2019 | APRIL through OCTOBER | Travel Italy in style (by bike)!
Ventura Bike Depot would like to introduce to you our latest partnership and offering – Bike ‘n Wine tours in Italy!
Bike ‘n Wine is owned and operated by three friends who have all been long-time friends of the Ventura Bike Depot. All 3 owner/operators of Bike ‘n Wine are native Italians with superb knowledge of the area and who share our tremendous passion for cycling, wine, and the land. While out biking one day, they all decided that they should share the beauty that they had found in their country with other cyclists… and this was how Bike ‘n Wine began. Together they have over 20 years of experience as bike guides with major tour operators. We have partnered with this team of professional guides to bring amazing tours to our customers because we know how important it is to have local experience and knowledge, especially in a tour guide.
Bike ‘n Wine specializes in boutique cycling tours that lets you discover the true Italian lifestyle. You will be staying in top rated resorts, you will experience the best foods, the activities and routes have been pre-selected to give you the best experience possible, and each tour takes you far off the beaten path to allow you to interact with the locals and learn more about the culture in a way that traditional tours do not allow.
Now is the time to experience Italy in a whole new way! Bike ‘n Wine offers many amazing tours and they are always adding more tours to the schedule. You can customize your own tour or choose from one of their all-inclusive packages. So check out the site, choose from a high-end road or electric-assist bicycle (included in the price of your tour), grab your airfare*, and get ready for the most amazing bike tour adventure of your life!
Don’t forget to tell Bike ‘n Wine that you heard about their fantastic Italian lifestyle tours through yours truly, Ventura Bike Depot. We are proud to be a sponsor of their tours and simply love that you get your own logo bike kit to wear while you tour and keep once your vacation ends (they carry both men’s and women’s cuts).
Each tour includes the following:
· Road bike or e-bike rental
· Personal local guides and mechanic support
· Transportation to and from the airport
· 5 nights at a unique top rated resort/villa where you will stay for the entire duration of your trip. No packing every day and changing hotels.
· All meals during your stay are included (breakfast, on-the-road lunches, and dinners in the most exclusive restaurants in the region)
· Wine tasting and local education
· Cooking Class (select tours only – check availability)
· Bike ‘n Wine cycling uniform
*We recommend that you fly into one of these two airports: Milan (MXP or LIN) or Genoa (GOA). You will be picked up at the airport by Bike ‘n Wine. Please also remember that you lose one day traveling when flying to Italy from the USA.
VBD Awarded Gold Designation as a Bicycle Friendly Business!
We are very proud to announce that the Ventura Bike Depot, Inc. has just been awarded a Gold Designation as a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists.
March 6, 2015
Best Businesses of Ventura Award
“Ventura Award Program Honors the Achievement
Ventura, February 23, 2015 — Ventura Bike Depot Incorporated has been selected for the 2014 Best Businesses of Ventura Award in the Bike Rentals category by the Best Businesses of Ventura Award Program.
Each year, the Best Businesses of Ventura Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Ventura area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Best Businesses of Ventura Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Ventura Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About the Best Businesses of Ventura Award Program:
The Best Businesses of Ventura Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Ventura area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Best Businesses of Ventura Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy. “
September 4, 2014
Go Girlfriend Travel Blog
“Ventura bike tour – This city was built for biking and the best place to get the 411 on what to see (and the bikes you’ll need to do it) is the Ventura Bike Depot. From guided tours to self-directed tours, they’ll get you on the road with all you need for a day filled with exploring. We toured the harbor and downtown area but next time we visit, we’re planning to take the Downhill Sulphur Mountain Tour – or the Wine Tasting tour – they both look like a lot of fun. Visit them online at VenturaBikeDepot.com. “
April 25, 2014
The Fresno Bee
“Shelley Sund, president of Ventura Bike Depot, says the best way to experience the local scenery is on two wheels….the bike path will take you coastally from our shop, along the river to Surfer’s Point, along the waterfront, under the pier, to the state beach park, to the Pierpont District a nd over the the Ventura harbor all on the bike Route. Those are magical spots that you’re not going to be able to see by driving along in a car.”… read more… Get Up and Go.
March 9, 2013
Ventura County Star
October 12, 2012
Kinetic Sculpture Race
We are the proud sponsor of the Kinetic Sculpture Race for the 5th year in a row.
Here’s a great video from the event!
October 3, 2012
Ventura Bike Depot Celebrates 5 Years of Support for Bike MS Event
Ventura, CA — Ventura Bike Depot, Inc. is one of the primary sponsors of the Bike MS, Southern California’s premier cycling event to raise money for a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. This bike ride, starting at San Buenaventura State Beach Park on October 3, is one of one hundred rides throughout the country.
Shelley Sund, the president of Ventura Bike Depot, is donating a $1200 Specialized Globe Vienna Deluxe 3 commuter bicycle to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Ventura Bike Depot has gained a reputation among local bike shops as the expert on renting high end bikes because of Ms. Sund’s 25 years of experience as a bike shop owner in Santa Barbara and Ventura. Ms. Sund’s staff is a diverse group of bicyclists, experts in all fields of bicycle mechanics, who can build a bike from scratch as well as adjust the helmut straps of children.
Ventura Bike Depot is an active supporter of national bike rides for charity as well as local community events, ranging from the 3 Harbors Bike Tour, Mardi Gras Ride and the Kids Bicycle Safety Rodeo.
For more information about Ventura Bike Depot, contact: http://www.VenturaBikeDepot.com.
For more information on the Ride, contact: http://bikecal.nationalmssociety.org
September 29, 2011
For a riverside bike ride that combines art, industrial grit, coffeehouse charm, and no cars (!), saddle up for a 19-mile round-trip roll on the most scenic portion of the Ventura River Trail. The paved bike and walking path—supported by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy—runs along the former Ventura and Ojai Valley railroad, paralleling the Ventura River much of the time. Eclectic surroundings include rotating oil derricks and intermittent bronze sculptures like a poinsettia and a brown pelican. Ride the most scenic part by starting at Foster Park, 6 miles north of downtown Ventura. Head east, pedaling inland toward Los Padres National Forest. Dense sycamore and oak trees give some shade to the winding path. In less than a mile the trail diverts north, disappearing behind rural housing and shielding views of Highway 33. Near the 2-mile mark, pass through an oak grove and then cross a low-lying cement-and-railroad-tie bridge where a creek meets the Ventura River. The trail snakes across the seasonally dry riverbed and past equestrian trails. Bask in full views of the Red and Sulphur mountains. At about 8 miles, the trail sneaks back toward the highway on the approach to Ojai. The end point is grassy Libby Park, where you can also access downtown Ojai. Returning the way you came, put some buzz into your bike ride at the adobe-style Full of Beans Coffeehouse, right along the route. Kick back on their spacious garden patio and refuel with a milkshake and freshly baked pastries. Sweet ride!
TIP: Ventura Bike Depot (239 West Main Street in Ventura near the Highway 33 overpass) has bike rentals for $24 for half a day or rates by the hour.
May 15, 2011
VC Reporter “Outdoor Observer”
Moutain biking excitement and beauty on Sulphur Mountain Road
November 5, 2008
With new bike display fixtures, many bikes for sale, BMX added and a point of sale bar code register, we can now capture our loyal customers who have been returning time and time again due to our excellent turn around time on repairs, fair pricing, accessories, parts and rentals.
If you want to purchase a slightly used high grade bike with a warrantee and service to back it up, come in and see how we can help you become a cyclist or support the people who just want to do more commuting via bicycle. We have a lovely new bag line from Holland, plenty of baskets, rear racks and bike specific bungees.
If you like Road, Mountain, BMX or beach cruiser style bicycles, come in a check out the new Ventura Bike Depot store and meet our friendly staff. You will be glad you did!
A sunset bike ride up Main Street in Ventura will be held Saturday, May 29, to celebrate the first anniversary of Ventura Bike Depot, the latest bicycle business started by Ms. Shelley Sund who launched the festive Italian quadricycles upon the Santa Barbara Boardwalk with her first bike-rental business, Cycles 4 Rent, in 1984. Sund will lead a beach-cruiser ride from her 1938 Chevrolet pickup displaying a vintage Western Flyer.
Sund sold Cycles 4 Rent after setting her sights on Ventura County’s bicycle escapes. No longer the overseer of six locations spanning Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, Sund enjoys being sole mechanic and manager of this cornerstone shop at Main and Julian streets, between the Ojai and Beach bike paths. Reminiscent of mom and pop stores in bigger cities where people invent any excuse to drop by and shoot the breeze, this mom of two-year-old, Brendan, is glad to dispense bike maintenance tips, give a quick tune up and adjust the helmut straps for the little ones while she continues spreading her motto, “Live life in the bike lane.”
Sund will be happy to rent a beach cruiser to anyone who would like to participate in the sunset ride, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., beginning at the Depot. Beach cruiser reservations in advance are recommended due to a limited supply. Refreshments will be served before the ride. Please contact Ventura Bike Depot at 652-2100 for more information about joining this anniversary trek up Main.