About Us

Welcome to Pedalabikeaway at the Forest of Dean, aka PBA, or Pedals to our friends!

We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service, investing in our staff, investing in the trails, offering coaching to the next generation of bikers, building the biggest youth MTB club in the country and sourcing products from as many local suppliers as possible for both the café and the shop.

We love greeting both visitors to the area and our locals.  We hold lots of events, serve exceptional coffee and always have some of Marys famous homemade cakes for you to sample.

We have wide array of top quality hire bikes for both the family cycle trail and the mountain bike trails, and we are the only hire company based directly at the trailhead at the Forest of Dean Cycle Centre.  We have a café that caters for all dietary needs, a workshop to fix any repairs your bike may need and a shop to sell you lots of lovely cycling related things.  Essentially, we are a one stop shop!

We also have a lovely cafe at the beautiful Mallards Pike lake, just a short distance off the family trail, and the perfect place to stop for some refreshment, lunch, cake and coffee – all with stunning views, and a car park for easy access.

And there’s more! We’ve opened a second bike hire centre on the brand new Wye Valley Greenway next to the NDAC (National Diving and Activity Centre) on the outskirts of Chepstow just over the M48 Severn Bridge and a short hop from Bristol. They Wye Valley Greenway is a family-friendly traffic-free route from the NDAC to picturesque Tintern Village, snaking along the side of the beautiful River Wye, through a 1km old railway tunnel, with incredible views along the way. It’s a must for any visitor to the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean!

Where it all started

PBA (Pedalabikeaway) has a long history at the Forest of Dean. It was born in the late 1980’s by Fred and Hilary Carpenter.  Bikes were initially hard working hybrids designed for the Family Trail, but before long illegal downhill trails started popping up all over the Sallowvallets Enclosure.  Early hire mountain bikes were 90mm travel hardtails with long stems and narrow bars (not forgetting the toe clips).

Over time, the downhill trails became a permitted feature of the cycle trails at the Forest of Dean Cycle Centre, and more graded cycle trails were built including the award-winning Verderers blue trail. People come from all across the country to ride here, and we’ve even got World Champions and Olympic racers that come here to ride and train! There’s something for every level of rider, from beginner to elite racer.  

Fred worked tirelessly to create a loyal customer base and loved nothing more than to chat bikes with everyone.  Jo and Ian took over the business in 2011 and were joined shortly afterwards by Gareth, together building the PBA we know today. Both had been riding locally for years, with Ian having been the Operations Director at PGL, and Gareth the Performance Manager at British Cycling. Gareths first ever race was in 1992 at the Forest!

Essentially, we were there at the beginning of mountain biking in the UK.  The sport has grown and so have we!

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