Who we are

The Pedalabikeaway Story So Far

Aka PBA, or ‘Pedals’ to our friends!

The only hire company based directly at the trailhead.

We love welcoming visitors to the area and our locals. We have wide array of top quality hire bikes for both the family cycle trail and the mountain bike trails. We have a café that caters for all dietary needs including famous homemade cakes and exceptional coffee, a workshop to fix any repairs your bike may need and a bike shop to sell you lots of lovely cycling related things.  Essentially, we are a one stop shop!

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 downhill trails, then illegal tracks, 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. Now, people come from across the country to ride here, and we’ve even got World Champions and Olympic racers that come here to train! There’s something for every level of rider, from beginner to elite racer.  

From Fred to PBA Today

Fred worked tirelessly to create a loyal customer base and loved nothing more than to chat bikes with everyone.  Ian took over the business in 2011 and was 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. Gareth’s 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, but we’re always at the heart of mountain biking in the Forest of Dean. 

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Visit for a warm welcome, toasty fire, great food, and the best trails directly from your car.