, but will be moving back to the states to start medical school early this summer. I will have a lot of freedom come April/May, and was really hoping to fit in a short bike trip through somewhere in Europe. I was a bike commuter for 4 years prior to moving here, and have been able to continue riding a bit here in the city, so I'm pretty comfortable on the bike (road bikes particularly, never had a MTB). My problem is that I do not have a bike to use over here. I have my commuter bike still at home in the states, but nothing here except an old raleigh city bike that would not be appropriate for touring.
What are my options as far as setting up a short "credit-card" tour in Europe? The location is actually less important to me, as my wife and I have been able to travel a ton and see most places while we lived here. Maybe the Netherlands/Germany would be nice, but I am flexible. I will be traveling either in later April or earlier May. My ideal trip duration would be somewhere between 1-2 weeks. I'm looking to go fairly light as I don't have camping equipment, booking cheap AirBnB/ hostels, etc.
Am I pretty much reduced to booking through a touring company? If so, are there any companies recommended for this? I definitely want to go solo and self-guided. Would rather figure out a way to do it independently, but not really sure what my options are as far as renting or buying and reselling bike and equipment, etc. My flight from here to continental Europe will be very cheap, so that is not as much of an issue.
Any ideas for how to make this happen? My alternative would be to just do some cycling in Turkey for a couple weeks, but I would rather see some different faces and places.