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“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time” – T.S. Eliot

Introductory Courses

Every journey starts with a single step (or pedal stroke)… and when embarking into the wonderful world of bicycle travel things can seem somewhat overwhelming; especially as we firmly feel that traveling by bike is not the sole preserve of ‘cyclists’. Many of the people we’ve met on massively impressive bicycle adventures started out with little or no cycling experience. Part of the fun is all about learning your lessons from the road but there are some basics that it’s useful not to have to learn the hard way…

So we’ve put together a couple of introductory courses to help set you off on the right foot.

An Introduction to Bikepacking

‘Bikepacking’, is essentially strapping stuff to your bike and going off for a ride that lasts a few days (or a few days more). A bit like backpacking with a bike… get it?.. Clever. It’s getting lots of attention as a ‘new thing’ in cycling but really people have been doing this stuff since bikes were invented.

What has come along more recently is lots of nice lightweight stuff that allows you to be self supported whilst still having a bike that’s enjoyable to ride. As such it lends itself to micro-adventures in off road cycle touring or fast and light road touring.

The beauty of bikepacking is that you can do it anywhere, even riding straight out of your own backdoor you’re likely to have an adventure finding things you never knew were there. A bicycle and a few bits of kit is all you need for short escape where you go and have fun riding your bike then sleep out under the stars. We reckon it’s the perfect antidote to ‘modern life’.

It all sounds very simple, and it is, but like most things, if you’ve never done it before it might all seem a bit daunting; you might not have anyone to go with; you don’t know what kit to take with you; you’re not sure what to eat; where to sleep… all of these things can easily put you off ever trying in the first place and that’s where we come in…

We’ll do a two day instructional experience, as a group, to show you all the basics you need to know so that then it’s easy to get out and have your own adventures.

We can kit you out with all the stuff you need from our adventure hire fleet(link) at half the normal price. Alternatively, you’re welcome to bring your own bike and/or equipment.

We’ll spend a bit of time on what to take and how to get things ready and then we’ll learn by doing, heading off the beaten track on an overnight bikepacking adventure in the wilds of the Peak District National Park, covering the stuff you need to know along the way.

No previous cycling experience is necessary and it isn’t an endurance test so only a moderate fitness level is required. It’s more about enjoying being out and about to show you the ropes of bikepacking:

  • Gear: What to take and how to pack your bike.
  • Bike skills: Loaded off-road riding.
  • Basic bike maintenance.
  • Navigation.
  • Wild camping: what to do, where to sleep, how to make shelter
  • Fuel: Camp cooking & nutrition

All you’ll need to bring is a suitable sleeping bag and bags of enthusiasm!

Course Dates and Pricing

It makes sense for there to be a group of us so if you can’t manage to rope your mates in then we’ve a number of open course dates on our calendar.

Price for the course is £250 for the first rider then £50 for each subsequent rider plus any bike and gear hire at half the normal price.

We want to make the course manageable and informative for everyone, so rather than having a herd of bikepackers, the maximum number we take is on each course is 5. If you’ve got a bigger group please get in touch and we can sort something out.

An Introduction to Adventure Cycle Touring.

Heading off on a big cycling adventure is a cheap, accessible and uniquely amazing way of exploring the world. Everyone that we’ve met on the road has had their own way of doing things. Some want to break records, others complete goals for charity and some just want to escape and enjoy the perspective it gives them on the world. We believe that everyone has the opportunity to undertake this kind of adventure, all you need is a sense to know that you can.

Our introduction to adventure cycle touring course is for those who dream of having a big cycling adventure but would like a bit of a practical knowledge base to start with. It’s really surprising how many people we’ve met on the road who’ve cycled half way round the world but still don’t know how to fix a puncture correctly or tune their gears; where to pitch a tent or how to sh*t in the woods. We’ll go through some well researched basics of life on the road, tailored specificly to you and your own adventure:

  • Gear: What to take and how to pack your bike.
  • Bike skills: Heavy loaded riding.
  • Roadside bike maintenance.
  • Navigation.
  • Wild camping: what to do, where to sleep.
  • Fuel: Camp cooking & nutrition

We like to learn by doing so we’ll use our excellent location in the Peak District to head out on a mini cycle tour and go through stuff along the way

If you’re planning for a specific trip then it’s best to bring your own bike and gear but if you’re looking for a taster or you don’t know what to get then you can always hire stuff from our adventure hire fleet at half the normal price.

Course Dates and Pricing

We want to tailor the course to the specific needs of your trip so contact us to arrange a date that suits you or your group.

Price for the course is £250 for the first rider then £50 for each subsequent rider plus any bike and gear hire at half the normal price.