Why tour with Melbourne By Bike?
Smallest bike tour group size in Melbourne - 8 person maximum. Want an experience, much more than your average tour? Like to ask questions about a new location and get honest answers by a local? Other tour operators offer larger group tours to pre-established locations. We ask if you have any special interests prior to the tour and then also assess what you may enjoy seeing during the tour - tailoring it to you as we go.
Also, we take you for a casual lunch where we can talk much more and share stories.
The cycle tour route is dependent on;
1. where we commence (let me know where you are staying and we will start from as close to there as is possible),
2. your interests (happy to take you to specific places of interest to you), and
3. your riding ability (this determines what distance we travel).
Who is my Tour Leader likely to be?
Your tour leader could be Geoff or Michelle.
4+ hours. We will meet at 10.00am and the ride should conclude around 2.30pm.
9am start from the Port. (Start time can be flexible).
Cancellations under 3 days will incur a 100% fee. On wet weather days, you can reschedule or receive 100% money back.
There is no office. We meet at a Melbourne blue bikeshare station.
1. Federation Square (city)
2. St Kilda (warmer months only)
3. The Port (when the cruise ships come in)
There are 50 stations located throughout Melbourne. You can end your tour where we began or at a different bikeshare station.
Bikes Used for Tour?
Use of a bike and helmet are included in the cost of your tour. The tour usually utilises the Melbourne bikeshare scheme bikes. They are sturdy, well maintained city bikes. Wearing a helmet is compulsory in the state of Victoria (where Melbourne is). For more details about the bikes go to the Melbourne Bikeshare website
The cost for a tour is $109 per person which includes a 4+hour guided tour, bike, helmet and a casual lunch. We are fully insured and very interactive. We listen to what you want to see and then show you :)
Please bring along a water bottle and camera. Wear comfortable clothing, worn in layers, and sneakers.
You can pay using Credit Card, Paypal or directly into our bank account (from Australian account only).
Bike paths vs roads?
Where possible we will ride on bike paths but the network may not be sufficient for where we want to go.
Hence, we cannot say that 'we will not ride on roads' - we will have to.
We are very safety conscious. We give quite a thorough safety talk prior to commencing the tour.
If you are a nervous rider, we will happily teach you a few things you can do to be extra safe. We can start by riding on paths until you gain your confidence.
It is the law here that all cyclists must wear helmets. Helmets will be supplied.
Bringing a bag?
There is a small rack on the front of each bike that can hold a handbag or backpack there.
Just arriving from the airport and need somewhere to put your luggage?
There is an inexpensive service at Flinders Street Station (a major station in Melbourne, across the road from the Federation Square tour start location).
Please contact them prior to arriving to ensure your luggage will fit in the storage lockers - Travellers Aid luggage storage
History of Melbourne By Bike tours (since 2010)
Michelle began Melbourne By Bike out of a passion to ride her bike, meet new people and share her knowledge of the city she has grown up in. She couldn’t think of a better way to spend her days.
Michelle trained as a high school teacher in Physical Education, Maths and Health. Then, worked in sales and marketing, followed by a career organising large scale bike rides for up to 2,000 people at a time. After further post-graduate studies in Marketing, Michelle worked in the marketing department of a large multi-national food company before starting her family.