Anybody got any recommendations? Ideally somewhere that can do brakes with UK set up.

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sergius [561 posts] 11 months ago
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Not for Gran Canaria specifically - but make sure you try and arrange something in advance.  When I rocked up in Fuerteventura early this year (April), all the "proper" bike shops had nothing available as everything was already in use.

 

Luckily, the Apartments we were staying at had a sister resort up the road with some reasonable (planet X) bikes available.  If you always use both front and rear together as I do, I didn't find the brakes being reversed remotely problematic.

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Flying Scot [1005 posts] 11 months ago
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Just make youre UK bike contintal laced up, its more ‘pro’ anyway.

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don simon [2547 posts] 11 months ago
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https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=alquiler+bicis+gran+canaria&ie=utf-8&o...

And get over the brake thing, it's not hard remembering that things are a bit different.

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pablo [207 posts] 11 months ago
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freemotion. use them every year brand new bikes every season and lots of mechnics to maintain them.  i got back a few weeks ago i had a supersix evo ultegra disc it was faultless.  My brother-in-law had a specialised but for some reason it had mid compact gearing he struggled a bit so they changed the rings.  Not the cheapest but hassle free.  Ride up Pico Nieves you'll love it 8000ft in 40k from memory.

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SteeveB [32 posts] 11 months ago
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Freemotion are great. Not sure about the brakes; never felt the need to swap them over. 

+1 for the ride up Pico de Las Nieves. Great day out with a freemotion tour. Very sociable.

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Martyn_K [273 posts] 11 months ago
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Another vote for Free Motion. Service is excellent, bikes are faultless. I just got back from a week out there on a Specialized Tarmac 2018 which was awesome. We took advantage of their daily tours too which mean your group gets a guide, taking the hassle out of working out routes for yourself.

Regarding the brakes. I would not expect any companies to offer bikes with UK setup. The rear brake is in the right hand in Europe for safety. It is better to be dragging the rear brake while signalling left in the middle of a traffic lane as it offers more control. In the UK we drive on the wrong side of the road (in comparison to Europe) so our rear brake is swapped to the left hand.