Yes, bikes can be hired for a small cost. And unless you are particularly attached to your own bike, it’s easier than packing up a bike and carting it half way around the world (Unicycles are bad enough!). Bring your own seat and pedals/shoe combination…those tend to be the most personalised parts.
We also have spare bikes in the support vehicles, but this is for unicyclists to use as a backup only (for instance, if you get injured because some Chinese woman swipes you off the unicycle whilst sweeping the road).
A 36" or 29" should be fine. I personally prefer riding a 36", but prefer travelling with a 29’er. Usually the 29’er wins out in terms of packing onto planes etc.
I’m waiting to get more information about the terrain, but even on a tour like Mongolia (entirely off road) most riders were on 36ers.
It’s not a race, so people tend to spend a lot of time stopping for photos etc. We try to regroup all the riders after every 15-20km or so with a picnic stop to have a snack/coffee and refuel the camelbaks. Usually the slower riders know they have to leave the rest and lunch stops a little earlier. For people who get sick/tired, they can use the backup bikes/support vehicles, but generally most people try to ride as much as possible.
I had a wheel bag custom sewn… it barely squeaked by the “oversize luggage” requirements of the airline.
I’d give it a 50/50 chance based on how well the ticket agent did in her geometry classes.
Grashopper Adventures makes these tour five-star experiences. They take care of your every need, and they do it well! It’s a truly seamless experience, from the morning’s group breakfast and departure, to the evening’s arrival and dinner, it’s all done for you. And along the way you’ve got local guides who can help you navigate, both on the roads and in the local culture.
One example: when travelling through hot and muggy Vietnam, Jason arranged to have our drinks put on ice before we arrived; cold beverages are a foreign concept for some, but Jason makes it all happen.