Welcome to the first monthly email from Bikes and Hikes giving you the lastest news, offers and top tips for outdoor activities and mountain biking in and around the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Each month we will review products and activities, highlight upcoming events, offer monthly top tips, reveal the Brecon Barbarians cycle ride dates and routes, showcase product offers and run our monthly 'Where's Bob?' competition.
Your feedback is always appreciated as we would like to offer you informative news and reviews that will ensure you get the most out of your activities here in the Brecon Beacons and beyond! Referring us to your friends will help us spread the word!
Keith Lee, Bikes and Hikes
MONTHLY COMPETITION: 'WHERE'S BOB?'
BOB on LOCATION!
How well do you think you know Brecon? Well now you can find out with our monthly 'Where's Bob?' competition! Brecon Bob is our newest recruit, as you can see in the photo on the left, modelling the new Plain Lazy clothing range in store! Each month, we'll be giving a prize away to a lucky winner who correctly identifies the exact location where our reliable and hard working Bob has been placed.
Have a look at the photo on the right for this month's location clue. Be as accurate as you can! If more than one person identifies the exact location then the winner will be drawn from a hat.
This month's prize is a fantastic Giro cycling helmet, with an RRP of £29.99!
Email your answers by return or to email@example.com by 20th February to be in with a chance of winning this great prize.
Specialise Demo Day
UPCOMING EVENTS - DEMO DAY
Bikes and Hikes are pleased to offer you the opportunity to make your own mind up whether 29ers are the way forward in mountain biking. The bigger wheels offer smoother, faster and more responsive handling. The lower bottom bracket height lets the rider sit deeper in the bike to boost stability and control. But enough of what we think! Why not view the video on the left and try the bikes at our special 'demo day'.
Date: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February 2012.
Borrowing from its Sanskrit name meaning Immortal, the AMARA™ Helmet is one great all-mountain helmet. Bikes and Hikes now have samples of these great helmets which have an integrated camera mount. The amazing impact absorption construction, vivid stylish colours and comfortable fit makes this the shop choice of the month!
Samples in shop now. Available for order: £62.50.
Ultra lightweight Polycarbonate Shell
Low density EPS foam for impact absorption
Integrated Airflow System with 17 Vents
Expanded rear coverage design
Integrated Camera Mount for perfect filming (Cam version)
The great thing about caving is that there is a constant temperature throughout the year of between 7-9 degrees. So if it's getting too harsh for you above ground, why not come in from the cold and give caving a try. With a vast underground system, caving can be an enjoyable physical challenge or a stroll through high ceilinged cave system. For the weekend beginner or the seasoned adventurer, either way it's an experience not to be missed. Call us for a day out underground with our qualified instructors. (click here for details)
Bikes and Hikes Workshop
THIS MONTH'S TOP TIP
Gear Cables and Brake Cable: With winter conditions as they are, you need to be mindful of your gear and brake cables becoming exposed to the salt and grit. The red sand stone prevalent in the Brecon Beacons also causes many problems with cabling if bikes are not maintained. Here's our top tip to combat the corrosive effects on your bike.
V-Brakes: Unattach the v-brake noodle, slide outer casing down to expose the inner cable. Wipe this clean and drop wet lube inside the casing. Try the brakes 3 to 4 times to work lube into cable. Disc Brakes: Take the wheel out and spray disc brake cleaner in between the pads. Run a cloth through gently to clean grit out. This will extend the life of your rotor and pads.
BRECON BARBARIANS - JANUARY 2012
The Brecon Barbarians Cycling Club is a community based group of cyclist from all disciplines of the sport from BMX, road, mountain biking, touring tandems and commuters. There are regular club rides in all areas of the Brecon Beacons as well as across Wales. New members are always welcome.
Next club ride: Sunday 5th February.
Contact usif you would like to join us or would like more information about future dates and events.
THIS MONTH'S OFFER is for a Basic Service worth £35. If you would like your bike serviced by a qualified Cytech mechanic then use this coupon and get 20% off. Offer valid in February 2012 only. See website for full details and terms and conditions. Forward this to a friend and share our great offer! Call us on 01874 610 071 if you're interested or if you have any questions regarding the maintenance services we offer in Brecon.
Offer Expires: 29th February 2012
Date added: 11/06/2011
Specialized 29 er Demo Centre
Date added: 10/16/2011
Winter Lights have arrived at Bikes and Hikes
For all your lighting needs commuter lights to off road night riding
Moon 1500 and 1000 lumen rechargeable lighting systems
Blackburn commuter lights
RSP rear night flare 5 led
Come and try them out in the shop
Date added: 10/12/2011
Barbarians go out at night
Night ride in the Talybont area - a group of 7 riders went out on a beautiful October evening.
From Talybont taking the road to the reservoir and then up into the forest on the right. A sustained clime followed on forest trails and then the reward a lovley view over the reservoir with a full looking moon with very little cloud. A long decent to the raod and back to Talybont to the pub.
Thanks to all who turned out
Date added: 10/11/2011
Specialized bikes and accessories now in at Bikes and Hikes
Bikes and Hikes are very pleased to announce that they are now Specialized main dealer for Brecon.
Specialized Hardrock 2012 mountain bikes have arrived in store and are beeing added to the hire fleet.
The Specialized clothing range is excellent quality and well thought out for maximum comfort and durability. Call in and have a look through the catalogue and watch this space for more exciting news from Specialized.
Date added: 09/20/2011
Well don to all those who entered the Brecon Beast
The Brecon Beast saw some Brecon Barbarians for the 1st time
I hope it wont be the last. It was a demanding ride but so worth it.
The Mountain threw everything to the riders it had to offer
Mud, rain, wind, you name it the riders got it
Well done to everyone who took part.
Date added: 09/20/2011
Barbarians head to the big city cycling from Brecon to Cardiff on the Taff Trail
It took us just over 8hours to ride from Brecon to Cardiff Bay. Its the best way to do it with constant downhill from Merthyr. It was a leisurely ride with cake and tea stops at Torpantu and somewhere south of Aberfan, where we stopped to look at the graves from the land slide disaster in 1966. With a chip stop in Merthyr we were well fueled! The toughest bit is the climb from Talybont, up the side of the reservoir along the forest road, took us about 45minutes. The last bit gets steeper but I look forward to it as I know it's the top. And the thought of a sweeping downhill with cake at the cafe - which shock horror was closed when we arrived. Fortunately the owner had only gone to Tesco for more cake and soon returned! Then there's some nice up and down through Taf Fechan forest past Pontsticill reservoir and over the viaduct into Merthyr. From there its all tarmac along the trail with a bit of minor road riding which slopes down to Cardiff, where the trial follows the Taff through the parks north of Cardiff. After crossing the Taff and mistakenly following the Bay trail we reached the end. Well nearly as it was another few miles ride to the YHA for a well earned shower and an urban 2 mile warm down walk to the pub for amazingly cheap good grub, a couple of beers and we were done (in!!).
Date added: 08/11/2011
Brecon Barbarians training for the Beast
The Gap ride, Brecon Barbarians, Sunday 7 Aug 2011
Six barbarians set off under darkening skies from Talybont and climbed the Brinore Tramroad and Taff Trail to Torpantu. It's a long steady climb up, but the terrain makes it pretty easy riding. There were great views over Talybont Reservoir, through the raindrops! and a stop for the inevitable puncture, before the steeper climb to the mountain road. A quick descent and turn onto the forest track took us to The Gap road. By this time the clouds had cleared giving sunny views of the ravine to cross. Blown Bridge/Bomber Hole Shoot is not for the feint hearted, there was a mixture of riding and walking down and up the steep slopes! A gentle long ascent and we were at the summit of the ride. A quick check to make sure Jon hadn't abandoned his BBNP waterproof (a novel way to keep signs weatherproof?!) and we were off down the other side. Its a loose rocky descent, best glided over at some speed and was the highlight of the ride for me, with views over Brecon to admire. More road and rocky bridleway and discussions on which cafe to stop in took us into Brecon and lemon meringue, Manchester tart (yes its a cake!) and scones to fuel the canal ride back to Talybont. An excellent half day of this classic 24mile ride.
I think they'll be another this Sunday as some of us prepare for the Beast in September!
Date added: 07/19/2011
Guided Bike Rides in Brecon Beacons for Summer 2011