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Cycling the Camino

Discussion in 'Biking the Camino' started by Michelle Wilcox, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. Michelle Wilcox

    Michelle Wilcox New Member

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    My husband & I are hoping to cycle a section of the Camino de Santiago in June or July. We live in South Africa.
    We would appreciate suggestions on bicycle hire companies & which section of the route to do.
    We are looking at 7-10 days - cycling 40kms per day
     
  2. TrentonSz

    TrentonSz New Member

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    Hello Mrs. Wilcox and Husband,

    I too plan on cycling the Camino (Frances-in its entirety) in July; however, I have opted to bring my own cyclocross bike. I had considered taking a Tern or Dahon folding bike , but figured my cyclocross bike has the most versatility. I can also use it during other segments of my trip to Spain and Portugal.

    It appears most people use a mountain bike. Although there is some rough road, most appears to be rather smooth gravel and, for this reason, I think my titanium Motobecane Phantom cyclo bike will handle the route well enough with 40c tires and be more efficient.

    There are lots of YouTube videos about cycling the Camino. One bike rental company, Camino Ways, has posted a few videos. Here is a link to one about how it works:

    I hope this helps and I hope to see you guys there!
     
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  3. Patricia Stockton

    Patricia Stockton New Member

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    I am cycling the Camino right now from Leon to SantiGo and I cannot recommend a mountain bike highly enough, there is loads of rubble and gravel and you need very thick wide tyres.
     
  4. Patricia Stockton

    Patricia Stockton New Member

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    I am currently cycling the Camino will be in Santiago tomorrow and I cannot recommend a mountain bike highly enough, the tracks that we are on have loads of gravel and rubble as well as rocks, there are little streams big boulders etc, there is no way I would do it on anything but a mountain bike. We started in Leon so got our bikes from Leon Bike hire, they were great, don't speak a lot of English but Google translator did the job. Please please take a mountain bike
     
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  5. Jenny267

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    Hi Michelle, I will be cycling from Pamplona in September. I looked at bicigrino and Cycling Rentals for hiring a bike. They both do 'Camino Packs of bike, racks, panniers etc and deliver to your starting hotel and either pick up from the end hotel or you deliver to the office. As these bikes are hired out specifically for the Camino I'm expecting them to be suitable lol
    There are other companies as well but I narrowed it down to these two.
    I hope this helps
    Cheers
     
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