Published by Lyn on 13 February 2015
Nicola wrote to ask about road or mountain bike hire in the Charente. Here's our email exchange.
I am struggling to find a company in the Charente (Chalais) who hires proper road bikes (ie not hybrids). Or actually, a decent XC mountain bike (hardtail) would do as there are some great VTT routes nearby as well.
I am visiting my parents over the Easter weekend (possibly Wed-Sun) and cycling over there is lovely. I need to be training, but I don’t want the expense or hassle of taking my own bike.
Can you help?
I wrote back:
Try O2 Cycles in Bordeaux for a road bike.
It's run by a guy called Norbert (English-speaking). He delivers but I'm not sure what the delivery prices will be to the Charente (though you'll be in the SW so should be do-able).
There's a MTB hire place 50km south of Chalais in Montazeau (just over the border in the Dordogne). It's run by a couple called Malcolm and Sue. They deliver within a 75km radius so you should be OK. Their phone number is +33 (0)5 53 63 08 91, email [email protected] or check their website, www.themountainbikehirecompany.co.uk.
(NB For anyone reading this on the blog, see here for other Charente bike hire options, including hybrids).
I know you have a place to stay with your folks, but I'm including my Poitou-Charentes accommodation map here in case it can help others.
Would be great to hear how you get on.
Nic wrote back:
You’re an absolute star! Fantastic..
We fly into Bordeaux, so my parents could drop me off at the bike shop and I could ride back. Or if it’s a horrible day, they have an estate car, so I could put the bike in the back.
But ... decisions decisions as the MTB place sounds great too and the routes are beautiful.
Perhaps I’ll contact both and see what they’ve got and in what sizes and make a decision then.
I will let you know how I get on. Thank you SO much for your help and for coming back so quickly.