Tell me about your dream fullday bike tour
I am a former travel agent planning to build my own tour operator company. As I was involved in selling premium one-day bike trips to many travelers, I would like to know more deeply on this and find out what would YOU expect from a full day bike trip.
Headlights of this project:
This tour operator company will be located in Chile (South America)
I want travelers to enjoy the trails I know as much as I do
The idea is to rent bikes for riders but I will appreciate your input on this
Would love to join people into a group (2 to 5 people) which is a thing I couldn't do in my former job.
Should I offer wine at end of trip? Is really THAT important for common people?
Thanks in advance to all of you.
Cristián Valenzuela - Helmetless
I would enjoy a bit of wine after a hard day of cycling
From my prospective it is important to have a good selection of bikes to rent for trips. People will probably be cycling a long distance and would probably be happy if they could get a bike that is close to what they are used to.
I'm planning a bike trip with my wife to Germany and I've been drilling the company that I'll be using a bit about the bikes since it is important to me to have a bike that I know I will be comfortable with.
Best of luck to you
Local riders as guides and current knowledge of trail conditions.
Guided Mt. Bike Tours on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula
Much appreciated, colleague!
Originally Posted by Sewered Rider
Helmetless, If the the trails you offer riders are really good, that aspect of your business will speak for itself. Especially with a good camera and riders to capture on video. What is more important is who you are trying to attract to your business? Who is your target market of riders? As a small independent, you cannot serve everyone well. So pick.
When I think of traveling to South America from the States, I think of transportation logistics. The flight with the bike, the arrival, and how I'm going to get to your place. Do I have to speak the local language? So much of a successful bike vacation is about the seamless operation of getting your clients from their home town to your trails in a comfortable way. Once you do that and the people give testimonials for others to follow, then more people will be willing to give your outfit a go.
A couple of outfits that cater to mostly UK riders going to ride in the French Alps is BikeVillage and Trail Addiction. They have a good history of getting people successfully out on the trails with minimal hassles from the airport to the lodge. From there, the trails speak for themselves. Sounds like an exciting project you are developing. Let us know how things are progressing.
There is a big difference between ripping and skidding.
If someone offered me wine and snack at an end of a ride I think I would hug them and invite them to Thanksgiving dinners.. just saying.
I will definitely include wine at end of tours, no doubt of that...!
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