If you decide to rent one of our bikes, get the choice of one of our new TREK road or hybrid bikes – or even an e-bike!
One question people often have is, should I bring my own bike, or rent one of your bikes? For serious cyclists, the big advantage of bringing your bike is that you’ve cycled for hundreds of miles on your bike – it’s finely tuned to your movements and you’re used to how it works. There won’t be an adjustment period to settle into a new bike; instead, you can jump straight into your bike trip.
But the obvious disadvantage of taking your own bike is, you guessed it, the hassle of flying to Ireland with it. It’s true that usually you can bring a bike on most airlines (as part of the excess sports luggage), but there is an added cost to this. It will have to be folded into a bike box, and there is always the unlikely but scary fear that it could be damaged during the travel, or that it might accidentally be sent on holiday to Newark while you’re standing in Dublin waiting for it!
Most bike trips start on the west coast of Ireland, meaning you’ll also have to get your bike from the airport to the trip start. Trains do usually have a limited number of bike places, but added to your luggage, this might make your voyage cumbersome and difficult. If you wish to do any pre- or post-trip travel, once again, you’ll have bring the bike with you.
On the other hand, renting a bike from us will reduce the travel hassle, and the amount of luggage you’ll have to carry with you. True, this means you won’t be on your own bike, but we have a pretty cool new fleet of TREK bikes to use (new for the 2019 season!) that I’m excited about – and you should be too!
Particularly if this is your first time joining a group bike trip, a great compromise is to simply take your saddle and pedals and attach them to the rented bike.
This tip was submitted by our round-the-world cyclist and guide, Dean McMenamin.