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    Road Bike Hire

    Select your ride

    For all our cycling trips we have an excellent fleet of bikes available to hire.

    Included in the hire cost is an accidental damage waiver which covers accidental damage to the bike that may occur during the trip.

    Each bike comes equipped with a bike computer, a compact handlebar bag plus a saddle bag with a spare tube, tyre levers and a pump. Helmets and water bottles are included.

    You can choose from 3 different types of bike, each of which is available for any one of our road cycling holidays and come in a full range of sizes to fit every rider.

    Pricing Read More

    Road Bike – £225 (5 Countries is £275)
    Hybrid Bike – £225 (5 Countries is £275)
    E-Bike – £385*

    *If you think that you or a travelling companion would need an e-bike to complete the trip please speak to one of our friendly adventure consultants before booking. There are a maximum of 5 e-bikes available per trip and these are strictly on a first come, first served basis.

    Please note that since our 5 Countries tour is a longer trip, bike hire costs £275 per bike for road and hybrid bikes.

    Benefits of hiring from us Read More
    • You don’t need to worry about transporting your bike to or from the start/end point
    • Your bike will be fully customised for you and ready to ride on Day 1
    • We will ensure it is kept in top condition during the trip
    • You simply hand the bike back at the journey’s end
    How to reserve your bike Read More
    • Online – Simply note that you require a hire bike in your traveller notes when you book. The hire cost will be added to your invoice when we process your booking.
    • Phone – Simply let us know you want to hire a bike and we can add it to your booking.
    Sizing and customisation Read More

    After booking we will send you an online form to complete with your sizing information and any specific requests for your bike setup. This will let us assign you a bike and have it set to your requirements for when you arrive.

    Trek - Domane AL 5

    The first bike in our range is a road bike which is the Domane AL 5. Suited perfectly to true road biking, the Domane performs well on Scotland’s sweeping roads. The frame is built from Trek’s highest quality aluminium with a lightweight carbon fork there’s little wonder the Domane has been one of Trek’s best selling road bikes for many years. You’ll find a full Shimano 105 groupset throughout, including hydraulic disc brakes which offer superior braking performance in all weather conditions. The 11-speed gearing and wide-range cassette which means you have the gears to ride up even the most challenging climbs you’ll find on our trips.

    Rounding off the bike are hand picked 32mm tyres which may be a little wider than what you’re used to on a road bike but offer a massive increase in comfort and control without any increase in rolling resistance or loss of speed.

    In the Trek Domane, we think we’ve found a bike that is ideal for the type of riding you’ll experience in the UK. Whatever the terrain or surface, the Domane inspires confidence while delivering a level of comfort rarely found on a road bike.


    Domane AL 5 | Frameset Read More
    100 Series Alpha Aluminium, tapered head tube, internal routing, mudguard mounts, DuoTrap S-compatible, flat-mount disc, 142×12 mm thru axle
    Domane AL carbon, tapered alloy steerer, internal brake routing, mudguard mounts, flat-mount disc, 12×100 mm thru axle
    Domane AL 5 | Wheels Read More
    Front hub
    Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, CenterLock disc, 100×12 mm thru axle
    Rear hub
    Bontrager alloy, sealed bearing, CenterLock disc, Shimano 11-speed freehub, 142×12 mm thru axle
    Bontrager Affinity Disc, Tubeless Ready, 28-hole, 21 mm width, presta valve
    Domane AL 5 | Drivetrain Read More
    Shimano 105 R7020, 11-speed
    Front derailleur
    Shimano 105 R7000, 31 mm clamp
    Rear derailleur
    Shimano 105 R7000, long cage, 34T max cog
    Shimano 105, 50/34 (compact)
    Bottom bracket
    Shimano press-fit
    Shimano HG800, 11-34, 11-speed
    Shimano HG600, 11-speed
    Domane AL 5 | Components Read More
    Bontrager Comp, 6061 alloy, 27.2 mm, 8 mm offset, 250 mm length
    Bontrager Elite IsoZone VR-SF, alloy, 31.8 mm, internal Di2 routing, 75 mm reach, 128 mm drop, 38 cm width
    Bontrager Supertack Perf tape
    Bontrager Elite, 31.8 mm, 7-degree, w/computer and light mounts
    Head set
    Integrated, cartridge bearing, sealed, 1-1/8˝ top, 1.5˝ bottom
    Brake set
    Shimano BR-R7070 flat mount hydraulic disc
    Domane AL 5 | Weight Read More
    56 – 10.10 kg / 22.27 lbs

    Trek - FX Sport 4

    The second bike in the range is the Trek FX Sport 4. If your previous experience of hybrid bikes is heavy and clunky, this bike is going to be a big surprise. Lightweight and fast, the Trek FX Sport 4 will inspire you to ride further than you thought possible. What you get is the performance and speed of a ride bike but with the versatility and comfort of a hybrid.

    As with the Checkpoint, the bike comes with a lightweight aluminium frame and carbon fork. There is a Shimano Tiagra groupset throughout including hydraulic disc brakes for excellent braking performance. The FX Sport benefits from a wide-range cassette giving you the gears you need for the steepest of grades. The 32mm tyre choice is the same as the Checkpoint and adds further comfort with no loss of speed.


    FX Sport 4 | Frameset Read More
    200 Series Alpha Aluminium, DuoTrap S compatible, rack and mudguard mounts
    FX carbon, flat mount disc, hidden mudguard mounts
    FX Sport 4 | Wheels Read More
    Front hub
    Formula alloy, CenterLock disc, 12 mm thru-axle, 32h
    Rear hub
    Formula alloy, CenterLock disc, QR, 32h
    Bontrager Tubeless Ready Disc, 32h
    FX Sport 4 | Drivetrain Read More
    Shimano Tiagra rapid-fire, 10 speed
    Front derailleur
    Shimano Tiagra
    Rear derailleur
    Shimano RD-4700 Tiagra
    Shimano R460, 48/34
    Bottom bracket
    Sealed cartridge, external cup
    Shimano Tiagra, 11-34, 10-speed
    KMC X10
    FX Sport 4 | Components Read More
    Bontrager SSR, 2-bolt head, 27.2 mm, 12 mm offset
    Bontrager Satellite Plus IsoZone, 31.8 mm, 15 mm rise
    Bontrager Satellite IsoZone Plus, lock-on, ergonomic
    Bontrager Elite, 31.8 mm, 7-degree, w/computer and light mounts
    Head set
    1-1/8˝ threadless, sealed cartridge bearings
    Brake set
    Shimano MT-201, hydraulic disc
    FX Sport 4 | Weight Read More
    M – 10.30 kg / 22.7 lbs

    Trek - eBike - Verve +

    The third and final choice is to embrace the revolution and rent an E-Bike for your trip. If you’ve never ridden an E-Bike before, be ready for a lot of fun. Everyone who tested these bikes from the Wilderness Team had a smile as wide as the Atlantic, simply great fun.

    We should probably explain that if you’re looking for a motorbike you’re going to be disappointed. This is still a bicycle and you’re still going to get a workout. However, the e-bike motor amplifies your pedalling effort and makes you feel like the wind is always at your back and helping you along the way. If you ride an E-Bike you’ll find that both the miles and hills melt away, leaving you to enjoy the terrain and landscapes to the full. What you may find with an E-Bike, is that it allows you to complete one of our more challenging trips or allow you to keep up with your partner or friends throughout the day. If you do hire one, we guarantee that it will be impossible not to grin as you cruise past them on the hills.

    The e-bikes we have selected are the Verve+ which feature a lightweight aluminium frame, a 250-watt Bosch Active Line mid-drive motor capable of helping you sustain speeds up to 25 km/h all controlled from a  handlebar-mounted switch. The Verve+ is also equipped with wide 45mm tyres for extra stability, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes for all-weather stopping power. It also has some cool features like the integrated Lync light system.


    Verve+ | Frameset Read More
    Alpha Gold Aluminium, custom designed for the Bosch Active Line system, rack and mudguard mounts, internal cable routing
    Verve+ alloy
    Verve+ | Drivetrain Read More
    Shimano Alivio M4000, 9 speed
    Rear derailleur
    Shimano Alivio T4000
    Miranda Delta, 38T
    Bottom bracket
    Bosch Active Line, 250 watt, 20 mph
    Shimano HG200, 11-36, 9-speed
    KMC X9
    Verve+ | Components Read More
    Aluminium Suspension
    Bontrager alloy, 31.8 mm comfort sweep
    Bontrager Satellite Elite, lock-on, ergonomic
    Bontrager adjustable Blendr
    Head set
    1-1/8˝, semi-integrated, semi-cartridge bearings
    Brake set
    Shimano MT-200 hydraulic disc
    Verve+ | Accessories Read More
    Bosch PowerPack, 400 Wh
    Bosch Purion
    Bosch Active Line Wh, 250 watt, 40 Nm, 25 kph
    Front light
    Lync Ion
    Rear light
    Lync Flare
    Verve+ | Weight Read More
    M – 20.57 kg / 45.34 lbs

    Road Cycling Tours

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    Road Cycling - Arran, Islay and Jura
    Reviewed on 22/07/2019

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