On Sun, 14 Oct 2007 10:56:38 -0700, in rec.bicycles.tech mtb Dad
>Not sure if this belongs in rec.misc?
>Thinking of a family cycling holiday in Dorset/Devon UK next summer.
>I'm looking at costs of flying bikes over vs renting there. We would
>need light touring bikes, triples, with light baggage racks, for two
>***s and two pre***s, preferably tiagra quality or higher. Any
We ride tandem and usually rent as opposed to shipping a bike. I have
found that, in the US, anyway, I generally get very poor equipment.
My worst story is from Chicago where I reserved a high-quality tandem
only to learn that all they had was a very cheap piece of junk. After
two hours, we took it back and they wanted to charge me the two-day
rental. They threatened to call the police, so I paid and charged
fraud to the credit card company... they finally settled for $36
(+tax) for less than two hours on a piece of s**t bike.
I have had better luck in Europe. The 600 lb gorillia of the bicycle
rental business is liability insurance. Try to find a shop that
doesn't do rentals and make an offerwith a waiver. It has never
worked, but it sounds like a good idea.