I've found that bike shops that absolutely refuse to rent you that old bike in the back they have for sale because "it's not one of the rental bikes" will sometimes inexplicably assent if you phrase it something like this: "How about if I buy that bike outright and then sell it back to you next week/whenever for X dollars/Euro less?", making sure they make a tidy little profit.
It's crazy but I've had it work on those less than bright bike shop owners <G>
Kurt Sperry Bellingham Washington USA
On Tue, May 13, 2008 at 12:28 PM, Angel Garcia <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> In a great sweeping generalization I have found that finding road bikes to
> rent can be difficult. Finding a vintage bike is tougher still. For the
> places that rent bikes they seem to favor MTBs. But, who knows, maybe you'll
> get lucky.
> Angel Garcia
> Verona VR Veneto Italy, my wife lived on Arundel Road in San Carlos...
> On Tue, May 13, 2008 at 1:05 PM, Eric Meddaugh <email@example.com>
> > Brothers & Sisters of the Wheel,
> > I'll be across the pond in Italy around Lake Como area and my dream is to
> > ride from Bellagio to the Madonna del Ghisallo bike church on the 1st or 2nd
> > of June. I could probably rent a modern bike but it would mean so much more
> > to me to be able to do it on a classic machine. Unfortunately I can't bring
> > one of my own but I would be more than willing to rent one from a CR list
> > member. I can ride anything between 58 and 62cm and my typical lowest gears
> > at home are 42 chain ring and 28 freewheel (can I make it to the church on
> > that??). I'll be bringing my own "traps 'n straps". Thanks very much in
> > advance for your help.
> > Regards, Eric
> > Eric Meddaugh
> > (anticipating a heat wave soon in) San Carlos, CA usa
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