This was the best bike trip i have ever been on. First of all: great people. Susan and Laura were wonderful - fun, thoughtful, interesting, knowledgeable, kind, smart, organized. The hotels were great, especially the Santa Ynez Inn - WOW! I have been in the Paso Robles to Solvang area many times but never on the great roads we traveled this trip. And the food! We ate like kings at fantastic places. The bikes are all excellent carbon frame and extremely well maintained. Before the trip, i was sent a tape measure and asked to measure various dimensions of my bike and when i arrived for the six-day tour a perfectly sized bike awaited. The saddle was great and the bike was outfitted with the pedals i needed. Each day our fearless guides took turns riding with us or taking our luggage by van to our next destination. Somehow, in between all this, beautiful picnic spreads magically appeared just when we needed it. Truly, a great, great trip! Can't wait to take another Undiscovered Country Tours trip.
TripAdvisor March 2012
Note: The same amazingly great road bikes we use on our tours are now available for bike rental in the San Francisco Bay Area.
All of our tours include the use of a premium road bicycle at no extra charge. The essence of our tour experience is the pure joy of riding light and fast road bikes, so we provide only the lightest and highest quality road bikes in the bike tour industry. Each bike has a full carbon frame and high end Shimano Ultegra components—equally appropriate on a century event ride, a fast training ride, or a local race.
The bikes are made by Cannondale and Specialized. Frames and forks are made of lightweight carbon fiber, stiff for efficient energy transfer yet compliant to soak up road vibration. Gearing was selected to handle the California hills, with a compact double crankset and a wide range cassette.
We carry a complete range of frame sizes, from 44 cm to 63 cm, so just about any adult will fit on our bikes.
Riding one of our great road bikes is a true pleasure–made even more enjoyable when that bike fits you correctly. That’s why we custom fit a bike for you before your trip begins. For our road bikes, you are welcome to send us your fit measurements, or we’ll use average measurements for your height. We mount the pedal style of your choice, or you can bring your own pedals (we have 16 types of pedals to choose from). If you bring your own saddle, we mount that for you at the start of the trip.