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We use the best hybrid and road bicycles in the touring industry. A good fit is imperative to enjoying your bicycle vacation. We start with a fleet of premium quality, lightweight bicycles with frame sizes from 44 to 64 cm on road bikes. Hybrid bike sizes range from 15 to 22.5 inches. Our road bikes have custom Shimano drivetrains with a gear range we call “Better than Triple” which gears our bikes the range of a trip with the performance and reliability of the compact double while hybrids feature Shimano Deore/LX 27 speed components. Child-sized bicycles, trail-a-bikes, and child trailers are available on family trips. Since almost all our trips originate from our main warehouse in Seattle, your Head Guide can choose from more than 400 bicycles to find the one that's sized just right for you.
Prior to your bike tour, we request your height and an inseam measurement that goes from crotch to floor, without shoes (also known as 'standover height') in order to choose the right frame size for you. (If you have a fit sheet or sizing information on your personal bicycle, you are welcome to send that to us, and we will do our best to match your geometry and specs.) On the first day of each bicycle tour, your guides tweak your bike fit to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. If they can't get the fit just right, we typically carry a couple of extra sizes. We try to make sure we have the right size and type of bike you need to enjoy your cycling vacation.
Your bike will have a small seat pack, a removable front handlebar pack with map case, and two water bottles. Rear rack packs are available if requested prior to the trip, as are rear-view mirrors. Each bicycle also comes equipped with a frame-mounted bicycle pump, two spare tubes, and three tire levers in your seat pack, a small lock and cable in your front pack, and a cyclometer mounted on the handlebars. The cyclometer electronically displays current speed and daily trip distance traveled. Our written directions define route turns by description and mileage from the lodge, making a cyclometer on your bike a very handy navigational aid. If you use Garmin, Strava or RideWithGPS, we will be happy to provide you with those files for your bike tour.
You'll have a variety of bicycle saddles to choose from - male-female or racing-touring (softer). Most bicycles will be set up with a touring saddle. Do you have a definite saddle preference? Tell us when you sign up for your tour and we will do our best to provide a saddle like the one you're used to riding. We'll have a few extra saddles on hand at the start of your trip in case you want to switch. If you prefer you can bring your own saddle from your bike at home. We'll be happy to install it on your bicycle.
Our bikes are set up with flat pedals and/or toe clips and straps. If you are used to riding a bicycle with clip-in/'clipless' pedals but will be riding one of our bicycles, simply unscrew the pedals from your bike and bring them (and your cycling shoes) with you. We'll install your personal pedals on your Bicycle Adventures bike for you.
Your leader will tune up your bicycle before your trip in our professional bicycle shop, and our professional bicycle mechanics completely overhaul every bicycle at least once a year. Should your front wheel find a hole your eyes missed or should any other mechanical mishap occur during the trip, we'll keep you going at no extra charge by either fixing the bike we provide, fixing your bike or letting you use one of the spare bicycles we bring on each trip.
You have the option to choose a hybrid bicycle, with straight handlebars and a frame that is similar to a road bike. The tires are wider (700 x 35) than you'll find on a road bike but are designed for riding on pavement, not knobby 'mountain bike' style tires. Hybrids are reasonably lightweight and position your body in a more upright position that is easier on the back, shoulders, and neck. A hybrid bicycle is ideal for guests who don't ride a lot or who want to enjoy the scenery from an upright position. Hybrids are available in diamond and mixte (sloping top tube, also known as women's) frames. These bikes have 24 to 27 speeds, removable toe clips, and plenty of gears for tackling the hills.
Experienced cyclists usually prefer a road bicycle with the standard diamond frame and dropped (racing) handlebars. This is the lightest and fastest type of bike, and it puts the rider in the most muscle-efficient and aerodynamic riding position.
Bicycle Adventures proudly offers Orbea road bikes. Included with your trip is the Avant H30 road bike with compact double gearing: a 50/34 chainring in front and 12/32 in the rear. These bikes have standard size wheels (700 cm).
18047 NE 68th St., Suite B140
Redmond, WA 98052
800.443.6060 or 425.250.5540