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
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
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
In the animal kingdom, creatures make use of all sorts of clever little techniques to camouflage themselves. From striped zebra, to leaf life stick insects to bark coloured treecreepers – all very clever. But it all looks like kids playing hide and seek compared to the amazing chameleon. Capable of actually changing their skin colour by internally manipulating a range of pigments at different levels, allowing them to blend in, signal to other chameleons and even regulate their body temperature, they are one of the most adaptable creatures in the... Read More
Orange Bikes: A History if the All Round Range Big news at Biketart. We have a new bike brand coming on board. They are British. They hail from Yorkshire. They’ve been around since the dawn of MTB time. That’s right folks..Orange bikes are coming to Biketart. Time to let you know a bit about their history and development. Because that sort of thing’s important, right? It all begins with wind surfing. Yep, that’s right, windsurfing. Keen outdoor sports guy and windsurf company owner, Roger Tushingham acquired, in 1986, a Muddy Fox Courier... Read More
While wandering the isles of the London Bike Show back in February, on a mission to track down the secrets behind the mythical DH29er, I visited a few of my personal favourites. While I had the job of chatting to Biketart’s regular suppliers, I also used a bit of my own time to peruse the brands that, after more than twenty years of mountain biking, I hold in some affection. Amongst those brands, one of them makes me go a little more doe-eyed than the rest – Orange bikes. I... Read More
WE HAVE OUR WINNER! We’re pleased to announce the winners of our MyCanterbury Competition. Our winner has been selected at random from a hat pick and the lucky recipient of a winter jacket and Premium Service is Kirsty Follington. Better luck next time to everybody else, there will be an exciting competition coming up in the new year for our new Workshop 1-2-1 sessions!