For riders who want to hire a bike, we work with Cycling Rentals, a company based near Lisbon that will deliver anywhere in Portugal and has a range of models and accessories.
Pedal Portugal is NOT responsible for bikes hired by you and you are not obliged to hire through Cycling Rentals (see below). However, very few cycle hire companies will deliver/collect bikes from the places that we use as start/finish points for our tours.
If you rent through Cycling Rentals, we will co-ordinate bookings with the company to ensure everyone’s bike is delivered and collected as required for the tour. As members of one of our tours, you will also benefit from a 15% discount on the company’s normal charges.
Please read the notes below carefully before booking your bike.
For our tours, we normally suggest the touring models because they have slightly wider tires – more comfortable for coping with the occasional rough stretch and cobbled village streets we encounter on our routes.
They also come with a rack, which is handy for taking a pannier to hold your snacks, sunscreen, waterproofs (they are sometimes needed!) etc.
Examples of touring models currently available from Cycling Rentals
Road touring bikes have more a more traditional road configuration, while the light touring bikes are more upright with flat bars. The hybrid touring bikes (models with and without crossbars available) are heavier but have front suspension and a wider range of gears.
For other models and the full details of each bike, see here.
Whether you bring your own or hire, we think it’s a good idea for every rider to have a pannier, bar bag or similar for carrying passports (see below), other valuables, snacks and extra layers/waterproofs. (For couples, a pair of lightweight panniers is generally sufficient – see accessories.)
All riders must carry ID (passport or equivalent) at all times – it should never be left in the support van.
You should also keep personal valuables like money, phone, camera etc. with you when riding as we are not responsible for their safety. It is also a good idea to carry personal snacks and – if necessary – a waterproof and extra layer.
Every bike rental includes a lock, pump, mini-tool, spare tube, tyre levers, water bottle (yours to keep) and either platform or cage (toe clip) pedals at no extra charge.
Helmets are not included. They can be hired for a minimal cost but we recommend you bring your own helmet to be certain of a good and comfortable fit.
Accessories – such as panniers, SPD pedals, bar bags, mirrors, helmets, odometers – are available at an extra charge. For details click here.
Cycling Rentals also offers a €15/bike theft/crash insurance policy – please see their terms & conditions for both details of cover and general booking terms.
Hiring a road touring bike will cost €215* for all tours except Historic Heartland) and €230* for Historic Heartland, including delivery and collection (not including any accessories).
For hybrid, light touring and aluminium road bikes the prices are €205* and €220*.
Cycling Rentals can also organise the hire of e-bikes, although riders should be aware these are leased from a third-party and deposits are not refundable. The prices for an e-bike are €365* and €395*
*Please note: These are 2021 prices – prices for 2022 will be confirmed when booking.
Booking with Cycling Rentals
When your tour is confirmed, please read the notes below and book your bike via the Cycling Rentals website:
- When booking please include the group name provided by Pedal Portugal in the first section of the form.
- If couples want one invoice, both individuals will have to fill out a form but make sure you give the same email address.
- Please leave the Delivery & Collection section BLANK- simply insert NA.
Alternative hire companies
You are not obliged to rent from Cycling Rentals but if you decide to go elsewhere you will be responsible for arranging your own hire and the delivery and collection of your bike. Details of some alternative hire companies can be found on this page.
Bringing your own bike
You can, of course, bring your own bike but please note that you are responsible both for getting it safely to Portugal and making sure everything is functioning properly!
Another issue is that our tours generally take us through areas with few bike shops/qualified mechanics. Local shops generally have very limited options with spares.
If you have any mechanical issues we will do everything we can to help. However, although we do carry tools and spares for the hire bike, we cannot guarantee they will be the right size/type for your bicycle.
If you do intend bringing your own bike, please let us know in advance and seek our advice.