Gratuit is the French word for free. I am lucky enough to live and work in Angers, France, which also gets me a free city bike.

Bike parking on the Maine River, Angers & Chateau d'Angers

my whip d'Angers - femme yellow version

my boy Max's more manly blue bike

It comes with a three-month contract, which is renewable, and the bike is free with a credit card in case the bike is not returned. It’s also free to ride your bike and see the countryside.

The Loire river valley is notoriously known for being a great biking countryside. The Loire Tourism has a pretty oragnized system of bike safe paths and roads to travel, and a pretty great website.

seize the open bike path

from civilization to nature in 5 minutes

the Maine River, just north of the Loire