Rent some fun in the saddle: Romania awaits with e-bikes for rent and guided e-bike tours

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What if we told you the highlands of Romania are the perfect place to experience the joys of riding an electric bicycle? Chances are, you’d take our word for it. But the even better option is to see for yourself by renting an e-bike or joining us for a guided tour. FreeRider provides both bikes for rent and all the guidance you might need – all it takes is your willingness to try. Think you’d like to learn more? Then read on…

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FreeRider E-bike Rental is located a mere 160 km / 100 miles from Bucharest, Romania’s capital (a rather short drive if you take the A1 highway) and only half that distance relative to Brasov, which just so happens to be one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Nearby attractions include the famous Bran Castle and the spectacular Piatra Craiului National Park. Whether you choose to rent a bicycle and set off on your own or join us for a guided tour, exploring the area from the saddle will give you ample opportunity to gaze in wonder at some of the wildest, most stunning trails in the area, complete with breathtaking scenery. Furthermore, you’ll experience first-hand the beauty of local customs and traditions, breathing in the very spirit of Romania in its purest, most authentic self. Our electric bikes will take you further, faster, higher – and you’ll love every second of it.

The electric bikes

The electric bicycles available for rental are provided by Haibike, the world-famous manufacturer, and they are all state-of-the-art 2019 models. Whether you go for a hardtail or a full suspension bike, you’re guaranteed to have a blast as you ride through miles and miles of roads and trails in one of the most spectacular parts of Romania.

Below is a list of the mean machines waiting to be taken for a spin.

1 Haibike Sduro 1.0, size S, Yamaha engine, 27.5 inch wheels, 400 Wh accu, hardtail
1 Haibike Sduro 1.0, size S, Yamaha engine, 27.5 inch wheels, 400 Wh accu, hardtail
1 Haibike Sduro 1.0, size M, Yamaha engine, 29 inch wheels, 400 Wh accu, hardtail
1 Haibike Sduro 1.0, size L, Yamaha engine, 29 inch wheels, 400 Wh accu, hardtail
1 Haibike Xduro HardSeven, size M, Bosch engine, 27plus wheels, 500 Wh accu, hardtail
1 Haibike Sduro FullNine 4.0, size M, Yamaha engine, 29 inch wheels, 500Wh accu, full-suspension
1 Haibike Sduro FullSeven LT, size M, Yamaha engine, 27.5 inch wheels, 500 Wh accu, full-suspension
1 Haibike Xduro AllMTN 7.0, size M, Bosch engine, 27plus wheels, 500Wh accu, full-suspension

Spending a day in the saddle of a rental e-bike will cost you Euro 32 for a hardtail or Euro 39 for a full-suspension bike.

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Where do I go from here?

Once you’ve decided to rent an electric bicycle, we’ll be more than happy to come up with suggestions regarding various destinations, depending on your preferences and skills. Beginners can comfortably embark on routes that fit them just right, whereas more advanced riders can choose appropriately challenging option. For instance, a route that counts as easy will amount to some 25 km in a day, with a total elevation gain of up to 500 meters, whereas, at the other end of the spectrum, difficult routes will have you pedaling over 50 km a day and gaining an impressive 2000 m elevation. As long as you let us know where you stand, we’ll make sure to put you on the right track, so to speak. Should you require a guide, we’ll be happy to provide you with one. Alternatively, you can get a GPS with the route already uploaded in it. Neither service is included in the rental price, but you might find it’s worth the extra cost.

Major points of interest in the area include: Matau, the highest hill in Romania (at an altitude of over 1000 m), the Mateias limestone quarry, the Negru Voda Church (which goes back all the way to 1215), Namaiesti – the monastery set in stone on the grounds of what was once a temple dedicated to Zalmoxis, the Dacian god – the Roman Castrum Jidova (dating from 200 AD), and the majestic Iezer-Papusa and Leaota Mountains, their towering summits, at over 2000 meters high, places of staggering beauty.

A bit further away (but still within a 50 km / 30 miles radius) you can check out the Transfagarasan road – famous throughout the world for its glorious scenery, the Bran Castle – world-renowned both for its striking look and as the fictional home of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as well as the Piatra Craiului National Park and the Bucegi National Park.

Weekend E-bike Tours

An alternative to simply renting bicycles is to join us for a full weekend of guided tours. As a rule such tours are offered during the weekend, but we’re open to doing them during the workweek too, upon request. Take a look below at what such a weekend entails.

Timetable of a 3-day tour

Friday – guest arrival, meet and greet. At about 1 p.m., after having packed a couple of home-made sandwiches, we get started on the first ride. In the evening, upon our return at the B&B, we plug in the e-bikes to recharge, then spend the rest of the day with leisure activities, either practicing bike-handling skills in the pump track or going for a short drive in the 4X4 to check out local attractions. Dinner is served either at a restaurant or back at the B&B, where guests can enjoy traditional Romanian dishes put together by the in-house cook.

Saturday – breakfast at the B&B, then back in the saddle for another ride, on a different route. Departure at about 11 a.m., estimated return time 5 p.m. Evening activities much the same as the previous day.

Sunday – since this is the shortest of the three days, we get ready to leave on our last ride for the weekend immediately after breakfast. This means we get started at 10 a.m. and return no later than 3 p.m.

Accomodation

The B&B comes with a 2,000 sqm yard and a cozy villa. Several rooms are available, with either king size beds (1.6m x 2m) or single beds (1m x 2m). Accommodation is included in the price of the package.

All right, so how much does it cost?

For a 3-days tour, with e-bikes and a guide included, as well as breakfast, dinner and accommodation, you’ll end up paying Euro 190. An additional Euro 30 will provide you with the extra-comfort of riding a full-suspension bike. Lunch is not included in the price, but breakfast and dinner (both prepared by the in-house cook) definitely are.

How can i book a tour or rent a e-bike?

All you need to do is send us an email at echipa@freerider.ro and we’ll get back to you A.S.A.P., with all the information you require. And language won’t be a barrier either, as we speak both English and German.

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