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FAQs

What’s the best way to do a Winery Tour by bike?

Winery tours are fun, but by bike they can be a long day. Here’s our plan for having a great day by bike:

  1. Book your Wine Tastings, and make your last one for 3-4pm. We recommend Peterson House!
  2. Book your bike hire and tell us the time and place of your last Tasting.
  3. Call Rossco’s Shuttles on 0411 839 010 or email rosscosshuttles@gmail.com to book a ride home.
  4. On the big day we’ll deliver the bikes to you at 8am and off you go!
  5. We’ll pick up the bikes from your last Tasting at 4pm – you’ll be tired and probably a bit tipsy, so the taxi ride back to your room will be very welcome!

Renting a Bike – How does it work?

Renting a bike is the same as renting a car. Search for the bike you want, either Standard, eBike or Tandem.

Choose the dates and number of people, include Damage and Theft Waiver Fees if required, tick the box for Delivery & Pickup if you want us to bring your bikes to you, then agree to the terms and conditions and then hit the ‘Book’ button. This will add the bike rental to your Shopping Cart.

Add another type of bike to your cart if you wish.

Once you’re finished, use your credit card to pay for your cart, and you’ll be emailed a confirmation. We’ll contact you by email to sort out any details.

When are bikes available to rent?

Most of our bikes are available to rent from Monday to Saturday. Our shop is closed on Sundays, so if you need a bike on a Sunday, you’ll need to rent it on Saturday for 2 days.
If you pickup your bike from the store on Saturday, we have a drop-off point in Cessnock CBD on Sunday mornings from 10-1.
Group bookings require 24 hours notice, but all the other bikes can be rented immediately if we have availability.

How does the Accomodation Partner bike rental work?

Some of our Accomodation Partners have our bikes permanently onsite. You book the bikes through the special item for that Accomodation, and you show your confirmation email to your Host, who will hand over the bikes and helmets.
There are no security deposits for these rentals, but you’re still liable for the replacement value of the bikes, so we advise you to take the extra protection for theft and damage.

Can you deliver the bikes to me?

We sure can!
If you want your bike delivered to – or picked up from – your accomodation, add the delivery option.
We’ll bring the bikes to you at your accomodation, and if you’re staying at one of our accomodation partners, the bikes will be delivered before you arrive – ready for you to begin exploring.

Damage and Theft Waiver Fees – How do they work?

As with hiring a car, there is no insurance coverage on the bike you hire – you’re responsible for damage and theft during the rental period. This includes any accessories fitted to the bike when you hire it.
Each bike has a repacement value, and it’s noted in the rental listing and on the Hire Schedule. In the event of theft or a write-off through damage, this is the amount you’re liable for.
By paying the Theft Waiver Fee, you reduce this liability to a lesser amount.
By paying the Damage Waiver Fee, you reduce this liability to a specified maximum.

It’s not insurance, but an agreement between you and HVBR that your liability is decreased if something goes wrong.

Do the Damage and Theft Waiver Fees apply even if I don’t take good care of the bike?

No.
Under the Rental Agreement, you must take good care of the bike and accessories, and secure it against theft. The specifics are in section 6 and 7 of the agreement, you can find them here.
For example, if you leave the bike against a tree and go have lunch and the bike is gone when you come back, then the waiver won’t apply. If you locked it securely and kept it in sight, then the waiver would apply.
If you left the bikes outside at night, they won’t be covered – bring them inside! Your accomodation will have a secure location for your property, but we recommend keeping the bikes in your room.

What should I do if the bike is stolen?

First, call the Police on 000 and report the theft. You’ll need to submit a Police Report to claim your Theft Waiver Excess.
Then call our mobile service on 0438544394 or email us enquiries@huntervalleybicyclerentals.com.au and report the incident.

What should I do if the bike is damaged?

If the bike has suffered superficial damage but is still rideable, then report it to us when you return it. We’ll quote you on repair if it’s needed.
If the bike has significant damage, don’t ride it. Call our mobile service on 0438544394 and we’ll help you.
You can also email us enquiries@huntervalleybicyclerentals.com.au and report the incident.

What should I do if I get a flat tyre?

Every bike comes with a spare tube, some patches, a pump and tyre levers – this should be enough to get you back on the road if you get flat tyres.
We also have a mobile service you can contact on 0438544394. If you haven’t pre-paid for Roadside Assistance, there’s a call-out fee of $75 to fix a flat tyre – it’s payable in advance via our webstore here.
You can also email us enquiries@huntervalleybicyclerentals.com.au and report the incident.

What should I do if I have a mechanical problem?

We inspect every bike prior to your rental, and it should be in perfect working order and condition. However, riding bikes brings the possibility of mechanical failures.
In the event of a minor problem, please bring the bike back to the store at 88 Vincent St Cessnock and we’ll fix the problem or supply you with another bike.
If you have a major problem and the bike is not rideable, we have a mobile service you can contact on 0438544394. If you’re within 50kms of Cessnock and you have pre-paid for Roadside Assistance, there’s no call-out fee between 9am and 5pm, seven days a week.
If you have not pre-paid for Roadside Assistance, or your problem occurs outside of normal business hours, any assistance will incur a call-out fee of $75 that’s payable in advance via our webstore here.
You can also email us enquiries@huntervalleybicyclerentals.com.au and report the incident.

What is included in the Roadside Assistance?

Included in this fee is the repair of a flat tyre or the resolution of minor mechanical problems that cause the bike to be unrideable. There’s no call-out fee as long as you’re within 50kms of the store. You can call us once per day for the term of your hire, but if you need us more than once in a day, the normal call-out fee applies – it’s payable in advance via our webstore here.
If you experience trouble that you can’t solve yourself, call our mobile service on 0438544394 and we’ll help you.