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Best ways to rent equipment for outdoor activities in Europe

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1. Posted by semichin (Budding Member 4 posts) 8w

Hello everyone)

I will be travelling to Europe in two weeks. When I will be in Spain and Portugal I want to experience many outdoor activities while exploring great places. I look to trekking, hiking and cycling. Obviously I will have to find the equipment and local guides for the best experience.

Based on your experience of active travel with outdoor activities in Europe how did you find equipment and local guides and outdoors enthusiasts?

Thanks in advance)

2. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 286 posts) 7w

Generally speaking, in any area where such activities are popular, you will have no difficulty renting and a guide is often not necessary.

Last month I was in Davos, Switzerland for example, where hiking and mountain biking are popular. There would be no problem renting at all and no need for a guide.
http://www.davos.ch/en/summer/activities/bike/mountain-bike/shops-rental/

3. Posted by semichin (Budding Member 4 posts) 7w

OldPro,
Appreciate your reply)

Just wonder what are the average prices of renting a bike and other gear in the places where you have been?
I thought I could rent it from locals over internet with less price instead of going to a rental store.
Did you consider other renting options?

Thanks.

4. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 286 posts) 7w

I didn't rent but presumably if you look at the rental shops own websites or give them a Skype call, you will get the rental prices easily enough.

As for renting from a local, I'd expect that to be more hassle than it's worth even assuming you could find anyone who would rent you their own bike. I certainly wouldn't rent you my bike. You fall, blame the brakes on my bike and sue me. No thanks. Rental companies have insurance to cover them from that, I don't. They also maintain their rental items to avoid that possibility. What some individual who rents you his old bike does, you don't know. Wanna risk a brake cable failure on an alpine downhill trail?