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Car rental with a bike rack

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by flan_1969, 9 Apr 2008.

  1. flan_1969

    flan_1969 New Member


    Could anybody advise me of the possibility of renting a car with bike racks of some nature in Provence/South of France?

    My wife and I are flying to Marseille in eight weeks times and it had been my intention to hire a car with some additional extra for transporting bikes.

    We will then drive to Vaucluse and spend a mixed week of cycling and driving. However, the webstes of the international firms do not offer cycle racks as extras and when I have tried to contact the local reps of car rental firms any responses have been that they do not provide such equipment.

    I am starting to think this is not possible but I cannot imagine that people have not done this in the past?

    Any help/advce would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Probably the easiest solution would be to hire an estate. Something like a Megane estate.
  3. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    Having not owned a car for several years I rely on renting cars on the odd occasions that I need one. So far I have yet to find a company that offers bike racks, there maybe one out there but I haven't found it yet. I would go with Mister Paul's advice and hire an estate car or a people carrier (and take some seats out). Come to think of it my wife cousin can get to bikes in the back of a VW Polo, take off the front wheel and keep them up right, luggage in between.

    Good luck and I hope you enjoy your holiday.
  4. OP

    flan_1969 New Member

    Thanks for the replies, and I think you are both correct. An estate car would be my best solution as I have had no luck at all with any hire firms willing to meet my cycle rack requests.

    Thanks again.
  5. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    S of Kendal
    We have a universal strap-on bike rack we use so we don't need to hire such a big car. We fly it out in its box as part of our luggage allowance. It allows four of us, plus our luggage and bikes to get in a Megane sized car.

    But on other occaisions we have just gone with the estate car. Renault Legunas are huge - easily big enough to sleep in the back when waiting for Le Tour up at Alp d'Huez.
  6. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    May be a bit late, but I have just found this lot who do hire bike carriers or racks. Not clear if you have to rent the bikes off the as well though...