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“Bike lovers...don't pas by”
Review of Florence by Bike

Florence by Bike
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Chianti Bike Tour
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

This is by far the best bike shop in Florence for service and for a vast range of clothing which is different from normal UK websites....I return back here every year and am never disappointed. They've now moved to new premises just down from their original location and this has only improved things. It's always a joy trying on winter tights in >40C.....thankfully the staff are very knowledgable and patient.

Thank Douglas S
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

I am a avid cyclist/triathlete. The weekend before my visit to Florence I did an off road triathlon in Scanno, Italy. When I searched for bike rental opportunities for riding through Tuscany, Florence by Bike caught my eye. I sent an email and Lia helped me set up the reservation, which was easy and done through PayPal, in my case.

My apartment was near the Arno River so it took about 15 minutes to walk to the shop. This was not a problem since there were many bars(cafés) on the way to grab some fuel and espresso before my ride.

When I arrived Lia helped me finish brief paperwork, confirmed my payment, and a bike was almost ready for me to take. I brought my own pedals and shoes to make things a little more comfortable. The frame size was perfect, because they ask you for height/inseam during the reservation process, and I only had to adjust the saddle height a couple of times. They provided me with a helmet, water bottles, seat bag, and basic flat repair. I was impressed with the quality of the Wilier Trestina frame.

Lia recommended some locations to go to. I chose a more hilly route up to and passed Fiesole. I ended up using my iPhone to help navigate and didn't follow exact route recommended. If you're used to riding in city traffic (I'm from San Francisco) nothing is intimidating on the way out. Once away from Florence, the roads were quiet and smooth!

I highly recommend Florence by Bike. If you are a strong cyclist, head up passed Fiesole. It was part of the Giro di'Italia and the roads are still marked with some of the top riders names, very exciting. I only had 2 hours to ride but that was long enough for me to find some great roads.

Thanks for the great experience!

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Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

I've rented from Florence by bike before years ago. My email interaction was good with Ria but when I got to the shop, the shop guys did not know about my reservation. The Willier bikes were quite good even though they were a bit dirty and banged up. Upon returning the bikes, the shop guy inspected both bikes in front of me for dings or damage for quite a while which didn't make me feel that great. Bikes were good but wished my experience was better.

1  Thank Jeff T
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Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

The name of the shop almost put me off but it is a good local bike shop. Staff and mechanics were friendly and spoke English. They have a huge variety and quantity of bikes to rent. I was able to get a 57cm full carbon road bike with Look Keo pedals and they let me pick it up the night before so I could ride early without charging for an extra day. I used on of their suggested routes and had a great 40 mile ride in Chianti. Great experience all around!

1  Thank Juandows
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

A friend and I rented two city bikes from Florence by Bike last week. The staff were very friendly and the prices were very reasonable. Cycling around Florence was probably our best day in the city. I would recommend it to tourists looking for a different way to see the city rather than on foot.

Thank Siobhan K
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