Peak District MTB Mudguards

Apr052016
PeakDistrict Mudaguard Available in the shop.

We think this is something of a of win win. Keep the mud out of your eyes and help to protect the trails that we all love.

Our new Peak District MTB front mudguards are now available from Bike Garage, Bamford and Cafe Adventure, Hope.

Only £9 (all profits are to go towards trail maintenance)

Whinstone – Cutthroat Maintenance Project 001

Feb282016

If you have ridden a Mountain bike in the Peak District chances are that you have ridden this route. The section in question is less than 2km in length cutting across the moors above Ladybower. It forms part of the Derwent Edge loop. But due to various reasons over the years the character and nature of it has changed. Once a narrow ribbon of rocky singletrack, it has widened in part due to its popularity. Not just with bikers but also walkers.  Lack of any active maintenance has lead to a spreading of the Bridleway, there other factors at play but enough of the sad stuff.

Derwent Edge

The Classic Derwent Edge section leads onto Whinstone Lee Tor.

I have been involved in local MTB advocacy for around 10 years now. In that time a larger maintenance project by a private contractor has been on the cards for the Whinstone Lee tor section. As part of Peak District MTB I and others have been carrying out maintenance on many local bridleways. With landowner/PDNPA/DCC support these jobs have focused on simple tasks such as removing surface water, repairing erosion and stopping path spread. Simple jobs with the aim of keeping the character of each bridleway the same as it has historically been. Ultimately keeping them fun to ride but making them more sustainable. We started doing this work under the watchful and vastly experienced eye of Martin Sharp. A local PDNPA ranger who has countless years of experience on the pennine bridleway and routes across the park.

Tools of the trade
Tools of the trade
Summer evening maintance on Derwent Edge.
Summer evening maintance on Derwent Edge.

Probably the original reason I and others started doing this was due to a frustration in either the lack of active maintenance on routes. Many of which are old historic rights of way. Packhorse routes, old drovers trails.  Or at the other end of the spectrum a non specific approach such as to widen and flatten routes. Where the original character  of the route isn’t taken into account. The repairs we are undertaking on Whinstone lee tor are to improve the route, defining the rideable line and hopefully stop path spread.

A gullied section of the trail, reshaped.
A gullied section of the trail, reshaped.
Rocks added to the face of a natural rock step, helpful when climbing.
Rocks added to the face of a natural rock step, helpful when climbing.
Selective moving of rocks, to open up the mineral based line.
Selective moving of rocks, to open up the mineral based line.
A gully section that has been filled in, with added rock steps for interest.
A gully section that has been filled in, with added rock steps for interest.
Tools
Tools
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This repair job is somewhat larger than anything else we have attempted before, and we are limited in the scope of what can be done.  We have started working on the route at his time of the year in a attempt to have a defined line sorted before spring. Hopefully seeing some of the above will have inspired you to get involved. If it has get in contact or keep an eye on the Peak District MTB facebook page for upcoming dig days.

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A windy ride

Jan282016

Today we went on a windy ride, to gather images and double check information for a new route we are going to add to the website over the next couple of days.

Up on Hollins Cross this morning. With @shanebikes and @sarahhlomas.

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Cave Dale, in the wet who’s idea was this again. #peakdistrictmtb #26isntdead

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Wedneday 20/1/16 Shop Ride

Jan162016

The next shop ride is this coming Wednesday 20th of January from the shop. Starting at 6.15 for around 2 hours, come and join us. Cup of tea if you get here early enough.

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Always an Epic Backdrop

Jan112016

The backwards brain bike.

Dec142015

The backwards brain bike.

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Christmas/New Year Opening hours

Dec132015

We will be opening until Wednesday the 23rd of December and then closed until Monday 4th of January 2016.

Happy Christmas and New Year. Thank you for your support in 2015.

Christamas

Wednesday Evening Night Rides

Dec072015

Charge your lights…Wednesday evening night rides, we have teamed up with Billy at Cafe Adventure.

Alternating start locations between the cafe and the shop.

First ride Wednesday 9th of December from Bamford and 23rd in Hope.

Starting at 6.15 at an easy pace, for around 2 hours.

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A very productive afternoon!

Dec052015

Very productive afternoon!

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Need a Hanger?

Nov032015

Out on a ride and snap your hanger, give us a call.

We keep a selection of hangers for many major brands. They are high quality CNC aluminium.

 

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About Us

Set up in 2011 by James Irwin, The Bike Garage is a small bike shop located in Bamford, Peak District. Focused on offering high level of customer service, and although we may only be a small shop we stock large brands. Offering bikes for Hire and sale.

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