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Vicky Balfour

13/12/2018
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Christmas Riding Roundup – Southern UK

Got time off over Christmas and fancy hitting the trails? We’re always happy to facilitate biking escapism here’s a round up of places across the South of England and their opening times plus a couple of organised rides that might be of interest. Biketart MTB Rideout 15 December – meet at Biketart HQ, Barham – 9.30am for 10am start https://www.facebook.com/events/228315537877299/ 29 December – meet at Biketart HQ, Barham – 9.30am for 10am start https://www.facebook.com/events/1197679897046234/   Ladies Multi Club Xmas Ride – Forest of Dean 22 December meet at 10am. Meet... Read More

21/09/2018
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Ard Moors 2018 – epic big-country racing

Ard Events is rapidly building a reputation for delivering excellent racing on exclusive trails combined with camping and a festival atmosphere. Growing in popularity like it’s big sister, Ard Rock, Ard Moors is the early autumn race to be seen at. At Biketart we love a road trip and a chance to race a selection of North Yorkshire’s finest private land trails was too much to resist. Biketart team members Ryan and Vicky were joined by Tom, a good friend of ours and passionate Santa Cruz owner. Camping opened on... Read More

09/08/2018
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Behind the scenes at Santa Cruz UK

A couple of weeks ago Santa Cruz and Juliana launched their revamped short and mid travel bikes across the world – the Santa Cruz 5010 and Bronson; and the Juliana Furtado and Roubion. A week later we headed up to Santa Cruz’s UK HQ in Yorkshire to find out more and see what they get up to there. The Bronson and Roubion have taken the same VPP/solid rear triangle that was introduced on the Nomad 4 last year and run with it.  The upper linkage is now anchored further back... Read More

23/07/2018
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Taking inspiration from the pro riders!

Whatever style of bike you ride – from road to gravel to mountain – the big events of the summer like the Tour de France, the Enduro World Series and the UCI Downhill Championships are great for inspiring us to get fitter, push harder and go faster. What’s the best way to do this when you’re a recreational cyclist. The short answer is simply to get more hours in on the bike but with busy lives it’s not always that simple. Drawing on the experiences of our staff and customers... Read More

18/07/2018
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Women’s Festival of Cycling – Biketart Ladies Ride – 8 July 2018

In celebration of the growing number of women riders we joined Cycling UK’s Women’s Festival of Cycling 2018 with a ladies ride round the local woods and lanes. As the ride came closer we kept our fingers crossed that the glorious sunshine would hold and we were in luck. Our mechanic, Vicky, was leading the ride and she spent a couple of early mornings before work scoping out the route. Kent is known as the Garden of England and Biketart is set in the middle of the Elham Valley, with... Read More

20/06/2018
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Santa Cruz 5010 – UK trails dream machine?

It’s hard to find a bike that ticks every type of mountain biking requirement but Santa Cruz’s 5010 certainly comes close for a large proportion of the UK’s trails. With 130mm travel front and back it has enough travel to allow you to enjoy features whilst still being twitchy on tight, twisty, single track. The 5010 is one of our best-selling bikes and for good reason. Rather than just telling you what we think, we asked one of our long-standing customers, Will Nelson. Will has been ragging his Santa Cruz... Read More

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UK Cycling Women’s Festival of Cycling – Ladies Social Ride

Ladies – grab your bikes and join us for a social ride around the Elham Valley. Part of Cycling UK’s Women’s Festival of Cycling the ride will be approximately 10 miles through lanes and forest fire roads at a gentle pace. To complete the celebration refreshments including bubbles and cake will be available at Biketart when we return. No bike, no problem! We’re offering a 50% discount on our hire bikes (including eBikes).  Hire bikes must be booked in advance – for bookings and more information, please call Vicky on... Read More