Reader Q&A: Bike hire in Nantes

Published by Lyn on 25 August 2013

A reader emailed this week to ask about bike hire in Nantes. Here's our Q&A.

Kids enjoying the sunshin in Nantes. Photo: Patrick Garçon, Nantes Métropole

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We are looking to rent 2 bikes in Nantes  on about Sept 10. The only listing you have, Detours de Loire, has no bikes available at this time. Are there any other bike rentals in Nantes or close by?
Thanks for your email

I have had readers previously enquire about bike hire in Nantes and there seem surprisingly few bike rental outlets in Nantes compared to other cities. This seems especially strange given the city's proximity to the Nantes-Brest Canal and as a gateway to the Loire Valley. (I'd be interested to hear from anyone out there who has experience hiring bikes in or around Nantes, and for any other recommended bike hire shops in Nantes.)
If Detours de Loire have no availability, click here for another place the tourist board has recommended: They have singles and tandems.
You can reserve bikes in advance via this page.

Depending on the type of bikes you need/type of riding you're doing, Nantes has a public bike hire scheme, called Bicloo, which may be an option for you.
Here is another option for bikes by the day and 1/2 day, though they are town bikes rather than tourers.

I hope that helps - it would be good to hear how you get on.
PS I've added these two new Nantes bike rental options to my Pays de la Loire bike hire listings for future reference.

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