Getting your #MTB fix while on lockdown

04/03/2020 by

It’s a first world problem, but not everyone happens to live on the doorstep of the Forest of Dean, and access to all its great trails.

Even if you are lucky enough too, like us, then the ‘Car, No Gnar, Not Far’ moto coined by Singletrack magazine should to be applied, so our rides are super chilled and well within our riding limits!

So how can you get your #MTB fix?

A great way is to use this time for some skills development – simple ‘back garden’ skills that can be done in a relatively small space. We have started to post a few on Pedalabikeaway tube so why not give it a follow and try them out?

Practicing a wheelie, manual or bunnyhop will allow you to come back to the trails as a more complete rider!

Don’t go mad though. We have seen plenty of people posting videos of jumping and some insane tricks. Have fun but don’t take any unnecessary risks : )

mtb skills coaching

(remember to practice social distancing – we didn’t have a manual machine picture : ) 

When you are all tired out from your ‘back garden skills’ then why not engage in some retail therapy! Most of your local shops will have developed an online offering out of necessarity over the last week or so, even if they didn’t have one before.

Please try and support them! They won’t be as cheap as your online cycle giants, but supporting your local shop will help ensure they are there when we are the other side of #Coronavirus and all able to get back fully open.

You can check out our fledgling online bike shop here and our ex-hire and demo bikes here

If everyone of our customers bought just one item over the next few weeks, it will help get us through these super tough times!

Use the time to go explore you local area.

Dust off a map and pour over it. We really like the Ordnance Survey website and use it loads for plotting routes with Wye MTB , it’s great for zooming in and spotting cool little bits that you’d never normally notice! Keep a lock out for those restricted byways, green lanes and bridleways. There are more than you think in most major cities!

We never thought we would say this, but give your gravel bike a dust off (if you have one) or use a hardtail. It may well be the best machine for mixing up some urban riding with some canal paths or local pieces of bridleway. You’ll sometimes be surprised and might find the odd spot of #localgold ! 

 

Plan your post #lockdown escape! 

Is there anything more satisfying that planning an awesome trip to celebrate when we get out of #lockdown? 

It may be safer to plan something UK based rather than abroad given we don’t know how this will pan out globally. 

We have been busy planning some great riding trips and events for September (we must be out of this by then, right?) and often you don’t need to go that far.  #FODfest will be back on the 19th Sepetmber, so keep that date in your diary. 

There will be loads of suppliers like Raw Sports, Crankbrothers, Troy Lee Designs, Burgtec, Whyte Bikes, Orange Bikes, a locally brewery, hog roast, races and DJ! 

Wye MTB are currently hard at work launching a new ‘best of wales’ 3 day trip, with a days riding in the Wye Valley  and Forest of Dean, a day in Mid Wales riding the amazing Dyfi off piste tracks, and finishing off with a morning raid up Snowdon…. How good does that sound? The first trip launches in September too!!!! Lucky that : ) 

More than anything, #staysafe all, and we can’t wait to welcome you back to the centre in hopefully the not to distant future!

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