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 providing 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.
Choosing bikes & accessories
For our tours, we suggest you hire a bike with a rack – either the road touring bike or the hybrid-style suspension tourer (there’s also a women’s model). We also suggest these bikes because they have slightly wider tires – better for coping with the occasional rough stretch and cobbled village streets we encounter on our routes.
Road touring bikes are lighter and faster. Hybrids have a wider range of gears and front suspension. They are also more comfortable for anyone preferring an upright riding position but are heavier and slower. For full details of the range of bikes, see here.
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 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.
To carry these items, a small pannier or some other kind of pack is needed – whether you bring your own or hire. (A pair of light panniers – see accessories – is generally adequate for two people to carry personal items, snacks and a waterproof and/or extra layers.
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 or suspension touring bike for 10-day tours will cost €185, including delivery and collection (not including any accessories). For 11-day tours, the cost will be €190. Prices of any other bicycle models will be confirmed at the time of 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.