My husband and I rented bikes and did a self guided trip on the Monterey Coast and Carmel Valley. We are not die hard bikes but we really enjoyed the trip. The rides were hard for us as we weren't in the best of shape (April is early for bike riding in the Midwest). We were able to follow the gps with no problems and did complete all four days of biking. We enjoyed the suggested restaurant stops. It was a little scary riding on Hwy. 1 on the way to Big Sur but the scenery was outstanding. The hotels were awesome, very different in style. It was a little tricky figuring out the pick up and drop off of the bikes but they were very accommodating. Experienced 2 flat tires and were able to change them with a little phone assistance, as I said we aren't die hard bikers. Would definitely recommend this tour!
TripAdvisor July 2014
Note: The same amazingly great road bikes we use on our tours are now available for bike rental in the San Francisco Bay Area.
All of our tours include the use of a premium road bicycle at no extra charge. The essence of our tour experience is the pure joy of riding light and fast road bikes, so we provide only the lightest and highest quality road bikes in the bike tour industry. Each bike has a full carbon frame and high end Shimano Ultegra components—equally appropriate on a century event ride, a fast training ride, or a local race.
The bikes are made by Cannondale and Specialized. Frames and forks are made of lightweight carbon fiber, stiff for efficient energy transfer yet compliant to soak up road vibration. Gearing was selected to handle the California hills, with a compact double crankset and a wide range cassette.
We carry a complete range of frame sizes, from 44 cm to 63 cm, so just about any adult will fit on our bikes.
Riding one of our great road bikes is a true pleasure–made even more enjoyable when that bike fits you correctly. That’s why we custom fit a bike for you before your trip begins. For our road bikes, you are welcome to send us your fit measurements, or we’ll use average measurements for your height. We mount the pedal style of your choice, or you can bring your own pedals (we have 16 types of pedals to choose from). If you bring your own saddle, we mount that for you at the start of the trip.