Cycling in Bali is an incredibly rewarding experience, whether you do an organised week-long tour or sneak out early for a one-day ride.
Below we have answered some of the most frequent questions we receive about our Bali cycling tours.
Whose bike am I riding?
In order to be at your most comfortable, we prefer you to bring your own bike. Your bike knows your fit, it knows your moves and the two of you can catapult down a volcano together on instinct.
However, if you like to travel light, are between bikes at the moment or would prefer to see what you can get without your own, we can also assist you with local bike hire with a number of frames and brands to chose from. Prices are very reasonable (about $40 a day) Please bring your own helmet.
After booking, we will also ask you for information such as frame size, seat height and the saddle you use to ensure you’re rolling comfortably at all times. We will also provide you with tips for packing your bike.
Can my partner come?
Yes! If they are cycling then together you make up two of the ten participants on the trip.
Yes! If they are not cycling they can enjoy a reduced fee, full use of all villa facilities and activities, as well as access to the villa driver to go shopping, have a massage or maybe visit a yoga centre while you’re out riding. We’ll also be organising activities such as hiking Mt Batur and rice field walks
How many people will be on my tour?
We have limited numbers for each tour as this is a tailor-made tour designed for you to get the most out of the experience and get to know your fellow riders.
We will cap each tour at 10 participants to ensure your individual needs can be known and met.
Do I have enough cycling experience?
You will need to be able to cover 100-150kms a day, or between 2 and 4 hours in the saddle.
If you don’t have much experience in a group ride that’s okay, just be sure to let us know on your application form, we will give you tips and other riders will support you as you go.
We will also have a follow vehicle available should you want to put your feet up and let someone else do the work.
So saying, it will be some work so you need to be accustomed to riding long distances frequently. Our personal test survey will give us all the information we need to know if this tour is or isn’t right for you- fill it in honestly and see how you go. At the very least this might be the motivation you need to grease up the chain and get your bike out of the garage.
How safe are the roads?
The routes have been carefully chosen to avoid congestion and busy areas, and all routes have been personally driven by our management team. This is in part for safety, and in part for the luxury of having winding roads to yourself. While sometimes traffic can’t be avoided (such as at sunset temples for the most part) if you are uncertain our support bus can get you there almost as quickly.
Routes are continually monitored to ensure roads are of a safe standard.
However, just like when cycling at home, accidents can happen. Please ensure you have adequate insurance cover before commencing your tour and wear your safety gear, your gloves will save the skin on your hands, your helmet can save your life.
In the event anything should happen immediate basic first aid kits are on hand as well as drivers to ensure you get to the best practising hospital in a safe and speedy time frame.
What about free time?
It’s all free time! You are never obligated to partake in any activities in any shape or form.
We will aim to have all rides completed in the morning, and be home by lunchtime to spend the rest of the day relaxing.
There will also be the option of some early evening easy spins to take in some of the sights.
However, while this is a relaxing time away with your bike, rides will start at the designated time each morning and we won’t be waiting for those nursing a sore head.
What are the other costs?
There are no other costs! Once you have paid for your visa in Denpasar, you only need reach into your pockets to pay for souvenir’s & shopping, give tips, or any meals/drinks you choose to have outside the villa.
All activities, rides, ride transport and accommodation is taken care of in the tour fee.
I’m not a climber, is this the right ride for me?
Yes! This ride will suit all types, from the shredded climber to the rouleur.
There will be some climbing, but there are even more breathtaking descents!
Will we do any mountain biking?
The rides we cater for are for road bikes and road riding.
However, if you if you are interested in a mix of styles we can also organise for you to participate in a group mountain bike ride (a full day ride, so you would need to do this on the rest day) with our friends who are specialists in the local MTB scene. Please notify us of your interest at time of booking.
How often do the tours run?
Tour will run monthly, toward the second half of each month. Please check our calendar for future dates.