Whenever my wife and I travel, I almost by compulsion begin looking at what cycling opportunities might be available in the areas we plan to visit. In this case, we knew we’d be spending a few days in Split, Croatia and that we’d love to do some riding on the Dalmatian Islands.
Meridien Ten is a bike rental company that specializes in touring setups for multi-day excursions in Croatia. Though we had only a day to take advantage of their services, I learned that their self-guided route across some of the major Dalmatian Islands from Dubrovnik to Split is their most popular. In order to make that particular route work, they are set up to offer transfers from their shop in Split to Dubrovnik and they do offer fully-custom and guided/supported tours as well.
Meridien Ten features a line of hybrid trekking bikes and road bikes with quality components. For example, our 24-hr road bike rentals included Shimano 105 groupsets and Mavic Aksium wheels. Having worked in the bike industry for a short time, I can say that 105 components are widely regarded as the workhorse of the Shimano line, solid shifting with enough heft to be both durable and reliable. Mavic is also considered one of, if not the top brand in the wheel category. I mention these things because when renting bikes, quality is important and often lacking. Not at Meridien.
We found the bikes we rented to be well-tuned and ready to roll. In addition, Meridien Ten has lots of add-on options to make trips of various length more convenient. Renters have the option to have their own pedals installed, or to go with flat or toe-cage pedals provided by Meridien. Rack-top bags with fold-out panniers are also available (a very-well designed version of this setup, I might add) as well as handlebar bags.
The Meridien Ten bike shop is located near the tourist center of Split, just a short walk from Bacvice Beach and about 20 minutes walk from Diocletian’s Palace. The shop is operated by Ante and Andrew, two very friendly fellows with excellent knowledge of riding in Croatia. They suggested a route for us on the Island of Brac and even gave us a route sheet with map and turn-by-turn directions. In addition, they knew where all the good little detours and vistas were, and pointed out a great restaurant for us to enjoy some local food and a pivo! Here is my wife Johanna with Ante in front of the Meridien Ten bike shop and again inside.
Based on our experience, I would not hesitate to recommend Meridien Ten to my travel planning clients at IndependentTravelPlanning.com. Meridien Ten is a great option for cyclists on vacation in need of a quality ride and for touring cyclists looking to cycle the Dalmatian Islands and other parts of Croatia without having to sort out shipping of their own bikes.