Satisfied bike hire customers in Southern Langudoc

Once you've booked you can relax, sit back, look forward to your trip and leave the rest to us

Hello from Vince & Sandra

Hire your bikes from Vince and Sandra in ParazaMellow Vélos Paraza on the Canal du Midi has been supplying high quality rental bikes to holidaymakers staying in gites, chambre d'hotes, campsites and hotels in Languedoc for the last 14 years.

Whether it's for a family day out, riding on the Canal du Midi or for a tour of the region, or road bike so you can continue training or just explore the area, we give you no-hassle advance booking with delivery and collection right from your door.

We're based in Paraza, a small village alongside the Canal du Midi in the Minervois wine making region of Languedoc Roussillon. It's an area with a fantastic network of small roads and tracks that are perfect for cycling.  We are on the plain of the river Aude, but have the hills of the Corbieres to the south and the slopes of the Montaigne Noir to the north. Perfect for gentle or adventurous riding.

Because we know our area so well, we'll give you detailed routes, maps and advice.  We want to make sure that you get to see the very best of our countryside.  See more about our routes and maps.

If you would like a day ride, please contact us before you leave home.  That way, we can have your bikes ready when you arrive! There is plenty of parking next to our workshop.

What's happening?

Trip Advisor Centre of Excellence 2019

We are really pleased that we have for the 4th year in a row received a Trip Advisor Centre of Excellence. Thank you to all our customers who have taken the time to write such wonderful reviews. Vince,Sandra and Geoff. #mellowvelosparaza #bikehirecanaldumidi #holidaysinthesouthoffrance #canaldumidiavelo #cyclehirelangeudoc #bikehirefrance #yipeetripadivsorcentreof excellence4yearsrunning

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Mellow Vélos Duvet Day



So this is the Mellow Vélos version of a British duvet day. Vince and I have not had a full day off since March so our amazing mechanic Geoff told us he would see to everything and we should take the day off. The weather has been amazing and we have spent the day enjoying our garden and pool. Normal service resumed tomorrow. #mellowvelosparaza #bikehirecanaldumidi #holidaysinthesouthoffrance #canaldumidiavelo #cyclehirelangeudoc #bikehirefrance #livelifetothefull #ilovemygarden #cyclehirelasomail

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We Deliver

So as many of my friends here in Paraza and surrounds will attest Mellow Vélos will deliver pretty much anywhere in the region or pretty much anywhere. For many reasons it can be quite scary just how much driving we do and how much Google records.  There is no hiding – Vince stopped for coffee on the way back from Toulouse and Google sent me a review to complete.

























Along with the driving I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in carparks all over the region waiting for complete strangers to appear – in some countries this practise is often illegal.

So I thought I would show you some of my favourite delivery locations

1 Colliure

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A beautiful location a bit hilly but perfect for an electric bike or a road bike.  I like delivering her as it usually means a glass of wine and a plate of oysters before we return home.


















Who does not like a trip to the medieval city of Carcassonne and its many carparks. We probably visit Carcassonne at least once per day in the summer delivering bikes to clients who want to ride Carcassonne to Narbonne or Carcassonne to Sete.  Many of our clients who start their bike holiday in Carcassonne are from Tour companies such as Macs Adventures, Inn Travel, S-Cape, DeTours in France and LoveVelo but we also have a large number of independent travellers who we work with on routes, accommodation and baggage transfers. This is probably my favourite carpark in Carcassonne.

Mellow Vélos van in a carpark






































We probably deliver our hire bikes to Toulouse once or twice a week to both Tour Company clients such as DeTours in France and private clients who are cycling the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to Sete.  We normally do not use carparks but illegally parked on the pavement with our magic parking lights on.  Toulouse is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with amazing restaurants and pavement cafes.  If we have time we will wander into the centre of Toulouse and have a cup of coffee but we never seem to have time for a visit to Primani.

If you want to follow my adventures in carparks please follow us on instragram #mellowvelosparaza




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Paralympic Gold Medal winner comes to Mellow Vélos Paraza


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Today was a very exciting day at Mellow Vélos. Jon-Allan Butterworth OBE a 2016 Paralympic Gold Medal winner in C1-5 750m Team Sprint and the winner of 3 Silver medals in the London games came to pick up a road bike for a friend. Vince was blown away to be standing talking to a Gold Medal Olympic Cyclist about training, the Olympic experience and medal ceremonies. Such a nice guy. Look out for him cycling in the region #mellowvelosparaza #bikehirecanaldumidi #holidaysinthesouthoffrance #canaldumidiavelo #cyclehirelangeudoc #bikehirefrance #paralympiccyclinggoldmedal #ilovemyjob #boyhooddreamcomestrue

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Introducing of new Giant Liv Langma

We are really pleased to announce that we have taken delivery of our new Giant Liv Langma. As they are designed specifically for woman we decided we needed to get an experience world class cyclist to test them for us.
Gillian Vanessa Annesley is a well-known cyclist riding locally with  Vélo Club Lezignan  and competing in several UCI Grand Fondo World Championships. She combines her love of cycling and cooking by offering cycling h0lidays in her stunning Gite – Cycle d’Oc   ( Offering a series of guided and non-guided rides she shares with you her training rides and introduces you to the quiet backroads of this Tour de France area.
Vince and Sandra owners of Mellow Vélos asked me to test-ride one of their new Liv Ladies road bikes that they have recently ordered in for the new season 2019. I’m a very keen road cyclist and compete frequently and so was thrilled to have the opportunity to road -test a new lady’s bike.
I am pleased to say I was very impressed with it. A lovely, light and responsive ride, the frame being in high quality aluminium, fitted with the great Shimano 105 group-set . What I liked the most was the gear ratios of 34/50 on the front and a 11/34 11-speed cassette at the back, which allows cyclists ,with a big range of cycling abilities, to tackle the varied local terrain, without too much blood, sweat and tears. Mellow Vélos maintains their precious rental bikes extremely well and they supply each bike with puncture kit, pump, water bottle and bike computer and the pedals of your choice. Fantastic deal!
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Getting Back into Cycling

It seems like every day we read something in the papers or on social media about the benefits that regular cycling can have to your mind, body, health and sex life! So if this is true, how come more of us are not out on our bikes enjoying the amazing countryside we live in?
In our experience, and based on the Clients who come to us to hire bikes, we hear many of the same tales:
I have not been on a bike for over 20 years;

  • Fear of cycling on the road;
  • Uncertainty that I may not be able to keep up with my family group;
  • Bikes have moved on since I last rode, and I am not sure I could work those new-fangled gears.

We at Mellow Vélos are passionate about getting people back into cycling or simply into the saddle so that more people can enjoy the benefits of a gentle and safe cycling regime.

To this end we have put together a couple of free courses to support and develop your riding skills, increase your confidence on a bike and help you choose the right bike for you.

We have developed a 2-part course that we call

Introduction to Modern Cycling
Or: How to love bikes and be a mellow cyclist!

The course will be run in the form of 2 parts:

Part 1

A two-hour course that will introduce you gently to:

  • Bike Familiarity – A brief introduction to the modern bike – we will show you and let you try out a number of different types of bike so you don’, including electric bikes, so you can see which is right for you and the way you want to use a bike;


  • What type of bike is best for me? – an overview of the different types of bike, and how they differ – demystifying gear systems so you don’t have to ride only on flat roads!


  • What you need to know to make best use of your bike: – simple maintenance procedures to best look after your bike, including pumping your tyres, oiling your chain and checking brake wear.


Part 2

A 2/3 hour session designed to reinforce your basic riding skills, including:

  • Bike Control: mounting your bike, setting off, braking and dismounting safely and comfortably;


  • Balance Skills: riding in a straight line, turning corners, riding through gaps;
    Riding on the Road:


  • Are you sitting comfortably?: Seat height adjustment, bike sizing, handle bar height;
    Climbing and Descending: How to go uphill and downhill safely.


For Part 2 you can bring your own bike or we can supply you one for a small fee (10€ for a VTC and 15€ for an electric bike).

Course location
Mellow Velos – Paraza
2 Route Neuve
11200 Paraza

Course Dates
Wednesday 17th April 2019
1000 hrs – 1200hrs – Part 1
1330 hrs – 1700hrs – Part 2

Wednesday 24th April 2019
1000 hrs – 1200hrs – Part 1
1300 hrs – 1430hrs – Part 2

To book please email telling us which date you would like, which course(s) you would like to do. Places strictly limited to 6 per session

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Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017

We have just been awarded the Certificate of Excellence 2017 from Tripadvisor!  Thanks to our customers for so many great reviews!

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Family Bike Hire for 2018 – Special Pack price

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If you’re staying in one location for a week then bike hire with a Mellow Vélos Family Pack might be of interest.

Take off on a worry-free ride anytime you like during your holiday stay. And with our 5 day hire package you’ll always have a bike ready to ride down to the boulangerie or get the kids out for a dose of fresh air.

5 Day hire of 2 Adult Comfort bikes and 1child bike. 140€

Extra child 25€.  Extra Day 20€ plus 5€ for extra children

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Why hire from us?

We have quality bikes by Giant, Focus, Islabikes and Lapierre.

Our bikes are delivered to you (or you can collect).

There's a 25 point safety check before every delivery

We supply bikes for all ages and levels of fitness.

Routes, maps and great advice and all for free.

Our bikes are serviced after every hire.

You get all the essentials you need for the period of your hire.