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    Bikes & Equipment

The Absolute BEST BIKES: Designed for the way you like to ride

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style. Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world.

INCLUDED: AVAILABLE UPGRADES:
Titanium Road Bike Specialized S-Works Roubaix
Titanium Mountain Bike on select trips Specialized S-Works Ruby
Custom Kids' Bike on Family Trips Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem
Electric-Assist Bike on Biking Trips in Europe, Hawaii & North America (except Alaska and Utah) Wheelset Upgrade
Garmin GPS on Biking Trips in Europe, North America & Hawaii  

Backroads Titanium Road Bike—Included in your trip price

Meticulously crafted of aerospace-grade titanium in cycling-centric Holland to offer performance and comfort like no other bike. Our road bike features Shimano Ultegra components and includes a triple chainring, an ergonomic saddle, tires suited to the terrain and an adjustable handlebar stem to dial in your ideal ride position. Opt for flat pedals, toe cages with straps or bring your own. This bike is available with upright handlebars or with dropped handlebars. You may also choose to drop two additional pounds and further enhance the handling of our amazing Titanium Bike with the optional wheel upgrade for $100. View full bike sizes/geometry and bike specifications.

NEW! State-of-the-art Garmin Edge Explore 1000 GPS device now included on Biking Trips in Europe, North America and Hawaii.

Backroads Custom Titanium Bike Upright Handlebars

Upright/Flat Handlebars
on Biking Trips

This bike is equipped with a rear rack and bag. A front handlebar bag can be added as an option.

Backroads Custom Titanium Bike Drop Handlebars

Dropped Handlebars
on Biking Trips

This bike can be equipped with a rear rack bag only.

Backroads Custom Titanium Bike Drop Handlebars

Upright/Flat Handlebars
on Multisport Trips

Multisport trips use these custom-built titanium hybrid-style bikes. Equipped with a rear rack and bag, and available in select regions with dropped handlebars. View full bike specifications.

On the rare occasion when titanium bikes aren't available, we'll provide a model of comparable quality.

Wheelset Upgrade—$100 rental fee

Wheel Upgrade

Our Titanium fleet provides a great ride for most cyclists. For more experienced riders who are comfortable with a more responsive wheel, upgrade to the lightweight Shimano RS81 carbon/alloy wheelset and you'll drop another two pounds off your Backroads Custom Titanium Bike! These wheels are equipped with a 23c Vittoria Rubino Pro tire (or a comparable tire).

Please note: Available on Biking Trips in Europe, North America, Hawaii and New Zealand. Price is $75 on our California Wine Country Weekend Biking Trip. Book early! Limited availability in some cases, especially when requested within 45 days of departure.

NEW! Specialized 2016 S-Works Roubaix—$400 rental fee

Specialized S-Works Roubaix

On your next Backroads adventure, ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting! Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. This five-time winner of the Paris-Roubaix features Shimano's new 11-speed Dura-Ace components paired with Specialized's S-Works FACT compact carbon crankset and the vibration-damping CG-R seatpost (developed for the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix) and a super-light Roval Rapide CLX 40 carbon wheelset. View full bike sizes/geometry, bike specifications and custom fit information.

This bike will not be equipped with a rear rack bag or a front handlebar bag.

Please note: Available on Biking Trips in Europe, North America and Hawaii. Price is $300 on our California Wine Country Weekend Biking Trip. Book early! Limited availability in some cases, especially when requested within 45 days of departure and may incur an additional shipping charge.

NEW! State-of-the-art Garmin Edge Explore 1000 GPS device now included on Biking Trips in Europe, North America and Hawaii.

NEW! Specialized 2016 S-Works Ruby—$400 rental fee

Specialized S-Works Ruby

The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a top-of-the-line, light, agile speed machine that's precisely designed for women. It's spec'd with short-reach brake levers, an anatomically contoured Body Geometry Ruby Pro saddle and women's-specific ergonomic carbon handlebars. All of these women's-specific features are enhanced with the addition of Shimano's new ultrasmooth Di2 electronic shifting, vibration-damping CG-R seatpost and the Roval Rapide CLX 40 carbon wheelset, making the S-Works Ruby into a plush, all-day speed machine. View full bike sizes/geometry, bike specifications and custom fit information.

This bike will not be equipped with a rear rack bag or a front handlebar bag.

Please note: Available on Biking Trips in Europe, North America and Hawaii. Price is $300 on our California Wine Country Weekend Biking Trip. Book early! Limited availability in some cases, especially when requested within 45 days of departure and may incur an additional shipping charge.

NEW! State-of-the-art Garmin Edge Explore 1000 GPS device now included on Biking Trips in Europe, North America and Hawaii.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike—Now included in Biking Trip price

Backroads eBike

Wishing you had an extra pair of legs to help you up those hills? Our custom eBike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. Featuring the BionX electronic mobility system, it's your ticket to a leisurely day's ride. We've modified a selection of our Custom Titanium Bikes with this intuitive battery-operated "pedal assist system." Although you still need to pedal, the system provides an additional boost of power to your pedal stroke. When you need to push a bit more on the hills, you get more assistance. When riding on the flats, the system can respond with less power, allowing you to ride your bike and enjoy your day to the fullest so you still have a great sense of accomplishment. It's completely silent as well so you can take in all the sounds of the day as you normally would. Backroads handles all of the charging logistics. View full bike sizes/geometry, bike specifications and the eBike video.

Please note: Available on all Biking Trips in Europe, Hawaii and North America (except Alaska and Utah). Book early! Limited availability in some cases, especially when requested within 45 days of departure. Recommended for activity levels 1-3 and some less hilly level 4 options. Not recommended for level 5 routes. Available only with upright handlebars for guests 16 or older. Not appropriate for pulling a Trailer Bike or a Cub trailer on a Family Trip.

NEW! State-of-the-art Garmin Edge Explore 1000 GPS device now included on Biking Trips in Europe, North America and Hawaii.

Thank you, thank you for including eBikes on your trips. They let me ride with my super fit husband, enjoy longer days on my bike, and wake up eager to bike the next day. I used the assist function to the maximum, and was still able to improve my overall fitness, because I was able to ride for many more hours than would have been possible otherwise. I love these bikes!

Sue Miller - London, United Kingdom

Backroads Titanium Mountain Bike—Included in your trip price

Titanium Mountain Bike

The titanium mountain bikes are custom-designed for more comfortable riding on trips where routes include some dirt and rougher paved roads. They are used on Biking Trips in Thailand and on Multisport Trips in Argentina, Belize, Costa Rica, Dolomites, Ecuador & Galápagos, Peru and South Africa & Botswana. Our alternate mountain bike with slick tires and rigid fork is used on trips in India, Myanmar and Panama. View the full bike sizes/geometry and bike specifications.

This bike can be equipped with a rear rack bag.

View our trips that use mountain bikes.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem—$400 rental fee

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? Is your child not quite ready for bike touring on his or her own yet? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your next Backroads trip. This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. The Periscope stoker seatpost accommodates a wide range of heights. Suggested for riders with some tandem experience and on trips with flatter terrain. Due to the tandem's size, frequent racking is not realistic, so there may be fewer opportunities to hop in the van. Parents experienced in riding a tandem may choose the Co-Motion tandem to ride with one of your kids. View full bike size/geometry and bike specifications.

Bikes are equipped with a rear rack and panniers. Captain position only available with dropped handlebars. Stoker will have upright handlebars (pictured).

Please note: Available upon request on Biking Trips in Europe, North America and Hawaii that are on fully paved roads. Price is $300 on our California Wine Country Weekend Biking Trip. Book early! Limited availability in some cases, especially when requested within 45 days of departure.

NEW! State-of-the-art Garmin Edge Explore 1000 GPS device now included on Biking Trips in Europe, North America and Hawaii.

Kids' Bike—Included in your trip price

Kids Bike

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kids' bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids.

On all Backroads Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bicycles for the younger set. They say good things come in small packages; when it comes to bikes for kids of all ages, Backroads is the expert. View full bike sizes/geometry and bike specifications.

Trailer Bike—Included in your trip price

Burley Kazoo

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who may be comfortable pedaling around the neighborhood but aren't yet ready for bike touring.

Trailer Carrier—Included in your trip price

Burley Cub Trailer

The Burley Cub trailer, for children 60 pounds and under, is a sturdy carrier that attaches to our bikes. It provides a comfortable and safe ride in the spacious interior with inner pockets for snacks and drinks, a reclining seat with a secure five-point padded harness system and an adjustable sunscreen.

Garmin Edge Explore 1000 GPS Device—Now included on Biking Trips*

Garmin Edge Explore 1000 GPS Device

Our new state-of-the-art GPS devices are easy to use, offer easy-to-follow directions and come pre-loaded with all routes and route options specific to your Backroads Biking Trip in Europe, North America and Hawaii.

* For Biking Trips outside of Europe and North America and for all Multisport and Walking Trips, navigation options include downloadable GPS files for your own device and turn-by-turn paper directions.

Whatever Bike You Ride, We Have You Covered

Service and Convenience

Service and Convenience

On the first day of your trip, your leaders show you how to ride safely and efficiently, with particular emphasis on shifting and braking. They check your bike daily and make any adjustments necessary to improve your ride. Flat tire? No problem. They'll fix it for you.

Navigation

Navigation

We make riding the back roads a breeze with self-navigable directions, elevation profiles and downloadable GPS directions. Biking Trips in Europe, North America and Hawaii now include the state-of-the-art Garmin Edge Explore 1000 GPS Device.

Mobile Bike Shop

Mobile Bike Shop

Our Trip Leaders travel with all the tools and parts your bike could ever need, including spare chains, tubes, derailleurs, stems, risers, spacers and cranks.

Travel Light

Travel Light

The titanium and tandem bikes include handlebar and/or rear rack bags. For Roubaix/Ruby riders, since there are no bags on the bike, you may consider bringing a lightweight pack to use when your jersey pockets aren't quite enough.

Water Bottle

Well Accessorized

All bikes are equiped with a safety triangle, two water bottles and for those who want it: a combination lock, hand pump, inner tube, tire levers or patch kit for use on your trip.

Bicycle Helmet


Helmets for Your Safety

Bicycle helmets are required on all Backroads Biking and Multisport Trips. Bring your own or use one of our high-quality helmets, fitted with an easily adjustable retention system. Helmets are universally sized, but X-large helmets are also provided.