Ardiden Velos and Luz-Saint-Sauveur

How to get to Luz-Saint-Sauveur, the best accommodation and FAQs

Ardiden Velos and Luz-Saint-Sauveur

How to get to Luz-Saint-Sauveur, the best accommodation and FAQs

Tourmalet Bike rentals - FAQs

All about Ardiden Velos

Ardiden Velos is a bike rental company situated in Luz-Saint-Sauveur 19km from the top of the iconic Col du Tourmalet in the Hautes Pyrenees. We have a shop in the centre of Luz-Saint-Sauveur opposite the Office de Tourisme, next to the km0 sign that is the start of the Tourmalet climb.

For 2024 we have the best quality BIANCHI road bikes and CUBE electric bikes for hire in the Pyrenees. Whether you’re on your own or in a group, a roadie or a mountain biker, a would-be pro or a total beginner, we have the right bike for you.

All our bikes are ideally suited to the local conditions. Our road bikes have the lowest gearing available for the local cols, our electric bikes have the biggest batteries available for the longest rides and our mountain bikes are perfect for the trails around Luz-Saint-Sauveur, or for the local Bike Park at Bareges.

Ardiden Velos Shop - Sep 2020

Pricing and Delivery

We can rent single bikes to individual riders, or multiple bikes for groups of riders. You can book online HERE, or if there are a lot of you, please Contact Us with your specific requirements and we’ll come up with the best deal for you. If you need delivery, let us know and we can arrange that for you.

Our pricing structure is very straight forward. What you see on our website is what you pay! No silly added extras for seat height or handlebar adjustment, pedals are included in the rental price and if you need a helmet, that is also included.

Swedish ladies cycling in Luz-Saint-Sauveur

Luz-Saint-Sauveur - FAQs

Luz-Saint-Sauveur is arguably the best location for a cycling holiday in the Hautes Pyrenées, however, it’s not the easiest place to get to … On this page you’ll find more information on how to get to Luz and where to stay when you get here.

Very simple if you have your own car, a little more difficult by Public Transport.

We have tried to make it easy for you by listing all the available means of transport to get you to Luz-Saint-Sauveur. Click HERE for more details.

There are a number of Cycling Friendly hotels, Gites, Guest Houses and Campsites in Luz-Saint-Sauveur and also some a little further away in St. Savin and Argeles Gazost.

We’re not, but we have a selection of the best that we have worked with for many years and that we know well.  Click HERE for more details.

Considering that Luz-Saint-Sauveur is not a big place, there really are quite a huge number of Bars and Restaurants.

We can give you a map of the Town, (also available for the Tourist Office opposite our shop), that shows the best places to eat and drink …

Ardiden Velos Bike Rentals - FAQs

Below you’ll find a list of the questions most frequently asked by our Clients. When to pick up your bike, what documents are required, what’s included in your bike rental, etc.

We are open from mid April through to about the middle or end of October, dependant upon the weather.

During the summer months, we are open from 8.00am through to at least 7.30pm, 7 days a week. However, if you want to rent a bike and we’re not there, just call +33 609 553102 and some-one will come and meet you at the shop.

You will need a credit card or cash for payment and a piece of id, passport or similar, that you will need to leave with us. You will need a credit card for us to run a “pre-authorization” or a “caution” of between €300 and €800 per bike, depending on which bike.

The pre-authorization is not a charge, just a guarantee that funds are available in your account if there is any damage to the bike, the same as when you rent a car.

If you are renting for a full day or a number of days, you can pick the bike up after 6.00pm the evening before the first day of the rental.

If you are only renting  for a 1/2 day rental, you cannot pick up the bike the evening before. 1/2 day rentals are from 8.30am to 1.00pm or from 2.00pm to 6.30pm only.

All of our SCOTT,  BIANCHI and CUBE road bikes are fitted with 2 bottle cages. Our e-bikes and mountain bikes have 1 bottle cage only.

All our bikes are provided with a high pressure bike pump, (120 psi / 8.2bar) and a saddle bag with a spare inner tube, multi-tool kit, tire levers and a repair kit. 

For health reasons we don’t rent water bottles, so either bring your own, or you can buy 75cl spotty “Tourmalet” water bottles from Ardiden Velos.

Helmets are included with all bike rentals if required.

Regarding pedals, we have Shimano SPD, Shimano SPD/SL and Look Keo Classic pedals. If you use any one of these systems, just bring your shoes, otherwise you will need to bring shoes and pedals.

If you’re riding for any more than a few days, it’s a good idea to bring your own saddle. They are very easy to switch yourself, but please put the original saddle back on the bike at the end of the rental.

If you have your own Bike fit dimensions that will help us to set your bike up close to how you normally ride. Bear in mind that the road bikes that we rent are almost all a relaxed “endurance” style geometry, so they may or may not be the same as you’re used to at home.

They are however ideally suited to the local riding and are a lot more comfortable on the climbs than a race bike. You don’t need to be too aerodynamic schlogging your way up the Tourmalet at 10 km/hr …

All our road bikes and mountain bikes are provided with a spare inner tube, tire levers, a repair kit and a pump. If you are unlucky enough to have more than one puncture in a day, you still have everything you need to do the repair(s) yourself.

Our electric mountain bikes are fitted with Michelin Protek Max anti-puncture inner tubes, so no need to worry about punctures at all.

In case of a mechanical breakdown that doesn’t allow you to ride back to the shop, (for example a broken spoke) we will come and find you and fix the problem. There will be a business card with our contact information in the saddle bag.

In case of an accident, just make sure to call us, asap, so we can assist as required.

Local Weather

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