Cycle Inishowen offer bike tours, holidays and rental in County Donegal, Ireland. They opened in April 2013 with a fleet of 15 Ridgeback Velocity bikes, supplied by Hollingsworth Cycles of Dublin. Co-Founder Michael Ogden explains the decision behind choosing Ridgeback as supplier and evaluates the bikes.
We wanted to make sure that we had a reliable bike that our customers would enjoy riding. As soon as we started looking for the best spec for the money we had to spend it became apparent that Ridgeback offered the best value. I had previous good experience with Ridgeback having bought the Speed model a few years back for commuting and a tour of Denmark. I didn’t know a great deal about bikes then but it never gave me any problems and was comfortable to ride. Since then I have done several bike tours in different parts of the world and have qualified with City & Guilds as a mechanic. The Velocity has Shimano components throughout, including the rear hub which is a marked advantage over other bikes in the same price bracket such as the Specialized Sirrus. The Acera/Altus drivetrain is incredibly smooth and easy to set up. The double-wall Rigida rims seem very robust, and the puncture protection tyres give peace of mind. The adjustable stem height is a really good feature for us because our customers come in all different shapes and sizes and the saddle adjustment alone wouldn’t be enough. We have had great feedback from customers about their experience. A good endorsement is the fact that two of our friends, after borrowing bikes from us, have bought one for themselves. We have just added a couple of ladies open frame bikes to our fleet and are equally impressed with these. We also have two MX24 kid’s bikes and cannot fault them.
Obviously the bikes are a massive part of our business and we did a lot of research before deciding on the Velocity. It is nice to see that they live up to expectations and we look forward to adding to our stock in the future.
Browse through our selection of Cycling Holidays below:
3 Night Tour - €450
Perfect for those who want the challenge of cycling to the end of the country; this is a short break with a large sense of achievement. Three nights accommodation and evening meals,accompanied by two days cycling in which you will cover 75km. This package has a good mix of different terrain levels and is a great taster of all the area has to offer.
5 Night Tour - €725
The five night package is a shorter version of the seven night itinerary and has four days of cycling covering 130km. This tour follows the peninsula along the same routes as the longer holiday but does not cover a complete loop. Starting at the neck of the peninsula, in Burt, the five night tour brings our cyclists up the west side of the peninsula, finishing with a trip to Malin Head, the most northerly point of Ireland.
7 Night Tour - €995
Our seven night itinerary is designed as a circuit to cover the whole peninsula (200km approx) and is our recommended holiday. Inishowen is often described as ‘Ireland in Miniature’ and this route shows that to best advantage. For those who want to really explore Inishowen and get a true feel for the area the seven night itinerary is the best option. This gives you plenty of time to make the most of your Donegal adventure and see the sights at your leisure – with plenty of cycling too!
Bespoke Tours - €POA
If you are interested in a bespoke tour for an event or a special group please get in touch. Whether you just want a good day out or a holiday designed especially for you we can help. Great day activity for a stag or hen party!