We have been asked a number of times about hiring a bike at the start of a trip and dropping it off at the end. Although this idea is common enough in the motor car hire industry, it appears to be a concept that is too difficult manage in the bicycle hire industry. Basically if you want to hire a bike choose a circular route like round Lake Constance. Otherwise you will need to return the bikes to your starting point. Having said this there are exceptions:
- Luxembourg, but as the country is only a little bigger than a postage stamp, this is not much of an advantage.
- Rheinhessen between Mainz and Worms.
- The Niederrhein Region between Düsseldorf and the Dutch border.
- Switzerland, if you hire a bike for two days or longer.
- You can hire a bike in Berlin or Copenhagen and drop it off in the other city.
We have found another local company, bellorange® ( www.bellorange.com) that hires bikes in 15 small towns and villages between Ludwigshafen - Mannheim, the French border by Wissembourg and into the northern Black Forest. They offer a wide range of bikes, e-bikes and tandems. The website is only in German, but it features an interactive map which makes it very easy to use. This is odd because the company has a brochure in German, English, French and Spanish.