Cycling Umbria

A selection of common questions.

If any other questions come to mind, please call us at 800-685-4565 or email us!
 

If I come alone, will I have anyone to cycle with?

You'll naturally find others in the group who pedal the same speed as you. Most of our groups include 2 - 4 solo travelers.  Because we simplify navigation by marking the road with chalk arrows, couples can easily split up and ride at their own pace.  We're happy to tell you about the group composition before you sign up.  Just give us a call.

What kind of clothing or other gear will I need for the bike tours?

We provide a detailed packing list that includes all you need but not too much. Many of our customers wear lycra bike shorts and cycling jerseys for the rides. We also recommend gloves, sunglasses and a helmet (mandatory). 

I usually ride a road bike but a friend suggested I use a bike with upright handlebars to see the countryside better. What do you think?

You should ride whichever bike you are most comfortable on and which you normally ride. We find that a trip like this is no time to try out a completely new bike. If you ride both styles at home the choice is up to you. Unless otherwise noted in the itinerary all of our routes are suitable for road bikes.

What kinds of cyclists take your tours?

Our travelers tend to be recreational cyclists who pedal during the summer and on weekends during good weather. These folks might make up 50-60% of your group. The remaining cyclists might be split between complete novices (who have never pedaled more that 10 miles in their life) and avid cyclists (who will ask for more mileage every day).

What are your hotels like?

We use comfortable hotels and local-style inns. In Europe, this means they are primarily 3-4 star hotels. We might occasionally use a 2 star hotel when there are no other choices. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential, so we choose comfortable, well-managed hotels. With just one or two exceptions all rooms have a private bathroom.

Above all, we select our hotels for location. In cities, for example, our hotels are within walking distance of city-center sights. When we (rarely) choose a luxury hotel far from the center of town, it’s worth it.
 
In Argentina/Chile our hotels are, of necessity, a mixture of traditional, small country inns and modern resort hotels. 

 

How many people will there be on my bicycle tour?

Our typical minimum is 6 people and the typical maximum is 18, however we do occasionally go as low as 4 people and as many as 19. ExpeditionPlus! tours have higher maximums, usually between 20 to 25 people. Some tours have higher minimums as well such as our Bike and Boat Tours. Call us and ask about the specific departure as we normally have a good idea of how tours fill during certain times of the year.

I like a mirror on my handlebar are they compatible with your bikes?

Bring your own mirror – on helmet or on handlebars - if detachable. The ergo grips on our hybrid bikes do not accommodate bar-end mirrors so bring either a helmet or sunglass mirror if riding a hybrid. Our road bikes do accommodate bar-end mirrors. 

Should I bring my own bike saddle?

If you've found a saddle that works well of you then by all means bring it. This is especially important because you will be riding a number of days in a row so being comfortable is key.  We do have a variety of saddles available and carry extras if you'd like to use one of ours

May I bring my own pedals?

Yes, we encourage those who want to have ‘clipless’ pedals to bring their own, and don’t forget your shoes!

Should I bring my own bike?

We find that if you are very tall, very short, or just hard to fit in general, it may make sense for you to bring your bike. But 99% of our customers find that the bikes we provide are perfectly adequate. Take a look at the detailed description on Our BIkes page and let us know if you have any questions.

Do I get a discount if I bring my own bike?

We don't give any discounts if you bring your own bike.  But if there is space in the van we will happily tranport your bike box to the ending city.

What kinds of roads are we riding on?

We design all of our bicycle tours to use quiet roads and peaceful bike paths, whenever possible. After all, we want you to have a fun and safe time! But if you ever have a question regarding the quality of roads or traffic on any tour route, please give us a call. We'll be glad to talk with you about it. If you are particularly concerned about traffic and prefer bike paths our Sightseer tours are an excellent choice

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