Renting Touring & Road Bikes with Globalwheels
Find out how to explore Japan on a Touring or Road Bike with Globalwheels.
Are you thinking of exploring Japan from the saddle of a bike? Well, you're in the right place. Japan is an amazing country with so much to offer. Exploring the country, culture, food and landscapes from a bike is one of the best ways to see and experience authentic Japan. You'll not only see destination A and destination B, but you'll stumble upon all the hidden gems along the way which sometimes make for the best moments of a journey.
Below is our simple guide for how to rent touring bikes with Globalwheels. If you've got all the information you need and are ready to book your books, please see our collection of bikes and gear.
How to Explore Japan
by Touring or Road Bike
Step 1: Decide on bikes and gear
The first step in booking your bikes is choosing the right bike for you. As you may already know, height is very important when sizing up a comfortable bike. The size of a bike is measured by the length of the seat tube and a person's height will determine what sized bike is best for that person to ride. Please see the charts below to see what size is recommended for your height.
Road Bike Guide
Suggested Road Bike Size
Feet & Inches
Frame Size (cm)
|4'10" - 5'0"||148cm - 152cm||XX-Small (47cm - 48cm)|
|5'0" - 5'3"||152cm - 160cm||X-Small (49cm - 50cm)|
|5'3" - 5'6"||160cm - 168cm||Small (51cm - 53cm)|
|5'6" - 5'9"||168cm - 175cm||Medium (54cm - 55cm)|
|5'9" - 6'0"||175cm - 183cm||Large (56cm - 58cm)|
|6'0" - 6'3"||183cm - 191cm||X-Large (58cm - 60cm)|
|6'3" - 6'6"||191cm - 198cm||XX-Large (61cm - 63cm)|
Touring Bike Guide
We also understand that you may still be planning your trip and not have confirmed dates. If this is the case, please get in touch and let us know your desired dates and bike requests and we will check on availability for you. We can also hold a reservation for a week however after a week if you would like to confirm the booking, please book and pay for the rental through our online system.
Step 2: Book your bikes and gear online
When you are ready to book, simply add your products along with the duration of the rental to your cart in our online shop. Our daily price for the bikes and gear gets cheaper as the duration increases. Depending on the start and finish date that you choose, your daily rate will automatically be updated.
Some cyclists may want to bring their own panniers which is also fine. All of our touring bikes come with a rack attached (at no extra charge) which most, if not all panniers will attach to. We will be happy to send you pictures of the rack with dimensions to make sure your panniers will fit. If you would like to use your own panniers please make a note in your order or send us an email and let us know.
At Globalwheels we also have five pedal choices: Shimano SPD-SL, Shimano MTB, Look, Flat / Normal or Bring your Own. When booking your bike please let us know your pedal preferences in the notes section of the cart.
Due to demand, there may be a chance when you’re booking that you are unable to reserve your bike and gear during your preferred dates. If this is the case, please get in touch and we can let you know any other times the bikes are available as you may be flexible with your travel dates and could arrange your trip to coincide with the times the bikes are available. Please note that Spring and Autumn are our peak seasons and we recommend getting in touch and booking as early as possible to ensure we have stock available.
Note for our customers interested in using the courier service
If you are using our delivery service for the rental then please get in touch and we will let you know the prices and procedure through email. Due to the differing prices for delivery depending on location, you can’t reserve the bikes, gear and delivery online. Just get in touch with your desired bikes and gear, rental period and the logistics of your trip and we’ll take it from there.
For more information about our delivery service please see the below link.
Step 3: Come to Globalwheels to pick up your bikes and gear (unless you are using the courier service for pick-up)
The next step is to come to Globalwheels to pick up your bikes. We'll arrange a time to meet prior to your starting date so please do your best to come at the agreed time. Please get in touch if you are unsure about finding the place, link to location is below.
We will get you on your bike and make sure you are comfortable with the heights and dimensions. Before leaving, we will do any adjustments (seat height for example) that you might need in order to be as comfortable as possible. We do provide a multi-tool with each rental so feel free to make any adjustments to the seat or handlebars while on your journey.
We can store luggage however our space is limited so would appreciate you giving us a heads up prior to the day so we can ensure we have enough space for your luggage.
Once you are packed and ready to roll we usually take a photo for our social media profiles so be sure to bring your best smile :) We understand not everyone wants their photo posted on social media accounts so please just let us know and we will skip the photo shoot.
Then, head off and enjoy your cycling adventure!
Step 4: Enjoy cycling and exploring Japan
Japan is a beautiful place with lots to do and see and we really believe that exploring the country from the saddle of a bike is the best way. Here are some basic cycling tips in Japan to help you come prepared and have a smooth journey:
- Cars drive on the left-hand side of the road in Japan so cyclists should also do their best to stick to the left side of the road. There might be times you are forced to ride on the right side or you might see locals burning around on the right side heading into oncoming traffic but we recommend sticking to the left side of the road.
- Cycling on footpaths (sidewalks). In Japan - especially in the cities - you'll see a lot of city cyclists riding on the footpaths if there isn't a dedicated cycling path. Sometimes you'll see a dedicated cycling lane on the footpath so if this is the case then you should use that lane. If there isn't a dedicated cycling path then we recommend riding on the road on the left side so cars can still drive past.
- Helmets - when cycling in Japan - depending on the prefecture - you'll see 99% of the population cycling without a helmet. These cyclists are usually cycling for transportation (to the station, to work, to the supermarket etc) and more often than not they won't be wearing a helmet. This is because in a lot of prefectures in Japan it's not required by law to wear a helmet (crazy, right?). However, you will see cyclists riding road bikes, sports bikes or hybrid bikes with helmets on which is good to see. At Globalwheels we highly recommend wearing a helmet while cycling. We understand that by law in some areas it isn't required, however we firmly believe that helmets can save lives. Japan is generally a safe place to cycle but accidents do happen. So in the interest of safety, we highly recommend wearing your helmet at all times.
Step 5: Come back to return your bike and gear (unless you are using the courier service for the return)
The final step after your adventure is to bring the bike back on the agreed date. Have a rest and tell us all about your journey and then go out and enjoy a cold drink and some delicious Japanese food, you would have earned it!
Ready to start planning your trip? Book your bikes now!Book now