One of my clients recently filmed this uninterrupted video descending from La Escalona -Arona, Tenerife.
One of my clients recently filmed this uninterrupted video descending from La Escalona -Arona, Tenerife.
Getting into alternative energy these days has become more feasible than ever before. By that I mean that it is both more affordable (cheaper), you get more value (performance per dollar) and it’s easier to set up (modular construction). Not just have solar cells improved in their efficiency, but there are a whole host of low-power devices (LED lighting the first one that comes to mind) to get the most out of this technology. Of course, photovoltaic cells are improving of all the time by increasing their efficiency – even so, that thought alone shouldn’t postpone you from investing in this wonderful technology now. (more…)
For 2012 we have some new full-carbon road bikes with more on the way! First to arrive is a small Carbon Pro road model and large-sized nanolight.
It all started when I was in the local hardware store (Leroy Merlin) the other day, feeling rather bored. I love walking in there as it opens up so many possibilities for new projects. I’m the type of guy that always has to be occupied doing something, be it maintaining, modifiying existing components so they perform better than they did in their original state, or inventing something completely new.
Anyway, I walked down a new aisle called “alternative energy”. I was quickly impressed by how easy it looked to hook up all the energy & controller modules. I soon walked out of there with a 2W “solar battery charger” – better than nothing I thought, while I do some research on the other systems offered. I got home, promptly connected the solar charger to my motorcycle’s flat battery. My 8 year old neice in law had no idea what this new device was, further solidifying my belief that it was good to be emitting these new green vibes. I had it sitting there in the late afternoon for a few hours and it had still not generated enough juice to start the motor! Just a few turns of the starter motor was all I got. Somewhat disappointed, but thinking: for â‚¬24.95, what did I really expect? That’s a pretty lame foray into the world of solar.
Somewhat miffed, I just reminded myself that “more power” is the obvious way to go with solar panels. So I went back to Leroy Merlin the next day and sized up the different options. There were solar panels of all sizes, rigid, flexible, long and short. Even though there wasn’t much there to choose from, I walked away, scared by it all. Not just because of the initial cost, but the stigma attached to it all. Mulling it all over, I wondered: what are people going to think of someone who is paying â‚¬360 for a pair of 14W photovoltaic arrays? Aren’t I going to look like a dickhead, when a lot of the appliances I use are well over 500W? I hesitated and procrastinated so much, the security guys were starting to take notice! I looped around the store and got a basket and some other things first.
Then I noticed people wandering around, half of them lost, the remainder buying up all this stuff (with some restraint due to the financial crisis here in Spain). Who knows whether they really needed it or not. Meanwhile, I was facing some kind of reality shock. See, when I was in my early twenties, I decided my goal in life was to have a “minimum impact on the environment”. And here I am, a decade later, not doing anything even remotely green. Okay, for sure I turn off all the lights whenever possible (and there are no tungsten bulbs anywhere in my house or car), but so what? That’s the least you can do. Otherwise, you’re a bit of a moron, right?
My aim for this project was to light the back of my new van so that when I deliver a bike in the dark, there is ample light to do any adjustments, change pedals, etc. Street light is pretty feeble and it just doesn’t look like a very professional setup when you can’t even show people the best bike routes on a map because it’s too dark. The plan is to install some flexible solar panels on van’s roof, where there’s plenty of stray light already going to waste (reflections, heat and whatnot). I am also planning to at least recharge my mobile phone, laptop, credit card reader and possibly a few other devices like my cordless drill, etc. At least it’s a start. Because it’s modular, I can always add to the system – I’ve calculated that the roof of the Renault Trafic will fit up to 6 solar panels, giving a total power generation of 84W. That’s something to look forward to. If it all goes well, eventually we’ll get the desktop computer off the grid too.
"In just one hour, the Sun transmits more energy to the surface of the Earth than what humanity consumes in one year"
This was my moment of self truth. A little fatter now than I used to be and about to commit to this new diesel van for work purposes, I felt environmentally obliged to invest in something good for the planet for once. Like someone was watching over me, something akin to the Truman show (how long does it take this member of society to buck the trend; we’ve made it so accesible for him?). Can I really afford four or five hundred Euros? Not really. Can I afford not to do it? No freakin’ way! (more…)
It’s been two years in development and now we can finally release our newest product, Vertebrae Anubis. This is a slimline black ceramic gear housing for campagnolo 11 speed ergolevers. Of course its lighter, sleeker, more expensive than the original Vertebrae and most importantly, no modifications are necessary to the ergolevers. Here’s what it looks like assembled.
I’m interested in a cycling holiday in Tenerife in early January, and will probably be using your rental service.
At this point, may I ask whether you organise group rides? I prefer riding with others, but doubt I can persuade any friends to come with me.
(by the way, I think your site is great. Very professional, well written, well laid out, etc. Well done.)
For now it isn’t feasible for us (me) to offer guided group rides. We did offer them in the past but they weren’t that successful due to the following factors:
* Even small groups would split up bigtime wherever any climbing was concerned.
* Lack of fitness of participants.
* Lack of fitness of the guide! Take this to mean it was simply too difficult to maintain a full-time growing business andan almost pro like level of fitness for the faster clientele (regardless of whether there were potential clients or not).
* Full time training was a major physical exertion compared to the earnings (sometimes only 20-30â‚¬ per day).
* Whenever I was out riding, the time available to do the required admin, bike maintenance, emails, marketing, etc was reduced.
* Then finally there’s the old liability thing which rears its ugly head, being the group leader you are essentially responsible for the safety of the group.
* All this info lead my tax advisor to advise me not to do the rides anymore.
The best thing is to book early and you will obviously get the best selection of bikes. We can always help you with the best routes to follow, etc.
Look forward to hearing from you!
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I am planning a holiday in Tenerife later this year and I would like to do some cycling. I can cycle but I would like to improve my confidence and ability in a relatively safe environment.
Great! What would you like to know?
Tenerife is a safe enough place for cycling regarding other road traffic… nevertheless, there are certain roads to avoid because of high levels of traffic or poor quality road surfaces. Quieter mountain roads are better than coastal routes.
Also, most accidents we have seen are due to rider error (going down around corners too fast and mixing up front/rear brakes for example). Tenerife is also not the best place to learn with clipless pedals due to the abundance of hill starts. The flattest road for beginner cyclists is between Granadilla de Abona and GÃ¼imar which undulates along road TF28.
Hope this is of some help.
Here is a nice route via GuÃa de Isora, Chio and Arguayo, leaving from Abama.
The Masca route via Tamaimo and Santiago del Teide, also leaving from Abama. Return via Buenavista del Norte, Garachico, El Tanque & Erjos. Note the location of the start of the El Tanque climb.
A much shorter loop maybe for the first/last day or else a “recovery ride”.
You can also travel up the road directly opposite Abama and then link up with TF465. They’re not connected on google maps, but with a bicycle you can do it.
Here’s a unique map we recently found hidden on the Cabildo website. It’s a traffic density map of Tenerife showing the average number of cars per day on each road (numbers marked in bold). The red figures indicate the percentage of “heavy vehicles” (I expect that means ones weighing in greater than 3,500 kg MMA (maximum authorised mass). It’s in pdf format and can be downloaded by clicking on the thumbnail image to the left…
With just over 2 months notice, Iâ€™d like to annouce that weâ€™ll be closed from 08/06/2011 to 18/07/2011. This means bike hire and guided rides wonâ€™t be possible during that time. Of course the website will continue to function and Iâ€™ll administer it while Iâ€™m away. Throughout the June July period weâ€™ll also still be able to answer emails and take advanced bike reservations for the 2011 Summer & Autumn seasons. All current bookings for this period will be respected (currently thereâ€™s only one so Chiqui will take care of that).
The pro bike hire service will resume as normal after that date. We are of course happy to take bookings now for the remainder of July, as well as August, September, October, November and December 2011.
For those of you thinking about renting a car in Tenerife, I think it’s a great idea. If you’re a cyclist wanting to make the most of your cycling holiday, or just a casual tourist, hiring a car allows you the freedom to go wherever you and want, whenever you want. It’s surprisingly cheap to rent a car here too! Before you go ahead, I do have a few recommendations as far as local driving culture is concerned…
The roads on Tenerife are something else. Even though everything is well signposted, driving here isn’t what you’d call ‘easy’. In fact, the word “extreme” comes to mind, because there are almost no flat or straight roads here. Now, with that in mind, know that local drivers are accustomed to driving on these roads over and over and over again, hence most of them get a tremendous amount of practice driving on this little island. See where I’m going with this…? (more…)
Many thanks for the great service last week. Great place to cycle: the ascent of Teide is one of the great European climbs. Great weather. Lovely roads. Good bike, beautifully presented. Prompt service and fantastic back up during the week.
I’ll be recommending you to cycling friends.
â€” Crispin Oliver, February 2011.
Just a thankyou for making a very decent bike available to me in Tenerife. As I would expect from somebody of your background the set up fitted me like a glove and the gear change and brakes felt very slick (glad you put the new brakeblocks on).I was Billy No mates on all my 6 outings 3 times up to Arona once to Vilaflor and twice easy cycling to Las Galletas 240k in total and managed to do it without disrupting the wife’s holiday.I have given you a plug on my cycling club forum which is www.hinckleycrc.org which you can read under Cycling Chitchat, “Tenerife Training”. Nobody has posted a reply I think they are Jealous.
We’ve already booked for next year coming out on 17th of January for 2 weeks so I’ll be in touch.
â€” David Evans. January 2011.
Thanks again for your usual professional service with the bike hire last week. Don’t understand how anybody would want to bring their own bike, rather than hire, its great being able to give you the bike back at the end of the week, rather than the worry of taking your own bike back.Highlights of the week for me-â—‹ Icod del Alto (worth the climb up for the veiws)
â—‹ Mount Teide (as always,I don’t count kms travelled in Tenerife, only metres climbed)
â—‹ La Matanza (locals thinking I was mad doing a 25% climb as a short cut- there was no way I was going to get off the bike, with them watching!)
Top tip- Always take at least arm warmers up to Teide, even if it is sunny on the way up, it will be cold descending. Above all follow the advise on the TT website- it is there for a reason
Many thanks once again
â€” Geoff Whitlow – Devon. December 2010.
Thanks again for meeting me. The larger map turned out to be the most useful to me as the detail came in handy. I absolutely loved the riding on the island and managed ~850 km while I was there. I particularly liked the climb up TF-421 from Garachico to El Tanque. I hope to make it back to do some of the southern climbs or spend more time in the Anaga range. Anage was great, but wet and consequently cut short.Cheers,
â€” Brian, December 2010.
Thanks for the email, back in dark england now, but will definately recommend you guys to anyone heading over, really appreciate your local knowledge and when I get back I’ll definately look to go out for tour with you guys.Take care,
â€” jodi – UK. December 2010.
I was very pleased about your service and your bike. You have an excellent business, keep it this way.I was so happy about it that I posted an advice on my FB page. I have lots of solar physicists as friends that may be interested in your services.Â Enjoy,
â€” Thierry Appourchaux – France, November 2010.
Very nice to meet you last week mate, a very professional outfit you have set up. Thanks very much for your great service with the bike. It was in great condition and having a working odometer attached saved me having to do anything. I was just reading again your description of the climb up from the north of the island on and it brought back the memories (horrors!!!) of last week.The worst part was riding up from las Americas and turning left at La Camella on the TF51. A short distance along this road there is a sign saying El Teide 42km. That makes the whole climb just short of 48km or 29 miles which is why it took me over 3 hours to complete. The descent on the TF21 back down to Vilaflor was superb though…including overtaking a car at about 70kph. (I thought I’d wait to e-mail you about that one instaed of telling you as I handed the bike back!)The final ride was up to Vilaflor but the legs were too tired to take me up any further…or was it the aftereffects of the previous night’s consumption?!
Anyway, great holiday and great bike service. Hope all goes well with your business.
â€” Chris England – Lancashire. June 2010.
We enjoyed our cycling in Tenerife very much, even though we’re not used to the steep terrain. All your advice that you provided by mail, in person and on your web site was extremely valuable to us.The bikes were of very good condition and great, my girlfriend still misses the great brakes that were on her bike! We would highly recommend your website and services for anyone interested in getting some cycling during some winter sun holiday.Â The views that we saw while cycling in Anaga, Teide and Masca regions were marvelous, the roads were in great condition and we had no issue with cars as some of the areas were indeed very isolated.
â€” Sarunas Vancevicius – Ireland. March 2010.
We would like to thank you for your great service and assistance during and before our holiday on Tenerife. We plan to cycle again at the end of this year – and be sure, we will be hiring bikes from you again.Thanks and Best Regards,
â€” AndrÃ© Wachsmann, January 2010.
Leslie, Just to say thanks for the bike you provided and the support you gave me when I came over to Tenerife late December 2009.
The bike was spot-on — good specification and obviously well maintained. Like many cyclists coming to Tenerife, I wondered whether it would be better to bring my own bike, or hire one of yours. Quite frankly, I cannot see any argument in favour of bringing your own, in terms of the UK at least, bringing your own bike is more expensive, a lot more hassle and with the added worry of not knowing what will happen to it during transit. Very few cyclists are that good that bringing your own bike would make that much difference “to your performance”. I would recommend that visitors concentrate on bringing their own shoes, gloves, helmet etc , none of which takes up too much baggage allowance.
You also provided great advice on the routes to ride and which roads to avoid, which greatly added to my enjoyment of the five days I rode a bike. Hopefully, the next time I will visit it will be part of a club group, I am still telling them all how wonderful the experience was.
Best wishes for 2010.
â€” Geoff Whitlow, UK. December 2009.
Arrived home safe in Bonnie Scotland. Many thanks for your assistance with the hire of the Merida 880 bike and track pump. It was a great service and I enjoyed my 18 days cycling in Tenerife very much. As I said I had absolutely no problems with the hire and everything worked like a swiss watch. The only thing I needed to do was adjust the saddle height to suit me and change the back tyre (which was my fault) for doing an emergency stop at a crossing. Changing the tyre was very easy as everything was in good mechanical order and a spare cover was provided by you.
Here are the pictures I promised you. If you wish to put any of them on your website then please go ahead and do so.
Many thanks and good luck. I hope to see you again in the future.
â€” Ian Russell, UK. December 2009.
Many thanks for the bikes… will recommend you to all cyclists/triathletes coming to Tenerife & send an email to you on return to UK.
â€” Chris & Vicky Morris, November 2009
The most amazing cycling trip ever! Thanks so much.
â€” Chris Ricketts, Southampton, UK. April 2009.
Your website is GREAT!!! Lots of the information I was looking for was there. Thanks!
â€” Thomas KÃ¤llander. February 2009.
For my first ever ride on a road bike I chose to ride up from Puerto to the crater of Volcano Teide! Amazing climb, stunning summit, and unbelievable (and extemely cold!) descent back down. The bike, helmet, pedals, shoes, and much needed water bottle were all excellent and great value. Booking and pick up of the bike was easy and we have already booked flights back at the end of June when we will be renting again.
â€” Tim (Birmingham, England). February 2009.
Danke fÃ¼r die Informationen auf der Website.
Genau diese Infos habe ich gesucht.SchÃ¶ne GrÃ¼ÃŸe
â€” Johannes WeÃŸling, December 2008.
â€” Andy Davis, November 2008.
Hello, I would like to rent a bike for three days, but have still a few questions in mind:
1. what if e.g. one week before my renting starts there is a rain forecast for my rental days, is there a possibility to change days or cancel without cost – what’s your policy on this?
2. my current bike has a sloping frame (Specialized Roubaix) size 56. Virtual top tube length 56,5cm (+11cm stem) and effective seat tube 56cm. Would you have the 56cm Pro-Lite Cumeo Rival or Ultegra available?
3. Ok to change my own saddle on the bike?
4. would there be any open group rides organized that I could join?
To answer your questions:
1) Most people do not cancel due to the weather. Will your airline or hotel refund your holiday because of rain? It is just a case of luck with the weather. If you don’t want to commit & reserve a bike, you will almost
certainly miss out during christmas time.
2) We only have a 56cm Pro Lite bike available on the 12th & 13th of December, for 2 days (shimano ultegra, compact cranks). Otherwise if you want a bike for three days, there is a 58cm leader 730R road bike
3) Yes that is definitely okay. You can attach any of your own equipment to the bikes. GPS, make handlebar adjustments, etc.
Around 3 years ago you gave me invaluable info for my journey to Tenerife…this year I’m again heading to Playa Amaricas with my family…
Im doing3 routes…
I’m going up to Satiago Del Teide…then down to Masca…onto Buena Vista Norte then up the hairpins at Garachico and back over the Erjos Pass back to Santiago Del Teide and back through Chip to Las amaricas…I’ve done this in reverse the last time (swine of a climb out of Masca) so know I can get water in stretegic places..
I’m also doing Teide from San Miguel…up through Granadillo and onto the TF21 up to Vilaflor…to Boca Tauce…
Water is the thing thats worrying me…Will I get water in the Las Canadas Crater at the cable car?
My 3rd outing is the most worrying….
Im gonna get dropped off at Guimar by Taxi…then onto Arafo and up the TF523 to Teide…I’ll be heading passed Azana through the Las Canadas crater back down thru Vilaflor to Las Americas…water is worrying me! Will I get water at El Portillo?….is there nowhere else to refuel between Arafo and El Portillo?…its pretty worring me…especially in August heat…
Any help you can offer would be truly appreciated..
Yep, I’m pretty sure I remember you, from bikeradar forums, right? To answer your questions:
Looks like you know what you’re doing with the Erjos/Masca loop… like you say, it is a difficult one if you do it in reverse!
> Water is the thing thats worrying me…Will I get water in the Las Canadas Crater at the cable car?
Yes you can get water at the base of the cable car; I’m pretty sure there is a restaurant there but I never take much notice as I always bypass it. Before you reach that, you will arrive at a small hotel with restaurant & cafÃ© called “El Parador”. That’s a few kilometres (1 or 2?) before the base of Mt. Teide.
You can also get water in Vilaflor on the way up- that’s the last reliable water source before reaching El Parador.
> Im gonna get dropped off at Guimar by Taxi…then onto Arafo and up the TF523 to Teide…I’ll be heading passed Azana through the Las Canadas crater back down thru Vilaflor to Las Americas…water is worrying me! Will I get water at El Portillo?….is there nowhere else to refuel between Arafo and El Portillo?…its pretty worring me…especially in August heat…
That sounds like a great route and I think you will be rewarded in planning it!
You will definitely get water in both Arafo and then in El Portillo. A few kilometres past El Portillo there are two more restaurant-cafÃ©s either side of the road. Then you’ll go past El Parador again (th emost expensive of the lot). Besides those three places (and maybe the base of Mt Teide), you won’t find anywhere else that I’m aware of to refuel between Arafo & Vilaflor. There is one place along road TF24 somewhere but I can’t remember if it’s after the Arafo junction or not… I’ve just tried in vain to find out but I’ve already spent a good 20 minutes searching with no results. It’s like a lodge log cabin thing and I’m pretty sure it’s
closer to La Esperanza.
I would make sure you bring two 750ml bottles (Decathlon even sell 1L versions) or else do like we do in OZ and get a camelback and/or two bottles which hang off the back of your seat like you see in the triathlons…
Currently in Australia (Sydney) on a business trip for vertebrae components so I’m not around to make any phonecalls for you regarding the location of that other unknown restaurant, etc. won’t be back until mid-August & I’m looking forward to tackling all those roads once again…
One more thing: There’s another log-cabin style bar at the top of the climb coming out of Vilaflor [called "Las Lajas"]. It’s on the left, just at the crest of the climb, pretty much right below the treeline. If you start veering to the right and then back down left and down into Boca Tauce (a 200m descent), you’ve past it. I’m not sure of the opening times and it is $$$.
Hope that helps,
I’m a keen mountain biker and road cyclist and wish to get some rides in while visiting Tenerife. Was planning on being there in Oct and Dec, will the weather be good enough for the rides you mention on your website?
Also if are the mountain bike trails easy to follow if I was to cycle alone?
Yes, the weather will be cooler obviously but still rideable. In fact the December-April period is our busiest time – most of our clients who rent bikes come down from Northern Europe to cycle here then & escape their own Winter.
It will be colder up the mountain, so you will likely need arm & leg warmers. It’s a good idea to bring a thin windshell jacket + gloves for the December visit too! Check out our Weather & info page for more info about the climate…
The mountain trails are not all that easy to follow as they aren’t really marked. But all you really have to do is point your bike downhill in the direction of the sea, and you can’t go too far wrong.
The best map is the Kompass 233, available here.
On the road it is completely different – all roads are clearly signposted with a TF designation.
Hope this helps.
There are many apartments and villas in Tenerife – needless to say- but not all of them are what they say they are. So after 5 years of delivering bikes all over Tenerife and having seen a lot of different properties ourselves in the flesh, we decided to write this list of what we consider as the best apartments, rural houses & private villas. We’ve included links as some of these places are not easy to find online otherwise. Here’s the link to the top ten hotels in Tenerife.
This is without a doubt one of the most exclusive villas in Tenerife and also has a long heritage. Villa Preciosa has recently been totally renovated and the attention to detail is amazing. Here you can relax in your very own private bar, pool (heated if you desire), and surrounds. Even the bathrooms exude luxury!
The owner is your typical Mr Fixit, so everything works. It’s a very cute little house which has a charming rustic theme. Worth mentioning that the owners are into recycling & ecological gardening.
consistently has the highest tripadvisor ratings of any property in Tenerife, regardless of location or status.
One of the best modern hotel/apartments in the Puerto de la Cruz zone. Also has a great kitchen and bar, so in that sense it’s more like a hotel.
This place probably has the best vantage point on the island, located atop a true 300m cliff with views out over neighbouring island La Palma and the Atlantic ocean.
Located in a very secluded spot in La Romantica, Los Relejos; nevertheless, it’s right on the coast and is a great place to stay if you’re looking for peace and quiet.
Located in Los Cristianos, it’s just like the website shows…
Also located in Los Cristianos, it is clean and well-maintained.
We’ve become quite fond of our our official delivery van since getting it late last year. It’s a 2004 Ford Transit connect, with a 1.8L turbo diesel engine delivering 75ps. This is an ex-rental van from Molina rentacar. We have since fixed up the interior a bit and added the Pro Bike Hire signwriting and then not long after, the name “Molly” stuck. We’ve tried out a number of similar small vans like the Citroen berlingo and VW caddy, but they are just not as practical as the transit connect.
Unfortunately, about six weeks ago, Molly’s engine exploded. Here’s basically what happened: The day before, we heard an unusual sound coming from the engine bay. We stopped as soon as we could and checked the engine temperature & oil level, both seemingly ok, but the sound grew worse as we came home. The very next day, we had another delivery to do in the South of Tenerife. In hindsight, we shouldn’t have taken the van that day, we should’ve taken it straight to the mechanics. But we assumed it was the fanbelt and that another hundred kilometres or so wouldn’t be detrimental. (more…)
There has been an “Extreme wind risk” issued by the spanish medioambiente site for Tenerife on Monday the 29th of November 2010. I.e. tomorrow!
There are also simultaneous “rain” and “coastal” risk alerts. The maximum gust of wind is predicted to be 170 km/h, with a 40%-70% probability. So yes, this is a serious weather alert folks…
There are three (four?) alert levels:
No Risk Risk Important Risk Extreme Risk.
It’s normal for there to be a few sub-tropical storms in the Canary Islands, especially at the start of Winter. This happens when snow is dumped on the peak of Mt Teide. The main danger for all road users are gale force winds, which can cause trees, branches and rocks to fall onto the road surface or vehicles themselves. The chances of this provoking other accidents is greater than normal, due to reduced visibility around blind corners, etc. Cars, trucks and buses may then swerve to avoid obstacles. Therefore, it’s highly reccommended that you don’t cycle at this time, especially above 1000 masl where the wind level is always esculated.
Last year a whole bunch of pine trees (hundreds!) fell down in the area called “chanajiga” in the North of Tenerife. That landscape is still scarred today by strong winds such as these. Anyway, the good news for tourists is that the weather forecast for Tuesday is much improved, with just the “rain” risk currently in place.
This is just a quick note to say that apart from other green measures we are taking, it’s worth noting that the Tenerife Training website is also hosted by a green server. What the hell does that mean? Well, it means that the people who host all our files use wind energy instead of energy derived from oil or nuclear sources. In simple terms, it means that when other people see our website, the information that we provide 24 hours a day to the world is accessed through the use of green energy.
We’ve been to enough hotels in the past 5 years to know which ones stand out above the rest. Hereâ€™s the link to the top ten villas & apartments in Tenerife.
Rather than list all the hotels that we don’t recommend, here’s my personal list of favourite places to stay on the island: