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Pat Lamb:

--- Quote from: johno30 on November 19, 2012, 05:50:28 pm ---Does anyone ever wish when they travel they could rent a high end road bike and get a guide to show them the local routes that are the best and safest in that area?

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Check out the bike touring companies that advertise in Adventure Cycling, or look in the Cyclists' Yellow Pages off the AC home page.  Several of these companies either include a bike, or will rent you one, in the price of their tours.  You can travel either in the U.S. or abroad.

I think the sales pitch for this is that you don't have to ship your bike, or pay the exorbitant airline fees, or worry about preciousss getting damaged on the way.  Of course, many of these are pricier than my bikes, so that just adds to the fun!

staehpj1:

--- Quote from: johno30 on November 19, 2012, 05:50:28 pm ---Does anyone ever wish when they travel they could rent a high end road bike and get a guide to show them the local routes that are the best and safest in that area?

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It depends on what you call high end, but yes I would sometimes be interested in a decent rental bike.  On the guide service, no that doesn't especially interest me.

DaveB:

--- Quote from: staehpj1 on November 20, 2012, 11:54:51 am ---It depends on what you call high end, but yes I would sometimes be interested in a decent rental bike.  On the guide service, no that doesn't especially interest me.
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The rental bikes I saw in San Francisco were mid-line Trek aluminum frame road bikes with 105 triples or a Cannondale or Specialized equivalent.  This isn't "high end" in that they weren't carbon Colnagos with Record or Dura Ace but they were far better than the usual single speed ballon tire cruiser I see in most rental places.

briwasson:
Sounds like a possible trolling post, with OP thinking of offering said "guide service" perhaps?

Westinghouse:
I just get maps and go. I get a general idea and map as I go. If someone advises me on a route that is much better than one I have chosen, sure I'd go for it, especially if the advice comes from another cyclist. Non cyclists tell you a road is flat, and when they do, you might want to be prepared for steep hills, and that leads to an interesting observation of human physiopsychology.

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