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Choosing a Bike Tour in Italy(9 posts)

Choosing a Bike Tour in ItalyCliplessjoe
Sep 24, 2003 3:35 PM
Does anybody know of a site where people post their experiences with different bike tour companies? I'm planning to cycle in Italy this spring or next fall and there are quite a few organizations to choose from: ExperiencePlus, Cicloposse, La Corsa, etc. I think I'd prefer not to bring my own bike, so I want one that provides a good road bike. Thanks for any help.
re: Choosing a Bike Tour in Italyukiahb
Sep 24, 2003 3:41 PM
Sep 24, 2003 4:06 PM
Definitely bring your own bike. And this is the one I'd do if I had the $$$.
andy still looks good. nmrufus
Sep 24, 2003 4:29 PM
Hampsten...hands downteoteoteo
Sep 24, 2003 5:15 PM
First, let me make my obligatory I am a trip guide for a luxury company that works in France statement...there I am done.

I have heard great thing after great thing about Andy's Tours. I have also had the pleasure of interviewing Andy for a story I was working on. He was a true gentleman.

Anyway, I have a customer at the shop where I work and he has been on two Carmichael training trips and several bicycle vacations. He returned last week from Italy and told me that it was hands down the best trip he's ever been on.....
La Corsa Doesn't Rent Bikesmerckxman
Sep 24, 2003 7:13 PM
You are expected to bring your own bike. However, they have connections with several shops and maybe they can hook up with something. Great tour ("GIRO") though!. I was really glad I had my own bike with me.
You may want to check out I haven'tbill
Sep 25, 2003 6:40 AM
done it, myself, but I bought my bike from the guy (Matt Cazziniga) who runs it with Dario Pegoretti's brother. I've always known him to be a good guy, and it looks like they're trying to do something a little different.
Do the Hampsten trip, BYOBpmf1
Sep 25, 2003 8:55 AM
I've done several bike tours and the Hampsten tour is hands down the best bike trip, or vacation in general I've ever done.

Bringing your own bike isn't that bad. They pick you up at the airport, store the case for the duration of the trip and then drop you back off at the airport. The Pisa airport has storage for something like $5/day that is extremely secure. My wife and I simply dropped the bikes off into storage after we finished, hopped a plane to Sicily and then picked them up on the way home. There is a train from the airport to anywhere you want to go nearby (Rome, Florence, etc).

No matter how fancy a tour you find, the rental bikes will be a POS compared to your own bike. I looked at several companies. Wanna ride 12 miles a day on a bike with a basket in front? Maybe my folks do, but not me. Why ride in heaven on some ill-fitting pile of junk? Like one of the guides said to me, "you wouldn't go surfing in Maui with someone else's board, so why would you want to bike in Tuscany on someone else's bike?"

e-mail me if you want details or some pics. I went in September 2000 on my honeymoon. It was excellent.
re: Choosing a Bike Tour in ItalyCliplessjoe
Sep 27, 2003 7:43 AM
Thanks for your suggestions. (I didn't have access to the computer for a couple of days.) I see the point about bringing my own bike; I just had some fantasy that there was some tour company out there that had beautiful Italian frames, Campy-equipped, in my size... of course this can't be true.

One other decision I'll have to make is just how hard -- and how far each day -- do I want to ride?

Thanks again. I'm checking out your suggestions.