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Feb 29th, 2012, 09:42 AM
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Barcelona Bike Tour

Hi Fodorites

I've been using these forums for a few weeks since I've been studying abroad in Firenze since the 3rd week in January. Got to say this website is great.

I'm doing a little trip to Barcelona, leaving tomorrow in the afternoon arriving at 15:15. I accidentally booked a separate flight from my two friends that I will be traveling around Barcelona with. This means I have some time on my own which I am a big fan of since I like the independence of traveling (not to say I don't enjoy sharing experiences with others, I like both)

From reading trip reports on here and my own research, I've read a bit into doing a bike tour. First of all I'm a 21 year old college male who loves the outdoors, traveling and am a total history buff. I was hoping to get some insight as to which bike your might be the best or if it isn't a good idea.

Fat Tire Bike offers a tour at 22 Euro which seems good to me for four hours. The downfall is that I'd have to wait until Friday to do it since they only offer the tour at 11. Should I look into another bike tour company?

Otherwise, what would you recommend doing with the half day that I'll have on my own since my friends wont be getting in until 23:00. Note, I'm more into history and art than my two friends (whom I imagine don't have much of a plan of what they want to see in Barcelona)

Thanks for your help!
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Mar 4th, 2012, 09:20 PM
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i can't comment on the bike tours in barcelona.

but i can say that i took a fat bike tour in paris and loved it.
dd and her friends (19 - 20 year olds) took the fat bike tour in barcelona and loved it.
i plan to take it in barcelona when i am there in april.
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Mar 5th, 2012, 04:23 AM
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I did the Flat Tire Bike tour in Barcelona six years ago and really enjoyed it. If you're on your own, it's very sociable and a good way to meet and chat to other tourists. It's not very strenuous, because all ages take part, but it's fun and a good way of getting your bearings around the city.
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Mar 5th, 2012, 04:41 AM
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For Architecture just take any old Gaudi tour (public transport is very affective). If there is another bike tour I'd take it
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Mar 5th, 2012, 05:28 AM
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If the bike tour is something your friends would also like to see, then perhaps you can all go together. If you are really into history and art more than your friends you would probably be doing yourself a favor by maxxing out some of those visits before they came.

You can also just rent a city bike and leave it off in special stands here and there when going around this first day if getting on a bike sounds like the way you want to go.

Here's another company which may be abel to accommodate you.

http://www.bicicletabarcelona.com/?cl=1&lang=en

careful about where you ride. Not sure in Barcelona, but now in valencia they are strictly fining anyone outside a bike lane.. on the sidewalks , up to 400E and without a helmet and ringing bell on bike.
Unbelievable ( the sidewalk and bell part)

Have a great time.
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Mar 5th, 2012, 06:41 AM
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Spanish bike rules are pretty tough (no idea why), you have to wear helmets, you have to have a bell and you are right riding on the pavement/sidewalk is illegal (actually that is true in a fair number of European countries). The helmet rule is slightly odd as you are allowed to take it off if 1) riding up hill and 2) out side of a city and 3) It is very hot (not definition provided. So do hire a bike with a helmet and wear it.

Helmet rule is also in place in Oz where the massive reduction in bike riding hid a zero improvement in bike accidents
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Mar 6th, 2012, 02:03 AM
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Thanks for the advice guys. I mean I didn't check this site again until just now after my trip because at the time of my departure there were no responses. But honestly, I appreciate it!

The bike tour was great and I would wholeheartedly recommend Fat Bike Tours, especially the tour guide Buddha. I saw he was recommended in a Barcelona thread so I recognized him at the meet up spot. It was a great way to experience most pockets of the city and figure out where you wanted to spend more time. Also our guide was funny, insightful, knowledgeable and was able to provide tips and give advice. Example he told us how much time to expect to spend at Parc Guell and how long it would take there. Also, since I'm into the nightlife he was able to recommend good places to go and where to avoid tourist ripoffs.

The tour was also great for meeting people. Everyone was pretty friendly and I met 3 girls and 1 guy that we kind of formed a group after the tour and just experienced the city together. Coincidentally we all were staying in the same hostel. This was great because most of what my friends did was lazily stroll about Barcelona.

I might actually do a trip report when I have some more spare time! All in all 2.5 days in Barcelona was AMAZING but I wish I had another day (As I wish with most trips I've taken so far in my very short traveling career)

Thanks again!
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Mar 6th, 2012, 02:10 AM
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So glad you came back tell us how it went! Sounds like it was the prefect solution. You'll just have to come back again!
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Mar 6th, 2012, 05:56 AM
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I had Buddha a few weeks ago...I really liked him too, he's knowledgable without being heavy on the history!!
Glad you had a good time, I really like Fat Tire, I've always had good guides and also met really nice people.
I'm glad he was able to tell you where to go for nightlife, for some reason that doesn't surprise me that he knows!!
Yes, do a trip report, nice to hear one from your young point of view.
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