Thursday, September 12, 2013

Bike Hire in Freiburg (Black Forest)

At the moment the only shops we can find are:

Radhaus GmbH 
Harry Bieker, Bea Galgoczy 
Münchhofstr. 4 
79106 Freiburg 
Tel. 0761-280832 
UStID DE 142111755 
Amtsgericht Freiburg HRB 4216
Opening Hours : 
Mo-Fr 9.00 to 13.30 und 15.00 to 18.30 
Sa 10.00 to 16.00

Freiburg Bikes
Fernando Schüber
Kandelblickstr. 10
79108 Freiburg
Tel: 07665-9471021

Blog post modified on 11. September 2013


  1. This is our very bad experience with Fernando Schüber’s
    Fahrradverleih in der Fahrradstation Freiburg am Hauptbahnhof
    Bike rental in the bike station Freiburg at the train station.

    We book well in advance with deposit a 3 day rental of one bike with child seat + one bike with trailer bike (Add-Anhängerbike in german) in order to accommodate 2 adults and 2 children who can't currently cycle on their own.
    When we get the bikes I notice that the one with child seat is ok but the one with the trailer bike looks extremely old and worn out, especially the tires. It is a mountain bike (instead of a city bike as agreed in a previous, painfully obtained, email) and it has no lights.
    The gearbox is very stiff and the chain falls off many times. On the way back home I got a flat tire while I'm on a bike lane.
    It's not punctured, it has "exploded" and there's a deep cut all through the tire. I notice that the rubber of the tire is very stiff and has lost flexibility. Not a dependable bike at all.
    I start worrying for the next day trip, a 45 km trip to France: what if the whole family gets stuck far from the shop, in a different country?
    So I go back to the shop and ask if they can please change the front tire as well, because the day before they gave me a bike with tires we cannot depend upon on lengthy road trip with kids.
    They refused to change the front tire and changed only the blown tire.
    They refused to give us a different solution (i.e. bike with child seat).
    They refused to give us our money back for the bike with the child seat which was ok but useless for us without the other bike available.
    All I got back was 20 euros out of 106.
    So no bikes and no money: my carefully crafted holidays plans were ruined, kids were crying and the budget was to be exceeded.

  2. Based on correspondence with a few dissatisfied customers about bike hire organisations all over Europe we recommend that that customers thoroughly check the bicycles before they hand over cash. It often appears to be difficult to obtain a refund. If both parties are speaking a foreign language, misunderstandings can easily arise.

  3. what kind of Bicycles do you rent I would like to know the manufacture

  4. We are not agents or the shop owners. We have no connection with the companies. We just report on what we find. Check out the website given in the blog. There is a full description of brands and types on that page. Use Google translator or similar to understand what is written.


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