Can anyone point me to a decent road bike hire place in Valencia? I'm going there in a few weeks time and having done a Google search most places seem to only offer city bikes or fairly low end road bikes.
I have the same problem! Did you find anything? If so I'd be keen to hear your tips.
Well... I ended up getting some wheels from www.ciclosbenavent.com in Gandia (~35 miles south of Valencia), which we were staying closer to. It was an old (probably 2002), and slightly too small (I flipped the stem - but still suffered with neck ache for a few days...) Giant TCR 1. It was well loved, with period Campy Record bits (non compact - which was unwelcome on some of those climbs!) and new(ish) Mavic Cosmic wheels.
I found Ciclos Benavent from a Google search. However, I later realised that there are some stores in town which might have a better/more modern hire fleet (including Trek and Specialized stores).
Would be interesested to hear how you get on, as I may well go back there.
Have a email chat with Adam (office [at] citruscycling.co.uk) at Citrus, he'll be able to sort you out or point you in the right direction. he's further south.
I rented from DOYOUBIKE (http://www.doyoubike.com/rental/en/alquiler/ is the link to the English hire page - the language tab is hard to find!) and would recommend them.
The bikes were Merida RaceLites, entry level but decent - carbon fork, alu frame, stock wheels (Alexrims I think), new Tiagra on most of them (which I was impressed with by the way). We road them up to Morella through the national parks, which was bloody hard work, and I didn't hate the bike by the end.
If you're renting for a few days the price is very reasonable, and the staff were very nice and accommodating – they lent us free helmets and locks, let us pick up the bikes the evening before the rental period started so we could set off early the next day, and most importantly, when I accidentally reserved the bikes for the week before I needed them they emailed me to check why I hadn't picked them up and changed the booking for free.