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Old 01-18-11, 08:22 PM
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Travel to Nice, France and Barcelona Area in March

Regular lurker of the forum - and not sure if this is the most appropriate place to ask - but I am touring through Europe in March, and will have a few days off late in the month - a couple days in Nice....and likely 2-3 days just outside Barcelona.

I am packed down already with having to carry work equipment - so can't handle the bike also - which means I am without wheels...but want to figure a plan to ride in some of these 'once-in-a-lifetime' places....

So....looking for suggestions on bike rental or groups...or anything that would let me get out on a bike while in those regions.

I've toured Italy before where bike rental was easily available, and was able to get a beautiful Willier to ride as long as I had shoes....hoping for something similar......
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Old 01-18-11, 11:37 PM
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Not an answer, but a question. Where have you toured in Italy where it was easy to find nice road bikes to rent?
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In Barcelona "Terra Diversions" will sort you out with a MTB or Roadie, and supply a GPS with a track loaded to follow(didn't stop me getting lost, possibly beer and jet lag related).
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http://www.terradiversions.com/eng/index.asp

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Likely Google is your friend.. When I've flown to Europe, I was particular and had to take along my own bike- cause I felt what I might rent would not fit my style of bike. From the rental shops I see in this corner of France, confirms that suspicion.. They are usually city /urban bikes.
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great tips for barcelona - will definetly check that out.

I am finding tons of cruising around bikes for people who want to just see some sites in the cities...seems they are easy to come by.

dorkpants - along the adriatic they have spring cycling specials in some of the beach towns (near Rimini) - check out Riccione - a lot of the hotels are not busy, so they run cycling deals in the spring, prior to the beach season starting up: http://www.riccionebikehotels.it/.
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If you contact these folks ask specific questions about the bikes.

All the 'rentals' I've seen are pretty much casual crusier/MTB style bikes. The last time I was in Tuscany I had to ride a low end MTB until I hooked up with my industry guys and they set me up with a proper bike.

Having said all that, if you find yourself on a cruiser bike don't let it spoil your trip. Cruise, enjoy the scenery, stop and have a beverage of your choice and generally have a wonderful time anyways. Enjoy.
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Can't help you with the rental of a bike, but if you are in Nice and have access to a car, going about 30 KM north of Nice is the base of the alps. you can do quite a few Cols in that area, all of which are smaller and more manageable than the beasty ones used in the tour. Col de turini was my favorite in this area. The descending is scary as heck, but it is very nice. From Barcelona, just head out of the city. i don't have the link off hand, but if you do a goggle search for Barcelona cycling clubs, you'll find plenty of routes in the area.
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Originally Posted by ronburgundy View Post
dorkpants - along the adriatic they have spring cycling specials in some of the beach towns (near Rimini) - check out Riccione - a lot of the hotels are not busy, so they run cycling deals in the spring, prior to the beach season starting up: http://www.riccionebikehotels.it/.
That makes sense, the "bike hotels" around Riccione are well set up to cater to bicyclists. Sadly, I haven't found it so easy to rent nice road bikes in other parts of Italy. It wasn't so many years ago that if you went to a LBS in an Italian town (maybe not so true in the largest cities) and asked to rent a road bike they'd look at you like you were insane, the attitude being "who'd want that bike after it's been USED?". At least now I can rent bikes which are on consignment for sale, but they tend to be middling quality aluminum bikes.
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