How much is it to hire a bike with Cycling the Camino?
The final price will depend on various factors, like the length of the hiring period (lengthier bookings result in cheaper daily costs), the amount of bikes hired (more bikes, cheaper unit cost), the number of additional accessories selected (panniers, helmets, etc.) and your journey’s starting point, i.e., Spain, Portugal or St. Jean Pied de Port (France).
Are your bikes suitable to cycle the Camino?
Our state-of-the-art bikes are the perfect choice to do it. Currently, our available range includes bikes equipped with 27 or 20 gears, disc brakes, front suspension 27.5" and 29" wheels (see pictures). Both choices feature aluminium frames and all parts are Shimano-made.
What standard equipment is included in the final hiring price?
Customarily, each bike comes with a pannier rack, bottle holder, bell, (front and rear) lights, safety retroreflectors (in winter) and a bicycle lock. Additionally, the panier rack incorporates a tool kit containing: an extra tube, pump, bike multi-purpose key, pedals key, tyre levers and a map featuring our location in Santiago de Compostela.
What are your shipping charges?
Our offices are located in Santiago de Compostela, from where we can ship our bikes to mainland Spain (35€/bike), Portugal (37€/bike) and France (65€/bike). We operate in partnership with SEUR and CORREOS, the market-leaders courier company in Spain, so that you can have your chosen bike conveniently delivered to your hotel on the day before your journey is due to start (deliveries before 7 pm). Alternatively, if you are not planning to spend the previous night in rented accommodation, you can avail of the option of collecting your bike at any of the SEUR or CORREOS premises nationwide at no added cost (closed on Saturday evenings, Sundays and bank holidays).
Where is your drop-off point located??
Congratulations!! You have finally arrived at Santiago de Compostela!! Take a well-earned break, enjoy the sights, soak up the atmosphere as you wander around, bask in the feeling of a job well done and when you are ready, please take a moment to return your bike. Our drop-off point is located at our Head Office, but worry not, since we're conveniently located in Santiago’s city centre, just a short walk away from the Cathedral. For your convenience, a map showing the location of our offices is included in the customary tool kit that comes with every bike rental.
We DO NOT ask for a deposit. We have the utmost trust in our customers and we are confident that they will take good care of the bike and equipment.
In the unlikely event that your bike is lost or stolen (even though it has never happened in all the years we have been in business) you will be charged a standard fine of €350 for MTB 27 gears, 450€ for MTB on 20 gears and 1.500€ for Ebike, to the credit card used at the time of booking.
Also available to rent:
- Ortlieb Panniers: €5/day
- Ortlieb fully-detachable handlebar bag: €4/day
- Panniers -non waterproof-: €3/day
- Fully-detachable handlebar bag: €2.50/day
- Helmet: €1/day
- Strapless toe clips: €1/day
- Gel pad for saddle: €1/day
- GoPro cam: €12/day
- First Aid kit (purchase): €12
How do you ship your bikes?
We use fit-for-purpose packing cases to ship your chosen bicycle and any other additional equipment you may have included in your booking. The only thing you will need to do upon receipt is to screw the pedals on and re-align the handlebar. It’s extremely easy and needless to say, we will provide you with the proper key to do so as well as a step-by-step guide detailing how to do it.
Prior to shipping, all our bikes go through a rigorous inspection and maintenance process, which includes cleaning, mending, oiling and safety checking. We always encourage our customers to keep the bike clean in order to get the maximum efficiency out of it day after day while on the road.
If you come across mud on the Camino, our top tip to maximize the bike’s performance is to wash it off at the end of each day with just water and then let it dry. Please DO NOT apply oil before cleaning the bike or on top of a mud layer.
What happens if I have a problem with my bike on the Camino?
It is extremely unlikely, but accidents do happen. Nonetheless, we are here to help, so please, call us on +34 881 97 99 62 and we will pull out all the stops to find a repair centre close to you. We will contact the repairing personnel on your behalf and explain to them what the problem is (removing the language barrier). Please note that it will be your responsibility to pay any costs that may arise from the repair process. Should this be the case, always ask for a detailed invoice, inclusive of VAT tax (called IVA in Spanish).
Can I hire a bike even though I’m not planning on reaching Santiago?
Yes, of course. We can send or collect bikes from anywhere in mainland Spain or Portugal. For example, if you are thinking about starting out your journey in Pamplona and finishing it in Leon, your shipping charges will add up to 70€ (35€ for delivery plus another 35€ for collection). This is as opposed to the most common scenario, i.e., you finish your journey in Santiago, in which case there is no extra charge for collection, you can simply drop your bike off at our premises for free.
Can you send my chosen bikes to my hostel, albergue or Airbnb?
Yes, no problem, in fact that would be the most common occurrence.
We always deliver our bikes on the day before your journey is due to start. Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with an exact delivery time, but rest assured that your bike will definitively be at the hotel of your choice before 7 pm.
We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that that it is your responsability to inform the hotel about the arrival of the bike.
Regarding delivery practices, our partner courier company SEUR will be more than happy to deliver bicycles and other equipment to any private accommodation rented through Airbnb or similar sites. However, customers should bear in mind that our bicycles & equipment are always delivered on the day before the actual start of the booking period; hence the customer in whose name the bicycle is booked must be present at the specified delivery address on the previous day to accept delivery of the bicycle (and sign the delivery docket).
If the customer in whose name the bicycle is booked cannot be present at the specified delivery address to receive the shipment, their only other option would be to collect the shipment in person at the local SEUR or CORREOS office. Please be advised that SEUR and CORREOS offices are closed Saturday evenings, Sundays and bank holidays.
Furthermore, in the case of Airbnb accommodation (or similar) and for booking periods starting on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday, delivery will take place on the previous Friday.
Lastly, SEUR and CORREOS couriers are currently unable to accommodate specific delivery times or phone customers in advance. Also, couriers will deliver the bicycles and any other equipment to the ground floor only. If the bicycles need to be delivered to an upper storey, the customer will need to arrange this separately.
If you are not planning to avail of rented accommodation, you could instead pick up your bike at any of the SEUR and CORREOS depots -our partner courier company- nationwide. Although please be aware that in the case of big towns and large cities, the said depots tend to be located within the industrial states found in the outskirts.
Diferences between Asisstance and Full Assistance service?
Assistance what's included (1€/day/bike):
- Assistance in place
- Fixing (if possible)
- Transfer to garage of breakdown bike (working hours)
- Transfer to pick up point again (if required)
- Time of transfer (less than an hour)
Assitance what's not:
- Replacement parts
- Replacement a flat tyre
- Replacement bike
FULL ASSISTANCE what's included (30€/bike):
- Assistance in place
- Fixing (if possible)
- Transfer to garage (working hours)
- Transfer to pick up point again (if required)
- Replacement parts (not flat tyre)
- Replacement bike (just in case, next day*)
*Need to know before 5:00 pm and delivery service next day before 1:30 pm (not weekend or holidays available).
What do i need to know?
- Put the pedals on the right side (R -green- and L -orange-)
- Turn de handlebar right (fork on the front)
- Fix a flat tyre, change the tube
Which is my size on your 27.5" MTB bikes?
- Size S (40 cms = 15.5"): 1.50m -> 1,65m
- Size M (44 cms = 17"): 1,66m -> 1,75m
- Size L (48 cms = 19"): 1,76m -> 1,86m
- Size XL (52 cms = 21"): 1,87m -> 1,95m
- Size XXL (57 cms = 23"): 1,96m -> 2,05m
Which is my size on your 29" MTB bikes?
- Size S (40 cms = 15.5"): 1.55m -> 1,70m
- Size M (44 cms = 17"): 1,71m -> 1,80m
- Size L (48 cms = 19"): 1,81m -> 1,93m
What daily mileage should I attempt?
It mainly depends on your fitness level. Cycling pilgrims usually average 50-70 kms a day, but please bear in mind that every day is different and the Camino is hard, and as such it shouldn’t be approached as a scenic route.
The daily time you should spend on your bike depends very much on the freshness of both your mind and legs and also the changing weather conditions (rain, wind, etc.).
The average journey duration to reach Santiago de Compostela travelling along the French Way is 17 days from St. Jean Pied de Port (France), 15 days from Roncesvalles, 13 days from Pamplona, 11 days from Logroño, 9 days from Burgos, 7 days from Leon, 6 days from Astorga and 5 days from Ponferrada.
Following the Portuguese Way, it will take an average of 10 days to reach Santiago from Lisbon (Portugal) and 6 days from Porto (Portugal).
On the Northern Way, the average journey duration is 13 days from San Sebastian, 11 days from Bilbao, 9 days from Santander, 7 days from Oviedo and 4 days from Ribadeo.
Using the Silver Route, roughly 14 days from Seville to Santiago, 10 days from Caceres, 8 days from Salamanca and 7 days from Zamora.