I went to Cordillera bikes because it was recommended to me by my hostel. I went there to get information on cycling the Ruta de los Siete Lagos.
I had been at another bike rental place just 200 meters up the road from Cordillera Bike the day before, and they seemed unable or unwilling to provide any information about doing the Siete Lagos - besides, I did the Circuito Chico with that other place, and the bike they gave me had seen much better days.
On account of not receiving any support on doing the Siete Lagos, I was playing with the idea of abandoning the whole enterprise (I am not an experienced cyclist).
All my worries dissipated once I entered the door into the cozy reception area of Cordillera bikes.
Daniel, the owner of the place, is extremely friendly and incredibly passionate about bikes. It turns out that Daniel not only give adise in Spanish, but has also a firm grasp of the English and - most surprisingly - the German language.
Daniel spent a considerable amount of time providing incredibly helpful information and support on doing the Ruta.
He even hooked me up with a hosteria on the Ruta for an overnight stay. That place would otherwise be hard to reach due to bad phone reception. Moreover, Daniel offered to bring the bike to my hostel in the morning as well as to pick it up on the evening of my return. A very generous service given that my hostel was in the center of Bariloche, 19 km from Cordillera bikes.
The bike itself was in a very good condition. It was equipped with a speed/distance meter, which was very helpful since it enabled me to always know my position on the Ruta. The bike furthermore came with a sizable twin bag, attached to the rack, great for carrying personal belongings. Most importantly though, an immergency-pouch was attached to the front; it contained all spare parts and tools required to repair chain, tires, or breaks in a worst-case-scenario.
I was furthermore provided with a map that contained extensive information about miradors (viewpoints) and campgrounds along the Ruta. In fact, Daniel sat down with me for 40 minutes to personally explain the map to me!
Taking all this into account, I have to give a hearty and sincere THANK YOU to Cordillera Bike for making my stay in Bariloche and my three day trip along the Ruta de los Siete Lagos an unforgettably convenient, enjoyable, and rewarding experience.
To all those who are considering renting a bike at this place, I will say this:
if you want a professional, safe, passionate, generous, friendly, and - most importantly - a highly individualised experience, do not hesitate. This place is for you. You will not regret it, I promise!
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