Comfort on the Road with
custom VBT Bikes
Comfort and Convenience with VBT’s Custom Bicycles
We provide you with high-quality Fuji hybrid bicycles in step-through or step-over frames. Both have upright handlebars and wider tires for a smooth, stable ride. We also offer Fuji road bikes on select vacations, ideal for performance riding. Features include drop handlebars, STI brake/shift levers, and narrower, high-pressure tires for less rolling resistance. New for 2016, we now offer E-Bikes on select Italy and Vermont trips (see details below). Our Trip Leaders makes sure that your bike is perfectly adjusted for the fit and handling you prefer.
All VBT bicycles include these features:
- Up to 3 styles (on most trips)
- 18 to 27 speeds
- Rapid-fire trigger shifters for hybrids, Shimano STI 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
No extra charge for VBT bicycles!
Fuji Gran Fondo Performance Road Bike
Offered Exclusively on our California Wine Country & the Pacific Coast
and Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike Vacations
Ride on the high-tech Fuji Gran Fondo, with a carbon-fiber frame, Shimano’s smooth Ultegra shifting, and superb Oval Concepts components. This is a great choice for enthusiast cyclists who want high performance with more positioning options.
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Now Available on 14 vacations in 2017
We listened to your suggestions and are pleased to announce that you will now have the option to ride through the stunning landscapes of Italy, Spain, Croatia, California, Vermont and more on an electric-assisted bicycle—or E-bike—which will provide extra support when needed, making for an easier and more comfortable ride. The electric motor is regulated by your pedaling and provides an added boost to your pedal stroke while cycling up hills and responds with less power on flatter terrain. Not only do E-bikes make your ride stress-free but they are also silent, allowing you to enjoy the sights and sounds of your surroundings just as you would on our custom VBT bikes.
Please be advised: You must be at least a beginner cyclist to operate an E-bike. In 2016, our E-bikes are available on our Classic Vermont, Tuscany by the Sea, The Tuscan Coast, Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike, and La Bella Toscana: Lucca, Montecatini and Pisa vacations. In 2017, our E-bikes are available on our Puglia: Italy’s Undiscovered Coast, Cycling Piedmont: Into Italy’s Slow Food Farmland, Tuscany by the Sea, The Tuscan Coast, Tuscan Hill Towns by Bike, Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villages, Italy: Cycling the Dolomite Valleys, Spain: Under the Andalusian Sky, Spain’s Costa Brava: Cycling Dali’s Landscapes, Croatia: The Dalmatian Islands, The Czech Republic, Germany & Austria, Provence: The Alpilles, California Wine Country & the Pacific Coast, and Classic Vermont biking vacations. You must book early to reserve an E-bike as our inventory is very limited, and please note that E-bikes are only available in our two hybrid models—there are no E-bikes with road bike frames. There is no extra charge to reserve an E-bike in 2017.
Click below to watch a brief video about the benefits of E-bikes
Introducing RideWithGPS Bike Routes for 2017
We listened to your feedback and are pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with RideWithGPS to provide downloadable GPS routes for all of our biking tours in Europe and North America in 2017. Simply download the free RidewithGPS app to your smartphone and we’ll send you a link two weeks prior to the tour. You will then be able to download custom VBT maps with route notes right to your phone! This option is in addition to VBT’s traditional printed route notes. Click here to see how it works, read some FAQs and learn how to set up the RidewithGPS app on your phone.
Comfort and Convenience with VBT’s Van Support
We provide you with high-quality Fuji hybrid bicycles in step-through or step-over frames. Both have upright handlebars and wider tires for a smooth, stable ride. We also offer Fuji road bikes on select vacations, ideal for performance riding. Features include drop handlebars, STI brake/shift levers, and narrower, high-pressure tires for less rolling resistance. Our support team makes sure that your bike is perfectly adjusted for the fit and handling you prefer.
Your safety is of utmost concern to your Trip Leaders. They sweep along your route in our VBT support van, ready to assist in any way. Trip Leaders designate pre-arranged pick-up points, but you can simply flag down the van if you’d like to hop aboard. The van is stocked with water and healthful snacks.
A route just right for you
No two cyclists share the same level of fitness and endurance, so our Trip Leaders have designed multiple routes for all levels of cyclists. They’ll go over them with you each day. And if you’d rather take it easy and visit your hotel spa, we’ll help you arrange that, too. We have a vacation just right for every level of activity and fitness.
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 down the van if you feel like hopping aboard. The van is always stocked with water and healthy refreshments, so even if you don’t want a lift, stop us for a cool drink, a fresh orange, or a crunchy granola bar. We carry the bikes on the van roof or in a trailer.