Where can I hire a bike?
Hiring a bike
On the website route maps, the Accueil Vélo accredited bike rental companies are marked with a green pictogram
Along the route, you’ll recognise them by the signs displaying the Accueil Vélo logo shown below.
So, what is ‘Accueil Vélo’? Accredited bike rental companies must be located less than 5 km away from La Vélodyssée. They must be able to provide hybrid or trekking bikes for men, women and children, and: bike locks, repair kits for minor repairs (puncture equipment, standard sets of spanners, chain lubricant, foot pump), bike helmets and high-visibility jackets.
Some companies also rent out: luggage racks, map holders, handlebar bags, saddlebags, bike trailers, baby bike seats, third wheels, tandems etc.
Rent an electric bike
Electrically assisted bikes (e-bikes) are legally considered to be cycles if they respect the European directive: 250W maximum power, the electric motor is for assistance only, and you have to pedal to propel the bike forward.
Along La Vélodyssée, here are the rental companies which offer e-bikes for hire (at the current time, this list only includes companies in Brittany and the Basque Country). Certain bike hirers are Accueil Vélo accredited.
- Pontivy Communauté Tourist Office (Accueil Vélo) - More info
- Morlaix Tourist Office (Accueil Vélo) - More info
- Veloc’Ouest on demand - 06 73 58 72 33 / email@example.com
In the Basque Country:
- Newteon in Anglet - More info
- Les roues de Lilou in Biarritz - More info
- Takamaka in Biarritz (Accueil Vélo) - More info
- Bizikleta in St-Jean-de-Luz (Accueil Vélo) - More info
One-way rentals: hire a bike in one place and leave it in another
When you set off for a few days, transporting your bike can sometimes be complicated; and on family trips, managing luggage isn’t always easy.
Several solutions are available: bike rental companies which offer « one-way » deals: they deliver and collect the bicycles which they rent out; and specialised transporters.
Some advice on hiring the equipment best suited to you
- Today, professional cycle hire centres can be found in most towns and along designated cycle routes.
Rent a bike suitable for the route.
Generally a mixed terrain bicycle, such as a hybrid bike.
Consider hiring panniers at the same time as the bicycle.
These are very practical - even for a day trip - and useful for carrying your clothes and a picnic.
Remember that some rental centres offer a one-way service.
You simply take the bike at the beginning of the route and hand it back at the end. Very practical if you are planning to take the train for the return journey!
Take care of the equipment you rent.
That way, you’ll get all your deposit back.
Are you travelling with young kids?
Consider taking a bike trailer (which could also carry your luggage) or a 3rd wheel.
- If you don’t want to travel with heavy bags, there is a solution: luggage transport services.
Self-service bicycles (such as Bicloo and VCub) are not suitable for long tours!
Photos credits: © France Vélo Tourisme, © Les Roues de Lilou, © J. Damase