Bike rental in Chania, Crete
Morris Cat Posts: 26
edited September 2019 in Road general
Does anyone have any recommendations for bike hire in Chania... be interested in route suggestions too? Only have a couple of days during the family holiday, circa 80 miles/day with some climbs. Thanks.
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It maybe of use. You may be lucky to get something nice though as cycling is really not very popular in Greece or Crete. On my 8 day tour I saw no other cyclists and not many cars. I did come across a good cycle shop in Rethymnon but sadly can't recall the name.
One word of warning Crete is seriously mountainous and can be very windy as well as hot.
Are you staying in Chania itself or somewhere in the area ? There is bike hire available but mostly of hard tail MTBs, in fact a lot of car hire companies also rent out bikes by the day. Road bike hire is a lot more limited but there are a few places that do them. The MTBs are usually decent brands, one of our local hire places does Bianchis, I'm not sure how well they a maintained though!!.This type of bike is more popular as they do take a fair bit of abuse here both from tourists and from the 'inconsistent' road surfaces.
As mentioned above it is very hilly and hot(37 degrees yesterday), but if you're sensible with hydration and used to hills you shouldn't have to much problem.
If you're aiming for 80 miles or so a day you'll get to see a fair bit of Western Crete as in places its only about 30 miles N to S.
One word of warning, if you're coming out July/August, the locals are pretty good with cyclists, it's the tourists in hire cars that you have to watch!!
Have mapped a couple of routes and used to climbing so would be interested in any route suggestions, the road up to Omalos looked ok on google maps (probably 2004?!). Basically the highest road climb I can get to from Chania would be good? We are there in early Sept. Really appreciate your help.
The road out to Omalos is another good one and there's probably more chance of being able to do a circuit round that area.
I definitely don't know of anyone that does road bikes in the Almyrida area, but I'll do some asking in the next couple of weeks to see what I can find out. Just as a matter of interest what size bike do you ride?
I hope you'll like Almyrida, it's got a great beach and swimming and loads of good places to eat.
How did it pan out?
I'm heading to Chania on a business summit in October, but we normally get a few hours every afternoon for recreation.
Any decent road bike rental places there?