Comfort on the Road--Bicycling
Van Support and Custom Bicycles ensure a smooth ride
Whether you are an avid cyclist or a weekend rider, you’ll always feel safe, comfortable and confident as you cycle the world with VBT.
“Tuscany by the Sea was accurately described (easy/moderate) ... The tour guides were fabulous ... Their support throughout the trip was exemplary! … We felt safe on the road because the routes were expertly chosen and the maps and cue sheets were accurate and easy to follow. What a way to see Italy!”
- Debbie L., Tuscany by the Sea
Your included VBT bicycle
You’ll ride a bike that has been outfitted to offer the most comfortable ride. We include the use of this bike in your program cost to eliminate the expense and aggravation of disassembling and shipping your own bike, and to avoid possible damage to it in transit. Your VBT bicycle will be ready to ride, having been maintained by our own local staff.
Diamond hybrid with upright handlebars (Step-over)
Mixte hybrid with upright handlebars (Step-through)
Road bike with drop handlebars
We’ll help you choose the bike that’s right for you
We provide performance hybrids in two frames styles, mixte hybrid and diamond hybrid, both offer upright handlebars and wider tires for stability and smoothness. Diamond hybrids have step-over frames. If you prefer a step-through frame, choose a mixte hybrid. We also offer road bikes, which are ideal for performance riding (available on select vacations). Features include diamond frames, drop handlebars, STI brake/shift levers and narrower, higher pressure tires for less rolling resistance.
All VBT bicycles include these features:
- Up to 3 styles (in most locations)
- 18 to 27 speeds
- Trigger or twist shifters for hybrids, brake/shift levers for road bikes
- Lightweight micro-shell bike helmet
- Complimentary VBT water bottle
- Rear rack
- Detachable rear rack bag with safety reflector
- Map case
Support Vehicles at Your Service
One of your Trip Leaders will be making sweeps along your route with our outfitted VBT support van, ready to assist in any way. Trip Leaders will designate pre-arranged pick-up points, and you can always flag the van down if you feel like hopping aboard. The van is always stocked with water and refreshments, so even if you don’t want a lift, stop us for a cool drink, a fresh orange or a crunchy granola bar. Our bikes are carried in trailers or on the roof.
VBT Bicycling Vacation Rating System
Every VBT vacation is designed to meet a wide variety of fitness levels of our guest. Each day offers multiple mileage options and times of your choice. Should you find that your pace differs from one day to the next, or from that of your traveling companion(s), there will always be a suitable route option.
Easy: Perfect for those trying a bike vacation for the first time.
• Average daily mileage: 15-35
• Average cycling time: Up to 4 hours
Easy to Moderate: Ideal for energetic beginners to more experienced riders.
• Average daily mileage: 20–40
• Average cycling time: Up to 5 hours
Moderate to Advanced: Terrain includes more hills. Longer distance options can be
very rewarding for those who cycle regularly.
• Average daily mileage: 25-60
• Average cycling time: Up to 6 hours