The bike is one of the most important components of a cycling tour. Whether you’re a serious cyclist or riding for leisure, you must consider comfort, price, and convenience.
The most comfortable option is bringing your own bike, but there is the cost and hassle of dealing with airline travel. A tour company fleet or rental bike is more convenient, but the geometry might be different than you’re used to. They do however, offer a great opportunity to test out a high-end machine during your tour.
Here is the list of all cycling tour company bike brands for this year:
Company Bike Brands
Backroads Own branded titanium and Specialized S-Works Roubaix
Bikestyle Tours Cannondale Synapse
Breaking Away Parlee Z4 and Z5
Ciclismo Classico Bianchi Via Nerone 7
Cycle Italia Torelli
Discover France Look 566
DuVine Adventures Cannondale SuperSix, Formigli Raguel, Cannondale MTB, Giant Hybrid
Experience Plus Van Nicholas titanium
iBike Italy Bianchi
InGamba Tours Pinarello Dogma
On The Road Cycling Tours MMR Miracle
Phil Anderson Tours Malvern Star Oppy C6
Pro Cycling Tours BMC and Giant
Punto Tours Wilier Gran Tourismo
Sports Pulsions Trek Madone 5.2
Thomson Bike Tours Bianchi Sempre Pro
TopBike Tours Giant Defy
Trek Travel Trek Domane 5.9 and Madone 6.5
Velo Classic Tours Focus Izalco
Velo Vercors Trek Domane 4.3, Madone 4.5, Alpha Series 1.5
With most companies, these bikes come at an additional cost. They can cost between $250 – $600 for the trip. Even companies that offer bikes standard as part of the tour package will charge extra to upgrade to a nicer bike. For example, Backroads includes their own branded titanium road bike in their trip price, but it will cost $400 to upgrade to the Specialized S-Works Roubaix.
A handful of companies either prefer for you to bring your own bikes or do not list other options. These include: Bespoke Velo, Bike Sherpa, Brevet, Cinghiale Tours, Destination Cycling, Granfondo Cycling Tours, Jemison Tours, Ride Strong Bike Tours, La Fuga Travel, Rapha Travel, Velo Veneto.
Travel Notes – as a good rule, always bring your own saddle and pedals and helmet no matter which bike you will be riding. This will help insure your comfort. Pack your pedals, bike shoes, 1 kit, and helmet in your carry on, so if your luggage gets delayed, you can still start your trip!
On a tour, do you prefer to bring your own bike or experience other bike brands with one of the rental options? Let’s discuss in the comments.