Hiring bikes & equipment
If you don’t own your own mountain bike and plan on renting equipment then there are plenty of Mallorca mountain bike hire shops hiring out both full suspension and hard tail mountain bikes. The cost of daily rental varies from store to store and on the type of bike you choose to rent. On average you can pay anywhere between €16 - €80 euros for a days hire. Prices vary depending on whether you select a basic bike without suspension, or a full on free ride descent bike. (It is also possible to hire mountain bikes for children from around €15 a day.)
If you bring your own bike then there's no point loading up your excess baggage with spare bike parts either (unless your bike requires specific specialist component parts).
Bike setup recommendations
Typically hire bikes in Mallorca are set up European style, with the back brake on the right. Ask to have them swapped around if needs be. Ask in advance of your visit as most of the bike hire companies are flat out during the busy season with road bike rentals.
- If you use knee and elbow protection (recommended), bring these with you as they are difficult to hire.
- I prefer riding with quality flat pedals on the technical routes for extra safety and confidence. Think Enduro riding.
- Always have the saddle down on steep technical descents.
- Have your suspension and tyre pressure set up correctly. A common mistake is to have both too hard. You want to be using the full travel of the shocks. Have your “sag” set correctly and the rebound setting so the folks react quickly and don’t “pack down”.
- Some of the trails are in remote locations and you may not see many people in a day. If you are riding on your own, tell somebody the trail you will be riding and take a phone.
- Carry a basic first aid kit, bike tool, Zip ties and have the ability to do minor maintenance. The trails are very hard in terms of wear and tear on bikes.
- Carry plenty of water in the summer.
- If you are new to mountain biking get some advice on riding technical rocky trails with loose surfaces. Good body position and the correct use of the brakes will save you a lot of pain.
Mallorca has some excellent biking shops that sell plenty of spare parts and components for your bike. However, remember the spares list does not extend to some obscure pivot in your one off special downhill rig. We are talking rear mechs, pedals, cranks, chains, cassettes, brakes, brake pads, cables etc from the more popular manufacturers. The exception to this rule is the rear gear hanger; bring one with you for your bike, especially if it’s of the super funky alternative/rare type. The bike shops do not carry this part for all the different bike manufacturers and the models they make and it is probable the most frequently damaged part in the event of a crash. Even a relatively innocuous fall can damage this part and although they can often be bent back into shape, it would be a shame to ruin your holiday if this were not the case. (Most of the rental shops will also do a good line in helmets, body protectors, repairs and servicing.)
It is highly advisable to ensure your own bike is in tip top condition before lugging it all the way over to France. A days riding in the Alps equates to many rides out in the UK and the wear and tear on your bike reflects this. If you start the week with your bike in a poor to average state of repair it will let you down at some point and spoil the day, if not the weeks enjoyment. If you are not a competent mechanic then your local independent bike shop will provide a service for your pride and joy to ensure you and it remain friends for the week. It is money well spent to upgrade your tires if they are of the lighter weight cross country variety and purchase some free ride tyres with a 2.3 section to smooth your way and avoid the punctures. There is every chance a set of brake pads will disappear in a week so bring a spare pair and carry them with you on the trail to avoid that metal on metal effect! If you run out of time before you come away, Mallorca local bike shops will be able to carry out a service for you. Charges are approximately €40 per hour on a pro-rata basis depending on how serious a service your bike requires!
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