Are there any restrictions on riding a MTB in Tenerife?

Are there any restrictions on riding a MTB in Tenerife?

Yes, there are some restricted areas as far as mountain bikes are concerned. Mt Teide National park is now a World Heritage area so riding on any of the dirt tracks and trails within that zone is prohibited! If you get caught, you risk a large fine. The closest you can get to seeing the Volcanic crater on a bike is along track number 8 called “El Filo” on this hiking / walking tracks in Tenerife. Note that this particular track is located inside a “terrain of future incorporation”, so it might not be possible in future…

Riding a bicycle on the narrower walking trails / singletrack is also technically prohibited, athough lots of local and foreign riders ignore this rule. (they’re called pistas de senderismo in Spanish)

Is it possible to transport the bikes on public buses?

Is it possible to transport the bikes on public buses?

It is not possible to take the bikes inside the buses with passengers. If you can fit them under the bus, in the cargo hold, then yes you can take them (but that depends on what type of bus it is). Some have very small luggage compartments. I have written more information about this on my forum, here and included some photos of what buses can easily take bicycles on board.

How’s the weather looking at the moment? Will I be ok in shorts and shortsleeve jersey?

How’s the weather looking at the moment? Will I be ok in shorts and shortsleeve jersey?

Be aware that although it’s Tenerife, in the Winter months the mountains are much colder than the coast. Right now it is still quite chilly up there above 1000m. Lengthy ascents will require single layer clothing, short or long sleeve depending on your tolerance to cold weather and also depending if you’re riding in the North or the South. When climbing, your body produces a lot of heat due to the constant excercise, so there is usually no need to wear more than a single lycra base layer. Obviously there is no wind chill experienced either. The best plan is to bring layered clothing and you can always peel it off if you get to hot. Nothing worse than freezing your fingers off though eh?

Like I always say though, at an altitude of ~2000m, frost appears in the morning. Add 30mph wind chill factor onto that plus the fact that you’re not pedalling as much going down hill for an hour and you have a recipe for disaster if you only bring a short sleeve jersey and nothing else. So definitely bring a windproof jacket, arm + leg warmers and preferably long
windproof gloves, if only used for descents from Las Cañadas to sea level.

Keep in mind that it also all depends on what you are used to; I’m an Australian, so I don’t have much tolerance to cold weather plus I’m used to riding in the North, not the South, and it’s usually a little tiny bit colder up this way. Please check the weather page for futher info (temperature forecast and more).

Is the South of Tenerife really sunnier? Does it rain more in the North?

I collected some information about the weather conditions on Tenerife. And about that I am a little anxious because i found some information about the differences between the south and the north of Tenerife. South should be a lot more sun and the north a bigger chance to get al lot of rain more cloudy. What can you tell me abouth the conditions in your neighbourhood?

Personally, I think the difference between the North and South of Tenerife is often exaggerated. I refer you to this link.

Yes it is usually one or two degrees cooler in the North where I live (La Orotava, 450m above sea level). I think the difference between Puerto de la Cruz & Las Americas is even less. But I wouldn’t describe the weather as ‘cold’ here in the North. Not by European standards anyway.

The cloud that people refer to is a thin stratus band that hovers over Aguamansa often between 1200-1500m or so. These are not rain clouds, so no I don’t think it rains more here in the North than in the South. Above that layer, it is always sunny with not a cloud in sight, unless there is a tropical storm brewing (in which case the whole island is affected). Sometimes the weather is even reversed and the South has more clouds than the North!

Do you provide any support for serious mechanical failures?

Do you provide any support for serious mechanical failures?

Good Question.

The bikes are really well maintained and therefore I haven’t had (m)any serious mechanical failures. Three spoke breakages over the last two and a half years. A couple of broken chains. And one broken seatpost. Keep in mind there are 20 bikes in the fleet so that’s not bad going for the total amount of kilometres travelled on all the bikes. [Read more →]

Any MTB trails on the south-side of the island?

Hello
Your website describes trails mostly in the North, any mountainbike trails on the south-side of the island?

Apart from my webpage (which incidently takes a while to load fully), for further information about mountain bike routes in Tenerife I suggest you take a look at these three links in particular:
Swotch (a simple but good information site for MTB trails in the South of Tenerife… also in English)
Pista del Rayo (a fantastic website about discovering Tenerife’s trails with extremely detailed mountainbike ride descriptions and maps… in Spanish)
Freeride MTB (a MTB blog with several great mountainbike rides)

There is also this link which is normally quite a good resource:
MTB Tabai (detailed ride descriptions, but all in spanish and it’s currently offline and/or registration is required)

Do you provide recumbent bikes for hire?

Hi

Do you provide recumbent bikes for hire?

Regards

Hello,

Not at this stage we don’t, no. You are very unlikely to find recumbents for hire anywhere on the island… I have not seen a single recumbent bicycle or tricycle in the three years that I have lived here in Tenerife.

Thanks,
-Leslie

“You got a one way ticket on your last chance ride”

Suicide risk factors, suicide rate, suicide cartoonAccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), someone around the globe commits suicide every 40 seconds. In the year 2000, 815,000 people lost their lives to suicide — more than double the number of people who die as a direct result of armed conflict every year (306,600). For people between the ages of 15 and 44, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death and the sixth leading cause of disability and infirmity worldwide. Source.

World Suicide Rate graphEveryone has usually heard at some point in their lives that one country has the highest suicide rate in Europe or the world. Most people think it is either Finland or Japan. In fact, the Innu people in Canada’s northeastern regions have the highest suicide rate in the world: 178 per 100,000 persons per year. To put this into perspective, Finland has an equivalent suicide rate of 31.7 per 100,000 and Japan 35.6 / 100,000.

Statisitics reveal that, yes, some cultures are more prone to suicide than others. I find this idea morbidly intruiging. Why? Because it means that people can be prone to “losing hope” when placed in different environments. And since cultures are not static but dynamic entities, the implication is that the rate of depression could change in the future. It is my firm belief that NONE of us are completely immune.

The suicide rate immediately following the 1929 stock market crash (October 24th -29th) does not appear to have altered significantly. However, there does appears to be a surge in the suicide rate starting around three months after the onset of the initial stock market crash. That three month delay is the time required for the onset of this condition.

Consider the following information:

Overall, the total population three-year moving average suicide rate peaked in 1927–1929 (18.5 deaths per 100,000 population). After that point, the suicide rate dropped and then stabilised, with slight fluctuations, until 1971–1973 (10.2 deaths per 100,000 population). After 1971–1973, the suicide rate increased again, reaching another peak in 1996–1998 (16.7 deaths per 100,000 population). After this point, the suicide rate declined up until the most recent period, 2001–2003 (14.2 deaths per 100,000 population) by 15.0 percent.

These dates appear to be consistent with the 1929 stock market crash, the 70’s oil crisis, and more recently the dot-com crash. I’m predicting that before the end of this year (2008), the suicide rate will rise again considerably, due in part to the September 2008 global financial crisis.

The majority of my readers are Americans, so I’ve decided to quote some pertinent statistics gathered by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. In the United States of America:

  • There are 89 suicides per day in America. This is equivalent to a suicide rate of 11.05 per 100,000 population.
  • Among young adults ages 15-24 years old, there is 1 suicide for every 100-200 attempts.
  • Males take their own lives at nearly 4 times the rate of females.
  • Among the general population, suicide was the 11th leading cause of death.
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 25-34 year olds and the 3rd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. 
  • Suicide rates among American Indian / Alsaskan Native adolescents and young adults ages 15 – 34 are 1.9 times higher than the national average for that age group.
  • Hispanic female high school students in grades 9-12 reported a higher percentage of suicide attempts (14.9%) than their White non-Hispanic (9.3%) or Black, non-Hispanic (9.8%) counterparts.

I wonder what the possible contributing factors are towards a culture’s suicide rate?

  • A cultural bias towards different stress levels
  • Variations in the amount of physical exercise
  • Access to information about chronic depression
  • Access to adequate mental health services
  • Personal circumstances (finance, etc)

Here are a list of suicide risk factors and warning signs.

Risk factors for suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts are consistent across countries, and include having a mental disorder and being female, younger, less educated, and unmarried. So says new research from a Harvard University professor and the World Health Organization (WHO) World Mental Health Survey Initiative. The study examined both the prevalence and the risk factors for suicide across 17 countries, and is the largest, most representative examination of suicidal behavior ever conducted.

The survey included data from 17 countries: Nigeria, South Africa, Colombia, Mexico, USA, Japan, New Zealand, China, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Ukraine, Israel and Lebanon. A total of 84,850 adults were asked about suicidal behaviors and socio-demographic and psychiatric risk factors.

Previous studies of suicidal behavior have largely relied on smaller, self-selected samples of suicidal individuals, and so it has been unclear how well the results would generalize in different countries around the world. This study is the first to examine the thoughts and behaviors of individuals across numerous, diverse countries.

“Our research suggests that suicidal thoughts and behaviors are more common than one might think, and also that key risk factors for these behaviors are quite consistent across many different countries around the world,” says Nock.

Across the countries included in the study, risk factors for suicidal behavior included female gender, younger age, fewer years of education, unmarried status and the presence of a mental disorder. Additionally, the risk of suicidal thoughts increased sharply during adolescence and young adulthood in every country studied.

The strongest risk factor associated with suicidal thoughts and behaviors were mood disorders in high income countries and impulse control disorders in low- and middle-income countries.

“We often think of suicidal thoughts and behaviors as occurring among people who are depressed, but across all of these countries, we found that it is not just depression that increases the risk of suicidal behaviors – impulse control disorders, substance use disorders, and anxiety disorders all are associated with a significantly higher risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts,” says Nock.

In fact, this study showed that among people with suicidal thoughts, the risk of making an attempt was highest not among those with a mood disorder, but in those with substance abuse and impulse-control disorders, suggesting that these disorders are most strongly associated with acting on suicidal thoughts when they are present.

Suicide is a leading cause of death worldwide, but information on its prevalence and risk factors is unavailable in many countries, particularly in those that are less developed. Currently, resources devoted to the treatment of mental disorders and to suicide prevention are lacking in many countries. Further research could help to explain the differences in prevalence of suicide thoughts across different countries, Nock says.

What are the road conditions like in the South of Tenerife?

What are the road conditions like in the South of Tenerife?

Firstly, for general information about the condition of roads in Tenerife, take a look at this page.

Regarding quality of road surfaces, I’ve heard conflicting reports about roads in the South. Honestly I haven’t had time to explore all the roads in that region, especially the ones around El Medano and Granadilla. I tend to go as far as Vilaflor or Masca and that’s it. I can tell you to stay away from road TF38 that goes between Boca del Tauce & Chio. It’s badly in need of resurfacing, but it’s perfectly okay for a MTB! It’s best to look on the forum for other roads to avoid in Tenerife.

As you can see from this map, there are many roads in the South of Tenerife. The road surface between Granadilla and Vilaflor is excellent, but I’m not always sure what route people take to get there from the coast! I usually make a point of asking, but it’s frustrating, because people don’t always know exactly where they went. Obviously it’s in my best interests to find out asap. I’d love to explore them all, but these days I’m pretty busy with marketing & whatnot to go and explore much. Of course if I’m made aware of any other roads to avoid by my clients and other cyclists, I’ll be sure to update this.

I generally suggest that people stay in either El Puerto, Garachico, Los Gigantes or La Orotava instead of the Los Christianos / Las Americas region. Partly because they’re nicer resorts. But also because you can expect traffic around the major resorts.

Both videos I made were filmed entirely in the North. You’ll find the best roads of all in the Anaga region. But it really isn’t very easy to get to…

Thanks,

Leslie.

Are the bikes covered in case of a fall/crash/accident?

Can I ask you more about the rent. Is bike covered in case of a fall/crash/accident? In real world this happens from time to time. I am sure this bike is worth a few quid, just Mavic Axiums alone probably cost 200-300. I would hate to scratch the bike and the be anxious about the consequences. Have you got a a solution?

Hello,

The bike is not insured for those kinds of accidents, no. You need to pay a security deposit of €150 to rent the bike. The idea of that is that you will take a lot more care of the bike if you have just payed close to €300.

If you crash and cause damage yourself, in theory you would lose the deposit. If you read the fine print, most places will charge you for the full replacement value of the bike.

In the case of a serious accident, I imagine the biggest cost to you would be the hospital medical bill, not the bike. I think the UK has a reciprocal health arrangement with Spain (I am unsure of other countries?). If you are worried, you should definitely get yourself travel insurance and make sure that sporting activities in particular ‘cycling’ are covered in their policy.

Remember to take care on the roads, especially on the descents. Trucks & buses commonly go to the other side of the road around corners (they have to because sometimes there is no space for them to make the turn) so don’t ride close to the central road marking unless you can see there are no vehicles coming. I check the bikes personally each time they are rented so they are in mechanically A1 condition. Steering + brakes, gears, wheels and tyres. [Read more →]

Group bike rental enquiry in Los Christianos

Hi,

Thank you for your quick and detailed reply. We would most likely be looking to hire 10 racing bikes for 3 days between the 3rd and 10th of Feb I am not too sure of sizes yet but what sizes do you have avaliable? How much could you do 10 bikes over 3 days for?….and would we be able to keep them over night?…as ideally during a training camp we would like to ride early morning!

On a practical note, how far away are you from Los Cristianos/Las Americas? Is it practical to hire from you if you are far away? Finally…How easy and expensive would it be to deliver the bikes?..because we havent arranged any transport.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Hello Jonathan,

Yes you can keep them overnight. Assuming 10 bikes, here’s my discounted prices:

• 10 bikes for 3 consecutive days will cost €525 (= €17.50/day per bike).
• 4 consecutive days for €17/day
• 5 consecutive days for €16/day
• 1 week for €14/day per bike
• other rates on request.

It is no problem to deliver anywhere on the island! Directly to your hotel. That’s what we do! Delivery/pickup will cost an extra ~90€ for that many bikes – basically we have to hire a big van for a day, at least ’til we get one of our own (then the standard delivery/pickup fee of €36 applies to Los Cristianos).

We have sizes from 46 – 61cm in road bikes and 14 – 21″ in mountain bikes. It’s best to give me the sizes you need, and I’ll see what I can supply. But just a question: have you thought about staying in the North? Better roads, and better rides than the South!!

Can you provide more details about the training camp? I’m also happy to advise you with the logistics of such a big group of bikes… i.e. it might be better for you to hire some mini vans, and transport the bikes separately to your riders.

Please do get back to me with those sizes – the sooner the better. We do appreciate your business,

Thanks very much, and hope to hear from you again soon!
Leslie.

Where is the best location on the Island for us to stay?

I’ve just found this blog (very useful!) and I am in a similar position to this person, but wanted to make sure i’ve got this right:

Just to clarify, me and my girlfriend would like to have a (road) cycling holiday in Tenerife during the last fortnight in March. As well as cycling we also enjoy walking/fell running and swimming.

Could you please suggest where in your opinion is the best location on the Island for us to stay? and whether the weather is likely to be decent during that period? (we usually go to mallorca for our cycling but we figured it’s time for a change!)

Thanks in advance!

I might be biased but think Puerto de la Cruz is probably the most scenic resort & also offers the best access to different parts of the island for both road and mountainbiking. The downhill mountain bike scene is already quite big here and is getting more popular all the time. As far as road cycling goes, the main climb to Izaña / El Portillo / Las Cañadas is exceptional, either via TF21 (preferably starting in La Orotava) or TF24 (starting in La Esperanza).

There are fantastic views of Mt Teide from all along the North coast and there are direct bus services to all the major places including the capital Santa Cruz, La Orotava, Las Americas, Los Cristianos and Los Gigantes. It has a lot of restaurants to choose from, black volcanic sand beaches and other tourist attractions… obviously it’s also more convenient for me to deliver rental bikes around this region too.

In Summer, the temperatures experienced in the North of Tenerife are usually a few degrees cooler than in the South. A lot of people [particularly the English] think that the North is always cloudier than the South. Yes there is often a thin stratus cloud band between about 1200-1500m altitude, but like the main website says, it’s always sunny above this layer (unless there is a snow storm). The most affected zone is just below Aguamansa. The reason for this is that the La Orotava valley traps clouds because of the steep sides at each end (above Icod el Alto / La Corona on the western side and Pino Alto / La Florida / Pinoleris on the eastern side). The upside of this is that it also makes it greener and more beautiful. Looking down on it from above is certainly a sight to behold. Although it’s not always true, because as I write, there is a beautiful sunny blue sky here in Los Pinos and zero cloud. Puerto de la Cruz juts out from the coast further into the ocean and is not affected as much; it’s one of the sunniest places along the North coast of Tenerife.

Having said that, all places have their advantages and disadvantages. For instance, Los Gigantes is a very cosy nice little resort located right alongside beautiful 500m sea cliffs. It’s closer to Masca but unfortunately it is really too far away to explore Anaga. Be aware that the road leading out of Los Gigantes up to Santiago del Teide is also steeper than most at around 6.5% gradient. The road TF38 to the base of Mt Teide is quiet and has few cars but is really in need of resurfacing so is more suitable for mountain bikes.

Las Americas is often sunnier than the other resorts but the terrain is a less interesting compared to the North of Tenerife. The road from Granadilla de Abona to Vilaflor and beyond is not to be missed. Unfortunately, it also has the reputation for lager louts, so if you’re looking for a more authentic place, the North of the island is probably a better choice to stay. If you’re seeking a quieter cycling holiday, be aware that there are also many small villas dotted around Tenerife.

La Laguna & Santa Cruz are the best places to stay if you want to see the Anaga mountain range. The appearance of fog is normal in the the Anaga mountains between about 800 – 1000m altitude.

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Spirulina under the micrscope.Spirulina is a microscopic freshwater plant that grows in America, Mexico and Central Africa. Spirulina contains an unusually high amount of protein, between 55% and 77% by dry weight, depending upon the source.

It contains more bio-chelated organic iron than any other whole-food. Bio-chelated means that the iron will easily be assimilated into the body. Spirulina has 58 times the iron of raw spinach and 28 times that of raw beef liver. [Read more →]

Do we have to pick up the bikes somewhere or do you deliver the bikes?

Hello,

We are coming up to Tenerife for 1 week with 3 persons and would like to rent road bikes for the week. (last week of january 2008)

I saw most of the information on your website (very nice site, by the way). But I have a question concernig how to get the bikes as we will stay near to Puerto de la Cruz. This is important to know which kind of car we have to rent.

Do we have to pick up the bikes somewhere or do you deliver the bikes ?

sincerely yours

Hello,

Thanks for the compliment about the site; I have worked very hard on it.

Yes we can deliver the bikes to any hotel in Puerto de la Cruz for no extra – that is no problem!

Thank very much,
Leslie.

Riding from El Puerto to Los Cristianos

Hi there,

I have recently moved to Tenerife and I am living and working in Puerto de la Cruz as a teacher. My partner and I are interested in taking up cycling and were thinking of doing a cycling trip over the half-term holidays (first week in November). We have 10 days and thought about cycling from Puerto de la Cruz to Los Cristianos and maybe taking the ferry over to La Gomera for a few days of walking.

We do not have much cycling experience so this might be an impossible challenge for us – saying that we are both 31 and reasonably fit (at the minute I do two or three 1hr spinning sessions a week).

I was just wondering if you could offer us some advice – would this be impossible to do, which route would be best to take and do you recommend any maps that give good information about the island.

Don’t think we would be fit enough to join any of your cycling tours just yet but maybe in the future!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated

Kind regards

Hello,

There are a few routes to get to the South, and no it wouldn’t impossible – just think of it as a huge challenge!!!

The most direct route to take would be straight over the top, via TF21. That involves a continuous climb up to 2300m over a distance of 35km! That should take about 3-4 hours or so if you are reasonably fit. Provided you have a bike with appropriate gearing, it’s pretty much a constant 5% gradient, which is easy enough (just very, very persistent).

Age has nothing to do with it, because I’ve even cycled up there with a 62 year old lady!! (I’ve recently turned 31). Keep in mind though, there’s almost no respite, so you’ll be pedalling continuously uphill for at least 3 hours. If you can, start from Aguamansa!! That’s already half way up, and you cut out the traffic around Puerto & La Orotava.

After the climb, it’s down into the crater, up out the other side, and down down down past Vilaflor, then further down all the way to the coast. Keep in mind that the qaulity of road TF51 between Vilaflor and La Longuera isn’t very good. Also stay away from the road that goes from Boca del Tauce to Santiago del Teide, because it needs resurfacing, and isn’t that suitable for road bikes.

What I can say is that you should definitely forget attempting to do the return journey in a single day (for example, El Puerto to Vilaflor, then back to El Puerto). I would also forget the road that goes through La Esperanza (although it’s very scenic, the climb is even longer & mentally tougher!!!). The other way would be to go via Icod/Garachico, El Tanque, Santiago del Teide, etc… but it’s longer and still involves a lot of undulating hills which add up just the same (they can actually be worse than a continuous climb if you’re not used to it). [Read more →]

Tandem bicycle rental | Hire a tandem bike in Tenerife

Hi Leslie

I’m really a tandem rider but my new wife is not a cyclist. However I’d like to try taking her on a tandem along the sea front one day while we’re in Tenerife. Are tandems available for hire in Playa do you know, or for hire in Tenerife generally? When I’ve been over in Tenerife with my late wife we took our folding Tandem Two’sDay with us but I no longer have this tandem and in any event it wouldn’t be worth it just for one day!

We are coming to Tenerife for a couple of months – possible Jan / Feb and I would like to hire a tandem (non – racing). I am aware from your web site that this may not be part of your stock but could you advise us on this. My partner is quite small in stature and she has not learnt to cycle – hence the tandem.

Regards

Hello tandemers!

Well I’ve now had three enquiries regarding Tandems in the last month or so, so I’m starting to sit up & take notice!

I don’t have any tandems for rent, and I’m almost certain that no one else on the island does either. I’m not even aware of any shops on Tenerife that sell tandems. You might find it to pretty darn tough going with all the hills about. Although going downhill would certainly be a blast an a half!!! If I get more enquires I’ll look into it for late 2009, but at this stage I’m still augmenting the normal road bike fleet.

Tandem rentals were never something I would have thought of previously, but I think it could be a definite future possibility. I’ve noticed that I get a lot of couples enquiring about two bikes who obviously want to ride together… often very mis-matched sizes (latest example: man needs 60cm frame, women goes with 49cm). I suppose it’s not something they might have thought of ever trying out. And I’d certainly like to have a go with my fiancé who is a bit on the clumsy side. hahaha

Folks, I don’t want to get your hopes up for summer 2009, but I’d like to get your feedback on a few things regarding tandems: [Read more →]

Road bike hire for one day.

I’d like to hire a road bike, just for one day to climb Mt.Teide starting from Costa Adeje. I would need the bike to be delivered to the Bahia Principe hotel on 10/19/07 so that I can start early on 10/20/07. Hopefully I’ll be finished in time for collection that afternoon/evening but you never know!

If this sounds acceptable, I\’d be grateful if you would reply with an approximate price and what I need to do next.

Regards,

I’d love to help you out, but for just one day it’s not economical for us to deliver the bike (we’re located an hour away from Costa Adeje), unless you’re willing to pay a premium for that service. For that reason we stipulate a 3-day minimum for deliveries to the South.

If you’re prepared to come and pick the bike up (normally people hire a car), I can send you directions + a map & we can certainly help you out. For what it’s worth, the ride up is probably nicer from this side of the island, starting in La Orotava.

It’s €30 for one day bike rental & you won’t find better bikes than ours in Tenerife!

Thanks,
Leslie.

Can I keep a rental bike overnight?

Hello could you help me with some more information Re. cycle hire. I need to tie up any loose ends and secure loan of bike before booking for Christmas holiday in Tenerife as the cycling would be main priority of holiday. I need to know if the bikes are delivered and picked up on a day to day basis or can I retain one for 7-10 days provided I can find secure accomodation.

Yes you can keep the bike for the entire duration of the rental period. You do not need to return it every single day…

Can I start all the rides in Puerto de la Cruz? Is a rental car needed to make the most of my cycling holiday?

From looking at the route maps, it looks like most all the rides could start and end in Puerto de la Cruz. Is a rental car needed to meet you for any rides or can you get by without one most of the time? I might want to rent a car for a few days to drive to other parts of the island for sightseeing.

Congratulations on Cadel Evans making the podium in the Tour. I am a big fan of Robbie McEwen, he is spunky. Here on the US race circuit one of the guys I cheer for is Nathan O’Neill, he is a very smart and funny guy.

I enjoy your blog as well, thanks for sharing all the information.

Thanks,

Yes I think it’s a good idea to hire a car, at least for a couple of days. It’s not absolutely 100% necessary, but it allows you to make the most of your cycling vacation. The rides could start & end in El Puerto without one but there are a few things to consider: [Read more →]

Bike Hire in Golf del Sur?

Hi

I am coming to Tenerife for a holiday on Friday 21st Sept, and would like to hire a road bike for attempting to cycle up Teide. We are staying in Golf del Sur, so it would be quite a trek to get across the Island to your location. Is it possible to pick up a bike, and at which times of day can this be done?

I am thinking of renting for 3 days – 24th to 26th Sept. I currently ride a 56cm Cannondale frame, but have also a 54cm frame. I have standard spd shoes, and can bring pedals, although if you have some available it would be easier for me to rent them as well.

Alternatively, as it is a long way to come to pick up a bike, and my wife is not too keen on the chauferring duties, is there any competitor that you can suggest, who is a little closer to Golf del Sur, where I can rent a bike? (Sorry – that’s a bit cheeky, but I had to ask)

Finally, if you have something available for those dates, how much would it cost (and how many bottle cages does it have) ?

best regards

While www.Tenerife-Training.net prides itself on being “the best source of info regarding cycling in Tenerife on the net”… the only thing that keeps us going is bike hire. I work extemely hard to make it easy for people to find me and rent one or more of my bikes. It doesn’t make economic sense to give away my competitors contact details, unless I’m in a position where I can’t profit by it (eg: I don’t have any bikes available, which isn’t the case).

We’re a family run business, and while I’m an Australian, the profit stays within a Canarian family. If you want to support us, you’ll make the effort & come and pick up a bike. Alternatively, we have a pickup and delivery service which can be arranged as there are no places to rent road bikes in Golf del Sur.

We have a 55cm Hasa full carbon monocoque road bike that you can rent for 85 Euros for the 3 days. 2 bottle cages with 750ml bottles can be supplied. Normally people come in the morning or afternoon, but you can come whatever time you like, provided you let us know in advance. I can send you the detailed directions + map.