touring bike rental sevilla/malaga?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Sep 26, 2012 3:51 AM Last Post By: pq
Sep 15, 2012 4:13 PM
touring bike rental sevilla/malaga?hi,
i'm planning a trip to andalucia, flying into sevilla - or alternatively, malaga - in December. The plan is to travel by bike (and some sections by train) between sevilla, cordoba, granada and ronda.
I'd prefer not to take our bikes on the plane, but so far have only found two companies that rents out hybrid bikes, and they're not based very conveniently (one in alhambra de granada, the other in ronda - which would be the fall-back option). Since budget flights from belgium are limited to sevilla and malaga, I was hoping to find rentals there.
sevilla seems to only have rental companies targeting cycling around town, not 50+ km of cycling daily in hilly terrain with paniers. So... does anybody know any touring bike rentals in or near sevilla or malaga?
thanks for your advice,
Sep 17, 2012 5:47 AM
Sep 17, 2012 7:40 AM
2Try Conilbikes.es in Conil which is pretty well mid-way between Sevilla & Malaga.
C/Gonzalo Sanchez Fuentes s/n
11140 Conil de la Frontera
Sep 17, 2012 10:40 AM
3hello Marjolijn. I just came back from Malaga vacations and we did the guided bike tour with bike2malaga. As we did the tour, we rented as well city bikes for 2 days. They have also TREKKING bikes for long journeys. Maybe they can help you. Have nice time in Andalusia - it is a very nice place to visit!
Sep 18, 2012 4:51 AM
4Why not travel by train and take your own bike? French night trains are very bike friendly and not too expensive. Often trains work out quicker than flying anyway because you can travel when you're asleep and you don't have to dismantle your bike. Spain is more difficult, but slow trains are usually OK. Keeps your CO2 emissions under control too.
Sep 22, 2012 4:26 AM
5thanks for your replies! I'm guessing sevilla doesn't really have that many options...
The company in Malaga does look good, I'll look into them some more, thanks alex!
The Conil shop on first sight seems to be located only in conil - on the coast and outside the region i'm looking into, so that one doesn't look that promising. The idea is to have to do as little traveling between airport and bike rental.
Buying bikes seems like a weird suggestion - what would you suggest we do with them after we're done with our trip? Take them home on the plane, which is a hassle we're hoping to avoid? Give them away? Can't get my head around that one...
Traveling by train would be my preferred option, and sustainable travel is high on my agenda too, but we have to be realistic: it would mean close to 24 hours of travel one way (14h paris-madrid + train from antwerp to paris + madrid to andalucia) with a lot of hassle getting on and off trains and rushing or waiting around to combine time tables. Air travel would take us about half a day one way (including taking the train to the airport). If I'd be going for over a month, I would consider it though. And I'm open to good (weather-wise) and surprising winter cycling destinations in easier-to-get-to places ;)
The travel plans aren't final yet, but most likely we will go to andalucia (still need to look into doable daily distances and the time we want to spend in the cities to decide how many we'll include). i'll keep you posted on how it went...
Sep 26, 2012 3:51 AM
6You're probably underestimating how long the plane journey will take. Airports are rarely good places to start a bike ride, and if you manage to find a hire bike you'll have to travel to where it is. If you take your own you'll have to rebuild your bike, find somewhere to stash the box and travel to a more suitable starting point.
Factor that in + the fact that you'll sleep for a large chunk of the train journey and I doubt there's much difference. What matters is not travelling time, but how long between setting off from home and actually starting your bike ride.
The hassle you describe has never been a feature of long distance rail travel with bikes in my experience - assuming good planning.
If you are going to fly, I'd go further south than that so that you're more likely to get good weather. Flying to Agadir would be better if you don't ride too high into the Atlas for example.
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