When I checked out this trip on TA there was just one terrible review, which I read and dismissed as being a complete deviation from the normal experience, but sadly I have to concur; this was a terrible trip.
The tour started badly when the guide brought the wrong number of bikes, didn't apologise and made us wait for new ones. He then didn't help us adjust the saddle heights, poor considering our group consisted of people who never-ever ride bikes.The main factor behind this deflated review was the tour guide; he couldn't have been less interested in us if he tried. He gave us a brief bit of info at each stop, but beyond that failed to engage in our questioning. Crucially, he repeatedly zoomed off ahead, without looking behind to see if we were following, even when asked to slow down. It felt like we were in a race, a race with really dodgy bikes.
The tour consisted of 1 3/4 hours on the train, during which we had to entertain ourselves, cycling through the suburbs of BA next to the train track you later go back along, 2 stops at markets, 1 one by the river and one at Tigre. I had expectations of seeing some greenery and of getting information about the surrounding I was cycling through but these were never fulfilled. You're mostly cycling through concrete suburbs and when you stop it's only to plod round a market you have no interest in buying anything at. The second market was a complete joke; a furniture market. Sorry, but I don't give a fig about where wealthy portenos buy their wicker tat.
Our guide provided mate, but he told us he hates the stuff, and no wonder as he didn't really know how to make it. The whole route was about 6 km so at no point did you feel like you had earned a break.
Overall, the bikes were shoddy (loose brakes, flat tyres and badly adjusted handlebars), the route boring and urban, the guide disinterested and value for money non-existent If you want to cycle round BA don't Bike It.
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