Equipment for Walking and Cycling Tours
On a Tourissimo Tour all of the equipment is included
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.
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 grippy 28mm Continental tires.
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.
Road bike upgrade: Bianchi Infinito XE Disc
The Infinito XE Disc is the newest model in the Infinito family. It is the best compromise between performance and comfort and it's designed from the start for disc brakes and up to 32 mm tires (28 mm standard). It looks and feels great, it's quick and balanced. It comes equipped with an Ultegra 11v 50/34 drive train and Fulcrum Racing 918 DB disc wheels. Subject to availability and size; not available on all tours. $ 195 upgrade fee.
Bianchi Via Nirone 7 S-Sport and C-Sport 1
|Bike Model||Frame material||Lowest gear||Tire size||Wheel size||Brakes|
|Bianchi Intenso||Carbon||34 x 32*||28mm||28"||Rim|
|Bianchi Infinito||Carbon||34 x 32*||28mm||28"||Disc|
|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
*(up to 34 x 36 upon request)
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 Bianchi T-Tronik, 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. Bianchi T-Tronik Sport or equivalent.
Tourissimo's bikes come equipped with:
- Water bottle cages (2)
- Elite water bottle (25 oz)
- Saddle bag with spare tube, tire levers, and CO2 cartridge (or pump upon request)
- Compact handlebar bag
- Lock (optional)
- Front and rear led bike lights
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.
Our bikes come equipped with flat pedals that can also be outfitted with plastic toe cages. We also offer SPD Look (mountain bike) pedals or Look Keo Classic 3 (road) pedals (5 $ rental fee per tour).
If you use clip in pedals, please feel free to bring your own with you.
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.
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.
Biking and hotel far exceeded my expectations. Great location, good food. Beppe and all the guides (Tourissimo and hotel guides were fantastic).
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E-Road Bicycle Upgrades
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.
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.