Bike Hire in France
Choosing the right bike to hire will of course make for a happier holiday! You dont want to have to get the bikes swopped out or suffer the consequences of returning the bike not in the condition it was lent to you!

The first step is to have a think about:
  • where you want to ride (town/country etc.)
  • what surface you will be riding on
  • how much and what you want to carry
  • your level of fitness
  • Will you be exerting yourself down rugged off-road tracks?
    Mountain Bikes - These bikes will have heavily treaded tyres and robust (usually steel) frames to cope with the sort of terrain you will encounter off-road. They don't have mudguards as the first twig you ride over is going to rip them off!

    Mountain bikes can usually be used in any other situation but would be a comprimise particularly on a tarmac or paved road as their tyres and weight mean you need to work harder than if you were to use a bike specifically designed for the refined surface.
    Mens Mountain Bike
    Mens Mountain Bike
    Womens Mountain Bike
    Womens Mountain Bike
    Will you be touring upon quality (tarmac/paved) roads?
    A touring bike provides you with a lighter bicycle with more appropriate tyres for riding on the smoother less aggresive surface particularly for longer distances/durations. You will be able to go faster on the road with this sort of bike rather than on a heavier mountian bike. They will typically come with mudguards and luggage racks for panniers to be attached to to carry all your gear in.

    If your off-road activity is going to be limited to prepared trails or tracks and much of your cycling is to be around town or beweeen villages by road, a hybrid bike would make sense. Like the tourer its smoother and slimmer tyres make peddling on roads much easier. You might want to consider a bike with mudguards to help avoid the brown stripe up your back if there is unexpected rain!
    Mens Touring Bike
    Mens Touring Bike
    Womens Touring Bike
    Womens Touring Bike


    Mens Hybrid
    Mens Hybrid Bike
    Womens Hybrid Bike
    Womens Hybrid Bike
    Do you want to carry lunch or all your camping gear?
    Whilst lunch can be carried in a small back pack, you need to give some thought if you are going to need to take extra supplies (first aid kit for example) or if you are touring then, unless you make alternative arrangements, its all got to go with you on the bike!

    Most bikes can be fitted with a saddle bag or handlebar basket. Touring and Hybrid bikes can usually be equipped with a pannier rack. This fits over the back wheel and allows pannier bags to be clipped on either side of the rear wheel. For serious load carrying capacity front panniers are available too but these are fairly rare. Ensure you make your requirements known in advance as this stuff doesnt usually come as standard.

    You might consider an upgrade to a touring bike with an aluminium frame as being lighter it helps offset the additional weight of your stuff you are having to drag around with you.
    Saddle Bag
    Saddle Bag
    Pannier Bags
    Pannier Bags
    Are you being realistic about your physical abilities?
    If you are not a regular cyclist, you need to consider whether what you are planning to do is realistic. This is recreation after all! If the cycling is to be an important part of your holiday then you dont want to spoil it with over-ambitious ideas. Think about distances, hills, types of road, stuff you need to carry with you and your body's limitations. Perhaps a day out cycling from home will allow you to re-appraise your capabilities before you commit.