Bike Rentals along the German Danube
Have you ever seen your beloved bicycle put on a conveyor belt at the airport's oversize baggage counter and disappearing in a big black hole? We can tell you, it makes you cry! We never got a bike back without damage?
Even if you plan to take the train, ICE long haul trains in Germany will not carry your bike. Other long haul trains, like the InterCity (IC) and the Eurostar do. In any event, check with your carrier beforehand.
A hint: If you take off the front wheel and have an old sheet wrapping around your bike, it is officially luggage allowed to be taken in an ICE. However, the train's service personnel may not like it and refuses the carriage, notably on connections that operate on a good capacity.
Just an idea: What about traveling to the starting point of your cycle tour with all your gear inside your panniers, buy a new bicycle and start cycling. Bring a lock and your saddle from home and get the saddle mounted to your new friend. Also, ask the dealer to change the tyres for puncture proof ones.
Seriously! what is supposed to happen? Bring a few basic tools to adjust and fix what might get loose after the first 20 or 50 miles, usually a 5mm and a 6mm allen key will do. Estimate €500 to €600 for a suitable bike (maybe €400 for a cheap one) - certainly an interesting option if you plan to cycle for more than three weeks. And at the end, go to a bicycle shop and resell it, or donate it to an organisation of your choice.
Bike Rental Service in Donaueschingen
- Radcenter Rothweiler: You will find the bike shop in the center of Donaueschingen, just about 800yds away from the main station. Bicycles get rentet out at €14 per day. The shop is open Mo/Tu/Th/Fr from 9.30 am to 6 pm exept from 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm (lunch break). Wednesday only 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and Saturday 9.30 am to 2 pm. A pick-up service from any place between Donaueschingen and Passau is available and costs €45 per bike. (If you rent your bicycle(s) for more than a week, consider to ask for a discount. Other rental stations along the Danube take less money.) Use the form on their website to request your bicycle. Don't forget to put in your height and where to pick it up at the end. (E-bikes are available as well: €25 a day)
Bike Rental Service in Regensburg
- Rent A Bike Regensburg: Well situated next to the main station on the left when you get out of the building (Hauptbahnhof Regensburg), a bike is between €9 to €13 per day, open Mondays to Saturdays from 10 am to 7 pm, a pick-up service from Passau is available at a surcharge of about €30 per bike
Bike Rental Services in Passau
- Rent A Bike Passau: situated at the western end at Passau's main train station, a bike is between €9 and €13 per day, open seven days a week from March to October (9 am to 12:30 pm and 3 pm to 6 pm), a pick-up service from all along the route to Vienna is available (surcharge of about €30 per bike), they also sell parts in the shop
- Fahrrad-Klinik Passau: a bike shop next to Altes Bräuhaus tavern within the old town of Passau, bikes from €10 to €13 per day, e-bikes and tandems are available as well, open Mondays to Fridays (9 am to 6 pm, with one siesta hour at noon), open also Saturday forenoons, a pick-up service from a specific hotel 5 miles before Vienna is available (surcharge of about €25 per bike)
- Fahrradladen-Passau: a small shop at the northwest end of Passau's old town, next to the Danube and the cycle path, a bike is between €9 and €13 per day, tandems and e-bikes are available as well, open Mondays to Fridays 8 am to 6 pm and on Saturdays 8 am to 2 pm, bicycle return beyond business hours via lockable bike boxes 150yd away from the shop
Some final thoughts
Check the bike that you get intensely. Do you feel comfortable when cycling? Also, ask for a saddle that feels good. Do the brakes work properly? Are the gears shifting precisely? Is something rattling or squeaking? One more minute spent here might safe a day with a broken bicycle or an annoyng noise from your vehicle.
Rental services in Germany provide either bicycles with derailleur gear systems or with internal hub gear systems. Both work perfectly for what you intent to do. But keep in mind that the hub gear systems often will not allow you to back-pedal here. When back-pedalling you will operate the brake. Check this beforehand or get used to it.
(We mention those pitfalls only since we want to make sure you really enjoy the ride and have the holiday of your life.)