Equipment for Walking and Cycling Tours 

On a Tourissimo Tour all of the equipment is included

Walking Poles

For a walking tour you should bring your usual walking/hiking gear. If you want telescopic walking sticks, Tourissimo will provide those. They are Ferrino Mustang and they weigh only 1.1 lbs for the pair (light and sturdy 7075 Aluminum alloy). The anatomical hand grip that continues over the first section of the pole makes it very comfortable and versatile. 

Our Bikes

The standard carbon road bike is the Bianchi Intenso with Shimano Ultegra/105 groupset. The wheelset is a reliable and fashionable Fulcrum Racing Sport outfitted with fast rolling 25mm Vittoria tires. 

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The Bianchi Intenso is a workhorse that can surprise even the most experienced riders with its climbing capabilities. We consider this model perfect for fast cycle tourism. The longer headtube allows for a comfortable position with the upper body more upright than on other road bikes on the market. If you are interested in its geometry click this link for the chart. 

Bianchi Intenso Ultegra-105

For hybrid bikes (straight handlebars) we offer the Bianchi Via Nirone 7 S-Sport, a bike with light aluminum frame and carbon fork, and the Bianchi C-Sport 1 in small frame size (riders up to 5' 4".)

Bianchi Via Nirone S

  

Bike Model Frame material Lowest gear Tire size Wheel size Brakes
Bianchi Intenso Carbon 34 x 32 (up to 34 x 36 upon request) 25mm 28" Rim
Bianchi Via Nirone Aluminum 34 x 32 28mm  28" Rim
Bianchi C-Sport 1 Aluminum 24 x 32 32 mm 28" Rim
Actual models can vary upon availability  

 

E-bikes

E-bikes have an electric motor built in that makes pedaling way easier, however not effortless. With an E-bike you can cover more distance per day with the same effort. Climbing becomes more accessible as the engine helps the rider overcome gravity. The aspect that makes them valuable for our tours: they can balance out two cyclists with varying fitness or abilities. We use different models outfitted with Shimano, Yamaha, or Bosch systems. Upon booking a tour, you can request to rent an E-bike. We apply a $145 rental fee for this upgrade. 

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E-Wheel

We also have the option to outfit our Bianchi hybrid (straight cross handlebar) bikes with an E-Wheel (watch the video), called FreeDuck. This electronic wheel contains all of its parts and power inside the hub of the wheel.  Made by the Electronics division at Ducati (the motorcycle company), it is sleek, stylish and powerful! It easily turns any of our Bianchi hybrids into an E-bike and while it’s still heavier than a standard wheel, it’s not nearly as hefty as a traditional E-bike. It looks nicer, too. Upon booking a tour, you can request to rent the E-Wheel. We apply a $95 rental fee for this upgrade. The E-wheel is a good choice for those who weigh 170 lbs or less. 

Related: Read this blog article on our E-Wheel testing.

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Tourissimo's bikes come equipped with

  • Garmin Edge 820 Explorer GPS
  • Water bottle cages (2)
  • Elite water bottle (25 oz)
  • Saddle bag with spare tube, tire levers, and CO2 cartridge (or pump upon request)
  • Light handlebar bag
  • Lock (optional)

Helmets

We offer helmets that are thoroughly disinfected after each tour, and replaced every other year. However, we recommend that you bring your own to make sure that the fit is just right. Loaner helmets must be requested at the time of booking. 

Pedals

Our bikes come equipped with flat pedals that can also be outfitted with plastic toe cages. We also offer SPD (Shimano mountain bike) pedals. If you use clip in pedals, please feel free to bring your own with you. 

Seat

Some riders prefer to bring their own seat on tour as well. That is fine, but not necessary by any means. We don't want to open the Pandora's box of saddles and chamois here, but we provide gel seat covers upon request that will make for a more comfy ride.

GPS Navigation

Smartphones are great do-it-all tools and thanks to the RidewithGPS app specific for bike tour companies you can use your – familiar – phone to navigate on a Tourissimo bike tour. After testing we’ve found this solution to be more user-friendly than our past Garmins and it keeps getting better. The app is free and you don't even need to open an account. Tourissimo provides universal handlebar mounts. You don't need an international cell phone data plan as the app uses the built-in GPS antenna of the smartphone. 

Of course feel free to bring your own GPS device and we will provide you with the GPS tracks. Just remember the handlebar mount as well. 

Your tour leaders are going to dial your equipment in to achieve the right fit. They will also take care of your pedals and seats for you. They can of course instruct you on how to operate the RidewithGPS app.

Bicycle Upgrades

 Bianchi Aria E-Road

With the Aria E-Road Bianchi stepped up the E-bike game.  This bike has the look and feels of traditional, pure high-performance, race-bred road riding, with powerful electrical assistance in the background - when you need it. Subject to availability and size; not available on all tours. $365 upgrade fee.

Bianchi Impulso E-Road

The Impulso E-Road is perfect for full-day rides. With a long-lasting battery range that reaches 200km, you can go beyond the limits of a traditional road bike while staying relaxed and enjoying the scenery. If you’ve ever had to reconsider a ride, here’s your solution. Subject to availability and size; not available on all tours. $ 365 upgrade fee.

Bianchi Aria Ultegra Di2 Disc

The Aria Ultegra Di2 is a full aerodynamic performance bike with the shape of the tubes’ profiles and their structural combination designed to cheat the wind’s resistance, resulting in the lowest drag possible. Disc brakes and electronic shifting complete the package. Subject to availability and size; not available on all tours. $ 265 upgrade fee. 

 

Why do E-road bikes make sense? 

Peloton Magazine explains on this Aria E-Road review