With several friends I am going to be climbing passes in the Dolomites at the end of August through the middle of September. I have trying to decide whether to take my road bike or find a place to rent. With rising prices for extra luggage I would like to find a bike shop in one of the towns in the Dolomites to rent a road bike for a couple of weeks. Can anyone make a recommendation? Or if you have other opinions about this please let me know. I have not been able to Google up any bike shops in the area, although a number of trip blogs I have read mention good shops in Agordo or Belluno.
Another issue is if anyone has any thoughts on B&B's in the area and can make any recommendations that have personally been used and were economical in the range of 20-35 Euros. We have not decided on a place to base out of so any thoughts at all would be helpful. You can either post here or send to my email address. All comments will be appreciated.
I never joined this sight until now, but always used it for info. Does not look like you got much responce. Wish I could help but I have never ridden this area, yet, I am going last week of August. I am in Germany working for a few years so as I have my bike over here I am planning a few trips. Last year I followed the mountain stages of the Tour of Germany, made it up the Rettebachferner (not spelled correctly). It was really hard. My plan is to either ride Dolomites and then go over to Stelvia or the other way around. I only have 4 or 5 days and then I have to get back to work. If you use www.ROADBIKEREVIEW, go to forums, then to COMMUTING, TOURING, RIDE REPORTS, I posted ALPS CLIMBS, got some great info. I am sure if you ask for the info you are looking for you will get good response. Good luck.
I have spent the past 7 Summers in the Dolomites. I based myself in a town called Cavalese. The first 3 years I used various hotels but on the 4th visit I used Hotel La Stua. It is excellent. I use Cavalese as a base and cycle the passes in the area (Manghen, Pordoi, Sella, Campolongo, Gardena, Valles, Rolle, Pampeago and many more) It is truely amazing. This year I'm taking 6 weeks to fully explore the Dolomites. The best bike shops in the Val di Fiemme, Val di Fassa area are in Cavalese Nones Sport is a good one which is in one of the satellite villages Corano I think. The best bike shop of all was in Predazzo; Cicli Mania Fiemme, run by Pierto Tivoli to whom nothing was too much trouble, however I think he has closed down now. I have never come across road bike hire in the area (plenty of leisure bikes). I would advise you to try in one of the bigger cities; Trentino or Bolzano? Beware Italian bikes are on the small side and are not very stiff, I really would advise taking your own bike, why compromise a CYCLING holiday over a false saving on bike transport?