PBA (Pedalabikeaway) 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). Essentially, we were there at the beginning of the sport in the UK. The sport has grown and so have we!
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 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.
PBA, or Pedals to its friends, prides itself 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 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. 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 love greeting both visitors to the area and our locals. We hold lots of events, serve exceptional coffee and always have some of Mary’s famous homemade cakes for you to sample.
Three years ago, we opened our second café at the beautiful Mallards Pike Lake. The lake is just a short forestry track diversion from the family trail, and is the perfect place for a refreshment stop.
We are also extremely excited to announce that from April 2021 we will be hiring bikes from the NDAC (National Dive and Activity Centre) on the outskirts of Chepstow. A brand new family traffic free, greenway is opening from the centre to Tintern village. It snakes alongside the picturesque Wye river and through a 1km tunnel! A must for any visitor to the area.