Equipment for Walking and Cycling Tours 

On a Magnifica 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. The anatomical hand grip that continues over the first section of the pole makes it very comfortable and versatile. 

Our Bikes

The carbon road bike is the Bianchi Intenso with Shimano 105 11 speed 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. 

For hybrid bikes we offer two alternatives. The first one is also a Bianchi model called C-Sport2.  It runs on sturdy 32mm tires and boasts disc brakes front and rear. The frame and fork are aluminum. The groupset is an intuitive Shimano 24 speed.

The second hybrid bike we offer is an evergreen by Specialized. The Sirrus Sport has been around for a long time because of its versatility and overall solid design. It operates around a Shimano 28 speed Acera groupset. 

Bike Model Frame material Lowest gear Tire size Wheel size Brakes
Bianchi Intenso Carbon 34 x 28 (up to 34 x 36 upon request) 25mm 28" Rim
Bianchi C-Sport Aluminum 24 x 32 32mm  28" Disc
Specialized Sirrus A1 Premium Alloy 26 x 32 32mm  28" Rim
Actual models can vary upon availability  

Ebikes

Ebikes have an electric motor built in that makes pedaling way easier, however not effortless. With an Ebike 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. Upon booking a tour, you can request to ride an Ebike instead of a standard bike. We apply a $195 rental fee for this premium upgrade. Makers and models vary depending on tour location. 

 

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Helmets

We offer helmets that are purchased new every year and that are thoroughly disinfected after each tour. 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. If you use clip in pedals, please bring your own with you. We have a limited number of SPD pedals available on a first come, first served base. 

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.

Garmin GPS 

We will outfit each bike with the new Garmin Edge 820 Explore. We chose to invest in this model after a year with the Garmin Edge Touring mainly because its new display overcomes a readability issues with the older model. Interested in GPS navigation? Read my blog article.

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 will of course instruct you on how to operate your Garmin.