Alsace Bike Hire - Including Local Transport
For your self guided bicycle tour you may need a bike hire shop to rent a bike. Such shops are found mainly in the cities and larger towns of Alsace. Some are accessible on the web. Depending on hire bike quality you should expect to pay €7-10 per day. Tandems for rent are not common but can be arranged. If the staff speak a language other than French it will probably be German, but some speak English. They will patiently wait as you stumble through any school-boy/girl French. All the hire shops we describe are orientated around the various Alsace bike routes and will carry maps etc. Have a look at our Cycling Tips advice on bike hire before you make the deal with the hire shop.
To help you on your self guided bike tour we thought we would point out an error we made on bike hire. In all languages there are false-friends, words that mean one thing in one language and another thing in another language. In French "panier" describes the basket (wire or straw) that fits on the front or rear of the bike to hold the odd book and bottle of wine. "Pannier" in English describes the large luggage bag mounted (often in pairs) on the rear of a bike to allow you to travel between hotels. Be aware!
Cycles Blondin, 5 Rue Brigade Alsace Lorraine, 67000 Strasbourg, T l 03 88 36 2215
Accro Bike, 22 Faubourg de Pierre, 67000 Strasbourg, Tel 03 88 21 43 43
Cycles Suss, 33 Avenue des Vosges, 67000 Strasbourg, Tel 03 88 36 20 33
Ecolo'cation, 25 Rue de la Premiere Armee, 67000 Strasbourg, Tel 03 88 23 17 05
Alsace Sports Nature Takamaka, 39 Rue Finkwiller, 67000 Strasbourg, Tel 03 90 23 87 15
Velocation, Place de la Gare, 67000 Strasbourg, Tel 03 88 23 56 75 or 03 88 24 05 61
Esprit Cycles, 18 rue Jacques Peirotes, 67000 Strasbourg, Tel 03 88 36 18 41
- Geiswiller SA, 6 Bld du Champ de Mars, 68000 Colmar, Tel 09 75 92 05 21
- Cyclotheque, 31 Route d'Ingersheim, 68000 Colmar, Tel 03 89 79 14 18
- Binder Jean-Phillipe, 82 Grand Rue, 68150 Ribeauville, Tel 03 89 73 65 87
- Multi Cycles (bike repair), 8 Rue du Rhin, 67390 Marckolsheim, Tel 03 88 58 75 43
- Boespflug Sarl, 5 Rue Sainte Barb, 67600 Selestat, Tel 03 88 92 05 14
- Meyer Jean-Luc (bike hire), Trois-Chateaux, 68420 Eguisheim, Tel 03 89 24 53 66
- Cycles et Sports 68, 29 Rue Mar LeFebvre, 68250 Rouffach, Tel 03 89 78 50 80
During your Alsace bike tour we hope you will not need this, but if you do most of the bike hire shops will provide a maintenance service (at a fee) even for each others' bikes. At the very least we recommend that you can repair a puncture, see our Cycling Tips, though of course, with modern tyres, punctures are less common. We also recommend a couple of books (a light one and a heavy one) of mybikeguide repairs.
Paris Charles de Gaulle has relatively expensive luggage storage.
Zurich airport has left luggage.
Train and bike
Information about departures and prices within France are available on the internet (in English) from SNCF
. Regional trains will take bikes. Within Alsace use TER-SNCF
Bus and bike
The following bus companies exist but do not carry bikes on buses
There are few ferries in this area. However, there will be day trips on the Rhine in the summer months.