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Bike Rental/ Bike Hire In Italy and Europe – FAQs Page

All you need to know about our bike hire services in Italy and Europe

Can you deliver the bikes to Hotel XYZ in Tuscany (Umbria, Provence, etc.)?

We can normally deliver to your hotel, rental villa, airport, or train station throughout much of France, Italy and elsewhere for a *fee. We cannot complete a quote without information on where you would like to rent. We will ask detailed information about the location as we want to make sure it is easily accessible by van (a 20% gravel driveway up a beautiful Tuscan mountain sometimes is hard to navigate with a van full of bicycles!) You can save money on delivery by picking bikes up yourself from our various rental locations. Keep this in mind as you make your travel arrangements.

* Varies depending on the number of bikes rented and the length of time.

Can I pick a bike up in Florence and drop it off in Venice? Or any other point to point locations in Italy and Europe?

One-way rentals are possible, however this depends on the number of bikes and length of your rental. Please note you will likely incur delivery and pick up fees. If you are renting bikes through one of our agents the bikes can usually only be delivered and collected within their region.

What will a quality road bike or hybrid bike cost me for a week?

The price depends on the bike type, and the delivery location (if delivery and collection are included). For full details visit Bike Rentals In Europe page. For bike hire included in our self-guided and guided bike tours, please check the Dates and Price section of the tour webpage that you are interested in.

Do you have bicycles or accessories (bike seats, trailers) for children?

Yes, we normally can fit children taller than 4’10” (1m, 50 cm) in our regular adult bikes.  We also have a few smaller bikes specifically for children (please inquiry, providing their heights). For smaller children we can offer Tag-Alongs or Pull-Bikes, as well as Wehoo trailers, and Burley trailers. See our Bike Accessories page for details and pricing.

I have m own panniers - would it be possible to fit a rack to the back?

Yes, all our touring bikes have rear racks suitable for panniers. Some bikes may be able to fit front racks (for front panniers). Mountain bikes are specifically not suitable for fitting a rack.

Can you give me some suggestions about great bike rides - where to ride my bike?

That’s what we do! We can add on Itinerary planning for your group or trip with your rental. Please get in touch with us through our contact form (click on the link), providing the details of your dream bike tour in Europe – we will be happy to reply!

Do your bikes have toe clips, SPD Pedals? Can I use clipless shoes?

You can choose among flat pedals and pedals with toe cages (or “baskets”). If you prefer “clipless” Shimano, SPD, Look, or similar clip-in pedals that require special shoes, you should bring both your shoes and pedals. If we personally deliver the bikes and give a bike fitting we will be happy to install your pedals during the bike fitting.

With pedal-assist e-bikes, for safety reasons, we prefer to install flat pedals only.

Do I have to bring my own tools, pump, tire irons, and spare tubes?

No. We provide all of the above mentioned tools (and a cyclometer on most of our rentals). We also provide water bottle cages on all bikes, a water bottle can be provided on request depending on the rental location.

What optional accessories do you provide with the bicycle (i.e. panniers, rear bags, mapholders, etc)?

In most locations we have a variety of accessories available such as panniers, rear bags, and map holders. See our Bike Accessories page for details and pricing.

Do you provide helmets?

Yes, we can provide lightly used helmets free of charge (although we suggest that you bring your own for best fit and comfort).

Who is responsible for the bikes if they are damaged or stolen?

You are responsible for bike damage or theft, and you’ll agree to this when you sign our contract at delivery. So please be careful!

Bike rental insurance is available at an affordable rate on all Cycle Europe bicycle rentals. Please see the section Bike Rental Insurance in our Terms & Conditions page, and please let us know if you have any questions.

In addition, we offer plenty of advice and tips on how to properly store and secure your bikes every night or when you stop along the way every day. On Guided Tours, our tour leader will store the bikes for you every night.