A bike, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
You can’t enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. To that end, B&R has teamed up with some of the world’s leading bike manufacturers—Bianchi (USA), Cannondale (USA), Rocky Mountain (Canada) and Pinarello (Italy)—to custom-design a fleet of the very best hybrid touring and racing bikes around. On a B&R trip, your bike isn’t an afterthought or an extra; we build it into the price of your trip. And it really is your bike: tailored to your height, weight and riding specifications, it’ll be ready and waiting for you at the start of each day’s ride. It even has your name on it.
Your Wheels in Europe
For our European fleet, we offer custom-made flat-handlebar Bianchi hybrids and dropped-handlebar Bianchi racing bikes—to suit all levels of experience, from novice to pro. For 2015, we offer the opportunity to upgrade to a carbon fiber framed elite racing bike. Please inquire for more details.
BIANCHI HYBRID BIKE
A hybrid bike with flat handlebars with a heavier frame and wider tires. If you don’t cycle a road or racing bike regularly, we recommend the hybrid. With thicker tires and a heavier frame it will provide you with a wonderfully stable yet agile ride.
BIANCHI RACING BIKE WITH DROPPED HANDLEBARS*
A racing bike with dropped handlebars with a light frame and thin tires. This is the typical road or racing bike; it’s ideal for bike routes with a lot of hills as its light frame and thin wheels won’t hinder you as you climb. The dropped bars give you a more aerodynamic position as well.
SCOTT E-VENTURE ELECTRIC-ASSIST BIKE
Assistance Whenever it’s Needed Our Scott E-Venture bikes are regular pedal bikes that provide electric assistance whenever you want it. With both the battery and the drive train in the center of the bike frame, this electric-assist bike is as stable as they come. With four different assist-level modes, state-of-the-art Bosch drive system, and an extremely comfortable ride, this bike offers it all. Learn everything you need to know about e-bikes in Butterfield & Robinson’s Know Before You Go Video. E-bikes are available on a first come, first served basis and there will be a modest upgrade fee for using them.
Your Wheels in the Rest of the World
Wherever we go around the world, we make sure that we use bikes best suited to the local terrain. That’s why we have Cannondale and Rocky Mountain hybrids on most of our non-European biking trips. And for those destinations where the road quality is up to the challenge, we offer Pinarello racing bikes, also available in eight frame sizes.
CANNONDALE HYBRID BIKE
A hybrid bike with flat handlebars with a heavier frame and wider tires. If you don’t cycle a road or racing bike regularly, we recommend the hybrid. With thicker tires and a heavier frame it will provide you with a wonderfully stable ride.
CANNONDALE FLAT BAR ROAD BIKE
Racing bike with flat handlebars with a light frame and thin tires. This is a road/racing bike in that it’s light and has the thin tires but with the flat handle bars it is perfect for people who love the road bike agility and like to be upright to see the sights around them or to protect their lower backs (for those with back problems).
CANNONDALE DROP BAR ROAD BIKE
A racing (or ‘road’) bike with dropped handlebars, a light frame and thin tires. Custom-designed by Cannondale, it is ideal for hillier itineraries and/or travellers who intend to ride long options as well. The dropped handlebars give you three choices of riding position for diversity, in addition to a more aerodynamic position. Racing bikes are equipped with handlebar bags but rear racks are not possible.
*Racing bikes may not be conducive with the terrain found on your trip. Your Travel Advisor will confirm this.