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riding in Europe ...(5 posts)

riding in Europe ...Ravik
Jun 4, 2002 4:26 PM
I'm planning a four-week vacation to France and Italy and would appreciate any info about riding over there.
I'll be there the last week in July and first 3 and a half in August. What are the conditions? Are there redneck equivalents that draw a bead on your back with their Fiats?
Is it easy to rent a bike in Europe?Tahoe Gator
Jun 4, 2002 4:49 PM
also going to Italy and France, and maybe Switzerland too, for next two weeks. at last minute, decided to throw shoes and pedals in my bag in hopes of maybe renting a bike for a day or so of riding. any knowledge of ease, where, etc?
Is it easy to rent a bike in Europe?granda
Jun 4, 2002 5:58 PM
I just got back from Belgium (brussels) and Germany (Munich). Lots of bike paths in Munich and in Belgium everyone seemed to give me the right of way,
very biker friendly in my experience. Renting a bike is a litle different, it
was easy to find a bike to rent, but it would be like 20 year old 40 lbs cruiser.
Think about taking your bike with you, most airlines from the US will carry your bike for free.
re: riding in Europe ...Alpedhuez55
Jun 4, 2002 6:15 PM
When I was in Europe last summer in some cities you were able to rent bikes. They were mostly hybrids. As the prvious poster suggested, if you can swing it, bring your own. It is free when you are travelling abroad on most airlines. You can also carry some clothing int the bike box to help protect it. I do not know if you will be able to rent a quality road bike in Europe but I am sure there are places to do that.
check out this websiteMJ
Jun 5, 2002 12:43 AM
it should give you an idea re what you're after

difficult to rent good bikes - easy to rent hybrids

Italians and French generally deal with cyclists very well -many have experience of cycling frequently themselves = yes there are rednecks - no they won't run you down