For anyone wanting to get out and see the Chianti, a bike is one of the best ways to travel. Sure there are hills. But there’s no better way or more thrilling way to travel them than on two wheels. And there’s no better way to organise that trip, than with On The Road in Chianti.
Based in the scenic town of San Casciano Val di Pesa, On the Road in Chianti offer bike rentals and tours that suit everyone from the serious expert to the Sunday biker. They can organise tours for you based on your age, skill and number of participants. And they’ve already earned themselves a name as one of the most professional and friendly outfits in the area.
Want them to organise a tailor made tour of the Chianti area for you, with a wine tasting thrown in? They’ll do it. Want them to deliver you a top-spec full carbon road bike to the door of your agriturismo and give you a map and a Tom-Tom. They’ll do that too. What’s more they’ve got bikes for every level of rider.
They can hook you up with everything from a full carbon road bike, to mountain bikes. They even have electric bikes for those that find the uphills are too much uphill. And through they are serious gearheads, these guys are not all about the bikes: says the owner Alessio: “We are all about trying to give people an authentic experience in Tuscany. We know cycling. We know the territory. And we just love showing people the Chianti.”
For those that want to do a self-guided tour, Alessio and Simona can provide suggested itineraries that take in the best parts of the surrounding area and show you the perfect places to stop and eat. They’ll advise you on the ease/difficulty of the route and make sure your bike is prepped to your specifications before you leave. We loved the idea of the Eroica trip that travels the same route as the eponymous vintage cycle tour.
But if you want a more personal experience, opt for one of their organised tours of the Chianti, Crete Senesi or the so-called Road to Florence. Alessio’s charm and friendliness make the whole day one to remember, and as you ride from one town to the next watching the hills and valleys slowly revealing their secrets to you, the only thing you’ll have to worry about is which tour to take the next day.
Photos: courtesy of On the Road in Chianti official site.
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