Road Bike Hire
Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 11:21
Reasons for Hiring a Bike
- Your bike does not have the correct gearing for the mountains.
- Hiring a bike can save you the hassle of packing up and transporting your own.
- Most airlines now charge for the transportation of bikes (up to £40 per flight).
- Airlines do not guarantee to transport your bike if the flight is full.
- You don't have to worry about maintaining it during the week.
- You can return it dirty at the end of your trip.
- It is a good opportunity to try the SRAM Groupset and titanium frames.
Titanium Road Bikes for Hire
New for 2014, Marmot Tours has invested in a fleet of titanium framed bikes fitted with SRAM Force 22 groupsets. These bikes have been designed for long hilly days, with a comfortable geometry and very low gears. It is quite a bold move for us to go away from carbon frames, but we strongly believe that flexibility of titanium makes it an ideal material for our style of holidays and our customer research showed us that our clients are also excited about the opportunities that a titanium frame offers. Titanium is slightly heavier than Carbon, so we have chosen to fit them out with high quality lightweight components. We have written a section below on the pro's and con's of titanium if you are unfamiliar with this frame material.
The full spec. can be found by following this link, but these are the key features.
Titanium frame with sloping geometry. This is more comfortable for long days.
Titanium forks. Titanium is more flexible than carbon so can absorb the shock of potholes etc. much better.
SRAM Force 22 groupset. Lightweight and reliable with a smooth gear changing action. The brake hoods are comfortable (particularly for those with small hands) and it does not take long to get used to the 'double click' gear change. The new Force 22 is considered by many to be a higher quality groupset than Shimano Ultegra and has taken may features from the top end SRAM Red.
Gear Ratios. With a compact 50-34 chainset and the new 11 speed 11-32 cassette, we get a low gear of 28.7 inches. This is equivalent to a standard triple with a 28 tooth cassette, but has the advantage of being significantly lighter.
Mavic Aksium wheelsets. These are well built, strong wheels that we (and you!) can rely on during the long descents.
Value. The bikes will have a recommended retail price of about £2800.
The advantages of titanium:
- Titanium is a bit more flexible, hence comfortable, which is well suited to long distance rides like ours.
- The frames are more hard wearing, so do not get chipped and are generally resistant to scratching. This has many obvious advantages for us in terms of their maintenance, but it does also mean that it will be easier for to us to keep the bikes looking 'new', which is much better for the person hiring. Regardless how well the bike is working, people do not want to be given a bike that looks like it has been abused!
- It is unlikely that the frame will get damaged if the bike is involved in an accident, making it a trustworthy frame material for a hire bike. If a carbon bike is involved in an accident, it may look fine, but there may be some internal damage that is only visible in an X-ray!! People do not always tell us that they have had a crash!
- As the frames will 'last' and stay looking good for years, we can keep the hire cost very competitive, as we do not need to replace the bikes every year, just the moving components.
The following sizes are available: XS, S, M, L, XL, XL. Please check that we have a bike of your size before sending in your booking form. Reserve a bike by adding it to your booking form, or by contacting us direct - we will need to know your height. If you want to add a hire bike to your booking at a later stage please send us an email and we will let you know if we have availability.
There are a limited number of bikes of each size, so they will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis.
It is important to us that your hire bike is the correct size and feels comfortable. We will allocate you a frame size based on the average body / leg length. If you have particularly long legs / body please let us know at the time of reserving and we can discuss which frame is the most suitable for you. We stock a range of stems (with different lengths and angles) which can be interchanged to help us set up your bike to a comfortable riding position.
We feel very confident that we can provide a comfortable and successful bike fit for our clients, however, if you are very concerned about exact bike fit and matching measurements to your bike at home, then to allay your anxieties, we would suggest you bring your own bike with you for the trip rather than hire from our fleet. You can then relax on your 'own steed'!
The price includes delivery to / from the trip start / end points. The hire charge is in £ sterling and will be invoiced seperately to your holiday invoice, and will include VAT. No discounts apply to Bike Hire.
Weekly Road Bikes Charges (5 / 6 days cycling): £220 (£200 for the bike and £20 Insurance)
Mini Break Road Bikes Charges (3 / 4 days cycling): £154 (£140 for the bike and £14 Insurance)
Extended Week Road Bikes Charges (7 / 8 days cycling): £275 (£250 for the bike and £25 Insurance)
Daily Road Bike Charges: £40 / 50 Euros (+10% for the Insurance to be added at the time of booking)
Helmets are not included, but can be hired for €10.00 for a week, payable in € cash on the trip.
Garmin 705's can be hired for €10/day - see section on GPS Units below. As above, this is payable in € cash at the start of your holiday.
Bike Rental Insurance Terms and Conditions
As you can see above, the price also includes a hire bike insurance policy which covers damage or breakage to the bike frame or any of the components or theft or loss of the bike. This compulsory insurance has been included this year at the request of several clients in 2013 who were not able to find a travel insurance policy that covered damage, breakage, theft or loss of their Marmot Hire bike and so were concerned at being asked to sign a hire bike agreement taking responsibility for these costs personally (understandably!). It does mean you need to read some insurance 'blurb' which we usually like to minimise but unfortunately a bit is unavoidable here! I've put it in as simple terms as possible
What the insurance does cover:
1. Damage or breakage to the bike frame or any components (and their replacement / repair by Marmot Tours)
2. Theft or loss of the bike
What the insurance doesn't cover:
In the case of an accident, Marmot Tours is not responsible under any circumstances for damages caused to the hirer (medical costs) or which the hirer causes to any third party (third party liability), or any other costs resulting from damage to the rental bike or theft/loss of the rental bike.
The insurance does not guarantee that Marmot Tours will be able to provide a replacement bike (or components in the case of irreparable damage) though every possible effort will be made to do so.
The insurance does not negate the hirer from the following responsibilities:
- To let your guide know of any issues with your bike as soon as possible, and to leave the maintenance of the bike to them.
- To treat the bike with due care and attention when riding it, parking it, or storing it.
- To ride the bike sensibly, in compliance with road traffic law and taking weather conditions into consideration
- To hold travel insurance that covers any third party liability and medical costs.
We will send you a hire bike agreement detailing both our and your responsiblities at the time of your rental so you will be able to check this information and ask any questions that you may have at the time of booking.
- Helmet hire is not included. Please bring your own or arrange hire on booking. It is compulsory to wear a helmet on all trips.
- Standard pedals are provided - if you have shoes with cleats please bring your own pedals
- If you have your own 'tried and tested' saddle then please bring it along.
- Mini-Pumps, tyre levers and spare tubes are provided with all hire bikes in a saddle bag.
- Road Bikes come with a basic bike computer to measure distance.
- GPS units are available for hire - contact us for details
- We ask you to sign a bike form when we provide you with your bike, which details your responsibilities as regards the care of your bike.
- All bikes will have undergone a maintenance check prior to being hired to you, and will be checked every evening by the leader / bike mechanic on your holiday. Any maintenance required should be carried out by the leader or a bike shop.
- Our guides will also sign a form detailing their responsibilities as regards the maintenance of the bike
Other bike hire options
With all of these options, you would book and pay for your bike directly with the provider. We can generally help you pick up you bike on the first day of the trip, or in the case of the Raid pyrenean pick it up and drop it back in Carcassonne.
Please note that this service is not available for the Raid Alpine or Raid Dolomites trips as the logistics of relocating the bike makes it prohibitively expensive.
We have a number of GPS units available for hire, at a cost of 10 Euros per day, paid in cash on arrival. As we have a limited number, the units will be allocated on a first come basis.
The route will either be already loaded onto the unit or the Guide will load it the first night of the trip. You will then be shown how to use it, to get the most from the navigational features.
The unit has the following features:
1) Map screen - you get a purple line to follow and get alerted when you go off course.
2) Navigation screen - the unit counts you down to the next junction, summit or point of interest. It tells you how far you have been as well as current altitude and amount of climbing to do.
3) Directions screen - The next 3 directions are displayed with a count down to how far away they are.
4) Bike computer - can be tailored to your needs, but can includes speed, distance, average speed, altitude, total ascent, total descent , etc.
Your statistics are held in the unit and can be downloaded to a computer at the end of the trip. Our guide could transfer these to a memory stick for you if you would like to hold onto them.
Bringing Your Own Bike
For airline bike transportation charges / advice on packing / transporting your own bike then see our bike transportation section