Experience Plus!

Bicycle Tours Since 1972

Experience Plus - Bicycle Tours since 1972
ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours Titanium bicycle somewhere in the Dordogne region of France

Bikes that make riding easier.

Bikes Types Available in Continental Europe
Bikes Types Available in Chile and Argentina
Bikes on TourzPlus! Tours

We take great pride in our bike fleet. For our bicycle tours in Europe, our bikes are based at our operations headquarters in Italy – on our family farm, where we house hundreds of bicycles and our staff of mechanics. Your bike will be equipped with a men's saddle or women's saddle (we have a variety of styles to choose from), rear rack and pack (approx.11” X 6” X 7” and expandable), pump, patch kit, spare tube, cable lock, toe cages (optional), cyclometer, a water bottle cage and a water bottle that is yours to keep.

What bike should you choose?

Pick a bike that is similar to the bike you are used to riding at home.  Some people like the exhilaration of a fast-paced road bike tour; others prefer the upright sightseeing of a hybrid bike.  The bike you select for your trip with us should be the one you are most comfortable with!

Bike Types Available in Continental Europe*

*Road Bike: with “drop” handle bars, 30 speeds and 700 X 25 tires.  The large majority of our fleet in Europe consists of lightweight (56cm comes in at just over 18 pounds), responsive and comfortable Van Nicholas Titanium frame bikes. Bikes come with a combination of Shimano Ultegra and 105 components featuring 50-42-30 chainrings and a 12-28 cassette. Read more about our Titanium bicycle fleet.

*Hybrid Bike: Van Nicholas Amazon Titanium custom hybrid bikes available in both a standard and mixte (step-through) frame. Each component has been carefully selected to create a bike perfect for conquering Mont Ventoux, the hills of Tuscany, or meandering through the Loire Valley. Your hybrid bike will be lightweight and features carbon forks, rapid-fire shifters, and a 30 speed Shimano SLX drivetrain with a low gear ratio (42-32-24 chainrings and 11-34 cassette that make for a 18,9 low gear ratio expressed in gear inches) for the steeper climbs. In other words they have a granny gear(!) for climbing and a higher range for flats and downhills.

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Hybrid Mixte Bike: sometimes called “women’s bikes” these titanium hybrids offer all the features of our typical hybrid and a step-through frame for shorter people or for people who don't want to swing their leg over a standard frame's top tube.

Tandems:
we have a few Cannondale road-style tandems with aluminum-frames, powerful disk brakes and 27-30 speeds available for tandem enthusiasts who travel with us in Europe.  Be sure to book early and reserve a bicycle built for two if that sounds like great fun.
 
E-bikes: We are pleased to introduce our new hybrid style pedelecs (pedals assisted bikes). These bikes are excellent quality and feature state of the art technology and are a fantastic option for bicycle travelers who need a little push. Although you still have to pedal the E-bike drive provides a nice boost for your efforts. For example when your pedal stroke increases to get up a hill so does the amount of power the electric motor outputs. Less effort on your part translates to less power assist.
 
These bikes come with rapid-fire shifters that operate in the same way as a regular hybrid bike. They feature an 11-speed drive train with gear ratios that are very similar to what you’d find on a mountain bike which means you have a great range for climbing.
 
A few things to consider:
  • E-bike rentals are not included in the tour price. For 7 to 8 day tours there is $250 fee, and for tours that are 9 days, or longer the fee is $300.
  • We limit the number of e-bikes to two per departure.
  • These bikes are much heavier (53 pounds) than a regular bike.
  • Bikes come with 700x40 Schwalbe Energizer Pro tires that are made specifically for e-bikes. The tires feature an anti-puncture layer, good grip, and minimal rolling resistance.
  • The e-bike drive automatically switches off if speeds exceed 25km/h (15 mph).
  • Though the bikes are very quiet the electric engine does produce a light but constant noise.
  • The bikes can be ridden without assist though as mentioned above they are much heavier than a regular bike.
  • Operating range depends on many factors such as the assistance level, gear switching behavior, route profile, head wind, temperatures but in general the average range of our battery packs is 110km (68 miles).

Riding an e-bike is easy and we will offer you instructions at the bike fitting. You should know that because of its weight the e-bike handles a bit differently than a regular bike. It also might take you a day, or so, to reach maximum efficiency using the pedal assist.

* In Ireland and Scotland we have aluminum road and hybrid bikes with similar gear ratios as the hybrid and road bikes listed above.

Bike Types Available in Chile and Argentina

Road Bikes: Our trips in Chile and Argentina are designed entirely on paved roads. You have the option of Merida aluminum-frame road bikes, 27 speeds.

Hybrid Bikes: our hybrid bikes consist of GT and Merida mountain bikes outfitted with much skinnier tires and with the shocks locked out.

Bikes on TourzPlus Tours

Our TourzPlus partners have a similar quality bicycle fleet as ours. If you have questions about the bikes available on any TourzPlus tour we’ll be happy to send you the specifics.

We have bikes for everyone!

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The ultimate in comfort, for the passenger!

The ultimate in comfort, for the passenger!