biking with rental bikes in provence

My husband and I will have 6 days there and wonder about some easy bike routes for me and more challenging for him. Perfer one central location/base.

Posted by Adam
Boston
2628 posts

There are books and sources online, but your very best resource will probably be the person from whom you rent your bicycles. Nothing beats local knowledge. Bring a good map and let him or her mark it up for you.

The best bikes you are likely to find are VTTs--what we would call a hybrid, with upright handlebars, thick tires, and many gears. Road bikes are hard to rent in France. The VTTs do very well on dirt paths, hills, and cobblestones.

For a base, you probably want to be someplace in the Rhone valley or flat lands around it, not up in the hills. That way your husband can choose more-challenging terrain but you won't have to. I would think Arles or San Remy would make a fine base, but there are many other possiblities. For a six-day stay you might find an agreeable rental (I mean, a place to stay) almost anywhere.