With just 34 days to go until registration opens for the Cape Argus 2014 Cycle Tour, now is the time to start planning if you intend to hire a bicycle in Cape Town for the event.
There are literally hundreds of high quality road bikes available to rent for the Cape Argus at the moment, but if you think you can leave it until later in the year or even next year, think again! Most bicycle companies have completely sold out by the end of October, and if you want a good quality bike – you need to shop around.
Having been the ‘victim’ of a rather shoddy company last year, I can honestly say that you get what you pay for when it comes to renting a bicycle for the Cape Argus in Cape Town, and unless you want to cycle some 109km on a “perfectly adequate” bike that is neither ‘perfect’ or ‘adequate’ you can expect to pay a substantial amount!
Firstly, most bicycle-rental companies in Cape Town have a minimum rental period of 5-7 days during the Cape Argus period, so if you think you can get a bike just for a day or two you are going to be disappointed. That said, many travellers who decide not to take their own bike to SA take advantage of this and fly to Cape Town a few days earlier for some Cape Argus training around the Western Cape.
We have decided to team up with one of the official suppliers of the Cape Argus Cycle Tour in 2014, who charge a fixed 5-day rental fee of approximately £140, which works out a lot cheaper than flying your bike to Cape Town with an International airline.
Many tours to South Africa for the Cape Argus 2014 do not include bike transportation, but you only have to look at airline excess baggage and sports luggage fees to see that you could pay up to £400 to take your bike from home.
Of course, a rental bike will never be the same as riding on your own bike, so there is a lot to think about these next 34 days!