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Renting Bikes in Italy(5 posts)

Renting Bikes in ItalyGonzowest
Mar 7, 2001 5:23 AM
Our family may be vacationing in Northern Italy in June. I'd love to take my bike over, but from what I can tell if I do that, there'd be no room in the car for the my wife and two daughters;-) I'd still like to get some rides in however. Any thoughts or suggestions regarding renting?

there were some threads about this in the last week or twoHank
Mar 7, 2001 11:42 AM
most of us agreed that it would be a real hassle to try to rent bikes over there. Maybe rent a bigger car? I managed to get a small wagon last summer that worked out pretty well (don't know where you're going, but if the car is too big, you'll have a few thrills going down some of those narrow city streets).
I did search the forum, but it came up empty.gonzowest
Mar 8, 2001 5:30 AM
I have found two sites (florencebybike and ciccloposse) that will allow you to rent DeRosa's, Tommissini's and possibly Colagno's for approx $100 us per week. Given the airline could charge for shipping my bike, the hardshell case I'd need to purchase and the larger car I'd need to rent it looks like a deal. Of course, if it seems to good to be true ;-)
Go for itpmf
Mar 8, 2001 8:46 AM
I did a tour in Tuscany last fall and took my bike along. Generally, international carriers do not charge for a bike case if its one of your two pieces of luggage. You can get a hard case from Performance right now for $200. Thats what I have and its a pretty decent case. Still, you'll sink $200 into a case you may not ever use again. Plus, hauling these things around is not fun. They're heavy, bulky and a general pain in the @ss. So I'd say go the rental route if you can find one. I'm surprised you did. If you were going on a tour and spending a week or so riding, I'd think you'd be crazy not to take your own bike. However, you seem to be on a vacation with the family and biking is a secondary activity. I'd set up the rental before you go and find out exactly what you're renting. Italians like to communicate via fax machines. So fax the place and put down a deposit so you have something in writing. You can always take your saddle + seat post, pedals and shoes along with you.
Thanks all for the feedback (nm)gonzowest
Mar 8, 2001 11:49 AM