How to Rent Bikes and Gear

Reserving bikes and riding with Globalwheels is easy. Learn more below about choosing your bikes and gear, making the booking and collecting and returning.


Planning on exploring Kyoto by road or touring bike? Great, you're in the right place.

Below is our simple guide for how to rent road bikes, touring bikes and cycling gear with Globalwheels. If you've got all the information you need and are ready to book your bikes, head over to Bikes and Gear on the main menu.

How to Explore Kyoto
by Road or Touring Bike

Step 1: Choose your bikes and gear

The first step in booking your bikes is choosing the right bike for you. As you may already know, height is important when sizing up a comfortable bike. At Globalwheels, our bike sizes are measured by the length of the seat tube and a person's height will determine what sized bike is best for them. Please see the charts below to see what size is recommended for your height.

Road Bike Guide

Rider Height

Suggested 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

After viewing our range and deciding on your bikes and gear, you can move onto the next step.

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.

The daily rate and the place to choose your start and finish dates.

Pedal Choices

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.

The notes section in the cart.

Bringing your own gear

Some cyclists may want to bring their own panniers, pedals, helmets etc which isn't a problem. In regards to bringing your panniers, all of our touring bikes come with a rear-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.

Bikes and gear unavailable

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.

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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 check if we are able to offer delivery.

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 Kyoto to pick up your bikes. We'll arrange a time to meet prior to your starting date and of course any questions before your rental we'll be happy to help. Our location can be found from the link below.

Kyoto location and contact >

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 it's times to start peddling and experiencing the beauty of Kyoto.

Cyclists with panniers before they head off on their trip.

Step 4: Enjoy cycling and exploring Kyoto and Japan

Kyoto and Japan is a beautiful place with lots to do and see and we really believe that exploring 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!

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