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
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
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
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. www.visitcollioure.co.uk
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.
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. https://www.toulouse-tourisme.com/
If you want to follow my adventures in carparks please follow us on instragram #mellowvelosparaza
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
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:
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.
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).
Mellow Velos – Paraza
2 Route Neuve
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 Paraza@mellowvelos.com telling us which date you would like, which course(s) you would like to do. Places strictly limited to 6 per session
We have just been awarded the Certificate of Excellence 2017 from Tripadvisor! Thanks to our customers for so many great reviews!
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