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Red Spokes Adventure Tours

Company rating: 4 out of 5 with 6 reviews
Red Spokes Adventure Tours

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Average user rating from: 6 users

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4.1 (6)
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3.8 (6)
Hotel / Accommodations
3.8 (6)
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3.8 (6)
Bike Quality
4.0 (2)
Value
4.2 (6)
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REVIEWED BY JP on Feb 27, 2020

Stunning tour

What a tour! As a lifetime cyclist I've been doing assisted, guided and solo bike journeys since the 70's and have come to think of myself as tough to please and impossible to surprise; however this tour changed that. This was my first encounter with the Highlands by bike; and it never disappointed. Breathtaking beyond words, with every corner and summit hiding a vista more beautiful than the one before. The route was fantastic and balanced well. There are some tough climbs on the shorter days, but this was off set with longer breaks and great support with a range of food, drink and shelter to keep us going. The weather gods blessed most of the journey, with one exception. Mull seemed like it might be beautiful - but as seen from the inside of a weatherproof hood it was hard to tell most of the time! Logistics were occasionally tight in order to make the first and last ferries, however this was all within the expectations of such an undertaking. The guides were always friendly and briefed us well and the day always allowed for time to enjoy each town. A couple of lesser experienced cyclist found it difficult and took exception to changes in plan, however I enjoyed the mucking in and adapting where we had to. This was the highlands after all and it occasionally lived up to its name. I met some fantastic people and made some new cycling friends. The food was generally good with there being somewhat limited options in a couple of towns, but the friendly reception and good facilities everywhere made up for this. Once again, the scenery and route are exceptional and where the heart of this tour lies. I can't believe I've let the Highlands escape as a cycling destination before, and have already planned to tour there again this year.

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Location of Tour

Scotland

Your Location

England

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Overall rating
4.2
Guide Quality
4.0
Hotel / Accommodations
4.0
Food
3.0
Bike Quality
4.0
Value
5.0
Customer Service
5.0

REVIEWED BY Charlene Treker on Oct 5, 2019

Redspokes Scotland 500

I’ve done more than 30 bike tours and have never been on a tour as difficult or as disorganized as this one. I strongly advise even the strongest cyclist to avoid this tour. I inquired prior to the start of the trip about the gradients. I was assured that the tour was “mostly 4 to 5% grades”, with one short grade of 20%. In reality there were very few 4 to 5% grades. Every day there was between 2,500 and 4,000 feet of elevation gain, and most grades were between 8 and 15%. One day there was 3 continuous miles of 10 and 11% gradient. The information I had received in advance of the tour was very misleading. The tour planning was unrealistic. For example: on the day we cycled around the Isle of Mull we took a ferry and then a bus to the starting point. By the time we started to ride it was 12:15 pm and we had not yet eaten lunch. We were to cycle 40 miles with 4,000 feet of elevation gain. The last ferry left the island at 5:10 pm. Partway through the ride the guides sent us into the only restaurant en route for lunch. Ten or fifteen minutes later the guides informed us that we had to leave (without yet having eaten lunch), or we would miss the last ferry. Lunch then became candy bars and cookies from the support van. We raced to catch the ferry; there was no time for additional snacking or even a photo stop. At 4:30 pm the support van driver parked at the side of a road and encouraged us on by telling us that the ferry was 3.5 miles away. The ferry turned out to be about 7 miles from where the van had been parked and we just made it. We took the ferry to the other side, arriving there at about 5:30 and we still had a few miles to ride to our final destination. We consistently left an hour or later after the appointed starting time. The participants were ready at the appointed time but the two guides and support van driver fumbled around for an additional hour or so. We usually arrived at our destination between 5:30 and 7:00 pm. The restaurants in the small towns that we stayed in usually closed at 8:00 pm so many of the evenings were hectic. There were no paper cue sheets and the guides regularly changed the pre-planned routes so that our GPS tracks were of limited use. This meant that we had to stay together as a group. It was frustrating for the faster cyclists who were usually instructed to wait at the side of the road until we regrouped before cycling to the final destination. Of course there were many positive aspects to this tour. The routes were good – mostly quiet back roads. The scenery was really enjoyable. September seems to be the best month to tour Scotland weather-wise. Overall, this was a logistically difficult and poorly organized tour, and I don’t recommend it.

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Location of Tour

Scotland

Your Location

Canada

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Overall rating
3.0
Guide Quality
2.0
Hotel / Accommodations
3.0
Food
4.0
Bike Quality
4.0
Value
3.0
Customer Service
2.0

REVIEWED BY Kim on Mar 4, 2018

Not for the advanced cyclist

I did one of their 'challenging' tours in Colombia and was a bit worried about the climbing days and if I was fit enough. I ride in the weekends but nothing too serious. I shouldn't have worried. The 79k day took from 7.30am until 4.30pm! We would have breaks every 15-20km and have to wait for the slowest rider to come in, replenish before we could ride. I understand there are different levels but having to wait constantly when it seemed the 'slowest' riders needs were met more than the advanced riders was frustrating. It got better after some feedback to the guides. The food was very mundane and although part of the culture, eating in the same cafe and the same food for lunch/dinner and the next day just got a bit much. After some feedback midway through the tour about the breakfast portion size, this increased but we shouldn't have had to say anything if they have been running tours for as long as they do. The accommodation was fantastic. I took my own bike so can't comment on the bike hire. I just think we had super bad luck with the guides as a friend did the same trip a few years ago with different guides and said it was amazing. Just be careful if you are wanting something to challenge your fitness .. if you like waiting around then sign up now. You definitely will get lots of breaks.

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Location of Tour

Colombia

Your Location

Auckland

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Overall rating
4.2
Guide Quality
3.0
Hotel / Accommodations
5.0
Food
3.0
Bike Quality
N/A
Value
5.0
Customer Service
5.0

REVIEWED BY francis duckworth on Jul 22, 2016

I recently did the Patagonia/Lake Bicycle tour with Red Spokes Co. It was my first with them and my last. The pre-departure information was spotty at best and down right wrong at worst. While the local guides were very good, nothing else was. It had been (and is) advertised at 40% off road when in fact we NEVER got off road. We were told to expect meals not included to cost around 10 pounds, but on more than 1 occasion, we were put up in isolated hotels? where we had no choice but to eat in and at a cost of 40 punds per person. (no alcohol). At review time, I furnished this information to the company and they compensated me by saying: "Thanks for your opinion." Beware.

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Location of Tour

patagonia lake district

Your Location

u s a

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Overall rating
3.0
Guide Quality
4.0
Hotel / Accommodations
3.0
Food
3.0
Bike Quality
5.0
Value
2.0
Customer Service
1.0

REVIEWED BY Mary Howden on Jul 22, 2016

Red Spokes Adventure Tours

I have done several tours with Red Spokes Adventure Tours. What i really like about them is that they allow you to see parts of the country you are visiting that is off the beaten track. You get a real sense of the people and the culture. The information provided on the tours is helpful and gives an accurate description of what can be expected. The tours are well supported with local guides and back up transport. I have found all the guides to be friendly and they look after you well. The tours are very reasonably priced and I think are good value for money. Red Spokes is an ethical company which believes strongly in supporting the local economy and has supported and built a number of schools in countries such as Laos. There are always opportunities to visit these local projects and this adds an extra something to the holiday. I can't wait to plan my next trip with them!

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Location of Tour

Peru/Kerala/Chile/Argentina/Laos/Vietnam/Pakistan

Your Location

United Kingdom

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Overall rating
4.8
Guide Quality
5.0
Hotel / Accommodations
4.0
Food
5.0
Bike Quality
5.0
Value
5.0
Customer Service
5.0

REVIEWED BY Roger Troughton on Jul 22, 2016

Red Spokes

I've been on several trips with Red Spokes and always found them really helpful (especially the time I lost my passport 3 days before the end of a trip and I still managed to leave on schedule!) They must have it right as a lot of the people of their trips also keep coming back! Cycling is a really good way to meet the locals and Red Spokes ethical stance really helps you get "under the skin" of the country as well as contributing to the local economy where possible. I can't really comment on bike quality as to date I've always take my own, but the ones I've seen have looked pretty good. I'm currently booked on their new Burma trip later this year and can't wait!

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Location of Tour

Laos/N Vietnam/Kerala/Nepal

Your Location

UK

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Overall rating
4.8
Guide Quality
5.0
Hotel / Accommodations
4.0
Food
5.0
Bike Quality
N/A
Value
5.0
Customer Service
5.0