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  1. Welcome to the official Anatomic Sportswear thread. What exactly does that mean? Well, let's just say it's just a more official way to line up our relationships with BikeHub members - most of whom I've gotten to know over the years via my personal profile (Andrew Steer). Much of the time it will still be me posting on here, but other members of our staff will also have access to the profile, so we can make the most of it and keep you up to date with our latest products, promos and competitions. As most of you know we're a Sportswear manufacturer, we've been making cycling clothing for over 30 years at our factory in Parys just off the Vaal river. We've also recently successfully branched off into many other sporting disciplines. Running, Triathlon, Action Sports, Corporate Tee's, Golf, Netball etc. Basically, if you need any custom made performance apparel, we're the guys to call. We've got 100's of South African sized patterns and wide range of imported and locally manufactured performance fabrics to cover pretty much any needs. We're also permanently evolving and enhancing to cover current trends and needs. We've also got reps/showrooms based all around the country (www.anatomic.co.za/showrooms/) with the aim of delivering the best service possible. By South Africans, for South Africans - we're very proudly South African company with a long invested history in the sport of cycling through our magazine Ride and our numerous events, Crater Cruise, Southern Skies and our partnership in the rapidly exploding Spur Highschool Mtb Series. We also have an online retail wing (www.weardirect.co.za) which we will be expanding on in the next few months with a nice new website and some exciting new line items. So please, follow this thread if you want to be kept in the loop with what is happening our side; Sales, new products, competitions, giveaways, event specific offerings, limited edition kits etc. I might even just ask for some design input from our followers - we want to push Anatomic to higher levels than ever before, we want to deliver a South African product on par with the world's best brands. Thanks for reading and welcome along on our journey.
  2. I'm looking for recommendations for a pair of super grippy and good quality shoes to be used for trail/enduro mountain biking in conjunction with flat pedals! Five Ten seem to be the gold standard, but sadly are no longer available in SA it seems. My budget is ideally R1500+-
  3. We have worked really hard to raise funding and in turn to build a mountain bike trail in Hout Bay. The trail is just over the hill from Constantia Nek and is ideally placed for riders doing the green belts to get some technical riding in. We want people to try the trail out. If you like what you see and would like to see the trail develop, then you can buy a permit valid for 1 year from purchase at R60. The pin point is the entry to the trail. Please visit the Vlakkenberg MTB Trail for more information about access and permits. "Bicyclegear.co.za is proud to announce the establishment of the Vlakkenberg MTB Trail. The trail has been built on private land above the Constantia Nek Estate in Hout Bay. It features a 900m cross country loop that will eventually become a 2.5km course, that will run all the way down Constantia Nek. Please be aware that the trail is being developed all the time. We are open to feedback that we might add, change or correct to the trail. The Vlakkenberg mountain bike trail is named after the mountain on which it is built. Positioned on a beautiful piece of land, the trail has amazing views into Orangekloof. The lay of the land means the trail is technical and challenging through all its A-lines. For the less experienced we have created a B-lines, which means the trail can be enjoyed by all. The area is safe and far from the traffic which means families can park at Constantia Nek and ride to the trail, off-road. Powered by Private Client Holdings, Pedal Power Association and Bicyclegear.co.za, the vision of the trail is to increase riding skills through a maintained and safe cross country mountain bike trail. It is open and accessible to all riders, the only requirement is that you register and pay R60 to use the trail and ride with a trail number plate when using it. The permit is valid for one year from the date of purchase."
  4. So here's a look at the new 139 Track for a light downhill race, called the Dustin Rudman Invitational, going down in Pretoria this coming weekend. This video is of a shuttle day we had had last Saturday to practice for the race. If you keen to enter, you can still do so on the day. Race is on 24 - 25 August 2019:
  5. 100 Miler event organizers in South Africa have come together to present the first ever 100 Miler series in South Africa. Races forming part of the series that kicks off in 2020 are: Ride The Karoo Swartberg 100 Gran Fondo Race To The Sun Trans Elands Around the pot Maloti 100 Miler Race To The Sea The series will be based on a points system through SA Seeding where a riders top four (4) results will count towards his/her final series standings. Seven (7) unique 100 miler events will showcase tough yet spectacular routes all over South Africa. Using some the best gravel & jeep track roads in SA this will be a series for all to enjoy. The series winner will walk away with massive bragging rights, get their name engraved on the coveted “100 Miler series” trophy and take home a pay check from the pot of R50 000 up for grabs. The series kicks off on 22 February 2020 with Ride The Karoo event close to Middelburg (Easter Cape Province) on Fairview Guest Farm, experience the beautiful Karoo. After a hot start the series moves to Prince Albert for the Swartberg 100 Gran Fondo on 25 April 2020, where gravel and tar meets up and beautiful views can be expected as you crest the Swartberg pass. The 3rd event in the series takes riders to Hartbeespoort on 25 May 2020 for Race To The Sun , ride through picturesque landscapes and challenging terrains to the finish at Sun City. On 6 June 2020 the 4th event in the series, Trans Elands with a start/ finish near Jeffrey’s Bay takes riders through the Gamtoos and Elands River Valleys, where you can expect some big climbs as well as technical descents. The series then moves to Swellendam on 18 July 2020 for the Around the Pot event, loads of rolling hills with breath taking views can be expected. The 6th event in the Series will be the Maloti 100 Miler on 26 September 2020, starting in Barkly East, expect some big climbs including Naude’s Neck pass before finishing in Maclear. Finishing off the series in 2020 will be the Race To The Sea on 17 October from Franschhoek to Hermanus, looking forward to reaching the sea, Riding your bike is the best way to do it! The series has two categories competing for prize money; Open Men & Open Women, however riders in the Sub Vets, Vets, Masters & Grand masters categories will earn their spot on the final series podium. Not all events in the series are sanctioned by CSA so take note. Although some of the events in the series also offer shorter route options and team entry options, only Solo entrants in the 100 miler race distances will qualify for series points. Each event will be unique, true to its area and organizing staff, but will ultimately form part of this brand new exciting series. Choose your weapon | Choose your ride As the series continues to evolve we hope to grow and build on its success. Our primary goal is to further the growth of gravel & endurance cycling in South Africa by providing fun, safe and beautiful events that appeal to all. Events Timetable 22 Feb: Ride The Karoo 25 April: Swartberg 100 Grand Fondo 25 May: Race To The Sun 6 June: Trans Elands 18 July: Around The Pot 26 Sep: Maloti 100 Miler 17 Oct: Race 2 The Sea More details can be found at http://www.100milerseries.co.za/
  6. The Paarl Adventure Trail Network is a joint initiative between Hero Adventure Trails, Drakenstein Municipality and Land Owners to create a network of quality mountain bike , trail running and hiking trails . The city of Drakenstein and Paarl in particular is not only one of the most visited destinations in the Western Cape but one of the most beautiful .The custom-built trails traverse through a variety of terrain and boasts some spectacular features and views around and on Paarl Mountain. Take a journey of discovery and stop over at the many points of interest along the trail. Restaurants, wine, olive, cheese, guest houses, museums and various other artisans make up just some of the features along the trail. This Trail was designed to showcase the amazing features, venues and activities around the Paarl Mountain, most of the trail is wide single-track with a few climbs and intermediate technical sections. TRAILS: Base Trail (58km Orange Trail ): A journey around Paarl Mountain. Take your time and enjoy the traverse around Paarl Mountain, there are many points of interest and stop over points along the way. Various venues where you can stop to enjoy activities. You can also plan your trip and only use sections of the trail (Point to Point use). Many of these venues, artisans and farms rely on your support so please stop enjoy what they have to offer and don’t forget to thank these amazing folks. Reserve Trail ( 20km Purple Trail): Enjoy the picturesque landscape of fynbos vegetation dominated by massive rounded granite rock formations set among wild olives, rock candle-woods and wagon trees. There are a host of other activities to do in the reserve that include Picnics , Fishing and tours. Please note that this area is an environmentally sensitive area, do not deviate of the trails, remove or damage and fauna or flora. The trail is mostly sand road , but includes a couple of long climbs and steep descents . There are also links to the Hero Adventure Trails at Rhebokskloof and Spice Route as well as the Paarl Adventure Base trail. please note that on this route you share the road with vehicles , so keep left and be cautious. Link Trails ( Grey Trails ): There are 2 link trails between Hero - Rhebokskloof and Hero- Spice Route that both go up and over the Paarl Mountain reserve . Rhebokskloof - Spice Route Link Trail : 40km Spice Route - Rhebokskloof Link Trail : 25km Both trails have a few big climbs but the rewards are amazing . Hero Adventure trail Park Links: as part of the network we have included all the trail options at both Hero Adventure Trail Parks . opening up a variety of over 40 different trails to select 1 day pass gives you access to over 200km of trails , great venues and endless adventure Access to the trails is strictly through purchasing a day pass , no pass no use . Registration points include : Rhebokskloof wine estate Spice Route Destination Paarl Tourism Office Ridgeback Wine Estate Picardie farm http://www.paarladventuretrails.co.za
  7. Has anyone ridden this bicycle before? I am asking more about the new fork and rear shock from Fox that uses the new Live Valve technology. I would love to know what your experience was riding this bicycle with emphasis on the fork and shock. How was the setup, any issues? How was your riding? Did the technology work as expected? I am in 2 minds regarding this bicycle because it is new tech for a bicycle and it looks bulky with regards to the unit and the wiring. Is it worthwhile getting a bike with it now, or rather wait for more iterations of the unit? Here is the link to the bicycle: https://www.giant-bicycles.com/za/bikes-anthem-advanced-pro-29-2019
  8. I was wondering why you would choose Scott's HMX SL carbon frame over the HMF carbon frame? Just for reference, here are 2 mountain bikes that make use of these 2 frames: SCOTT SCALE RC 900 SL BIKE https://www.scott-sports.com/za/en/product/scott-scale-rc-900-sl-bike?article=269720008 SCOTT SCALE RC 900 PRO BIKE https://www.scott-sports.com/za/en/product/scott-scale-rc-900-pro-bike?article=269722007 If both frames had the exact wheelset and groupset on, what benefit would the HMX SL frame give over the HMF frame? If you were blind folded would you be able to notice the difference? I'm not a pro, but i do long distance riding and trail riding, that's about it. I'm competitive n my group, but not a pro. The pro bicycle has a horrible brown and red colour to it! I would love to hear your opinions.
  9. I'm doing a weekend away (Fri - Mon) for a family getaway to Crystal Springs Resort and contemplating whether we should be taking mountain bikes for the weekend. Are there any Mountain Biking Trails in and around Crystal Springs Resort? if so, has anyone previously been there and taken your bikes?
  10. Last week I spent a lot of time trying to get information about riding on the Zachariashoek Trails near Franschhoek. I found very little. Over the weekend I ventured out that way and decided not to hit the Matoppie Trail, but rather venture into this lost corner... ...and lost it is, but in a good way. The riding was tough. Tracks are rutted and you can't do the loop anymore because of a major wash away after the fires and the resulting erosion. But, I spotted baboon and Klipsringer up on the top of the plateau. The track I was on disappeared further up the mountain. The views are amazing and with "no service" you feel truly out there... Checkout all the photos here...
  11. It is so good to feel welcome on great trails that have been off limits for so long... Well done Pedal Power Association and ‪#‎cityofcapetown‬ for opening up part of the Constantia greenbelt and river environs to the mountain biking community. The trail reminds me of the "spruit" in Johannesburg from 20 years back. I am sure this new trail will become just as popular. The riding is very accessible to to all levels. The flats are flowing and fast, while further up the mountain there are good strenuous climbs. My highlight is the drop-in and switchbacks at the "Southern Cross Drive" trailhead! Have you ridden the trail yet?
  12. Hi guys Any suggestions regarding a decent 20-40km mtb cycling trail (+-1000m elevation) around Somerset West area? I am currently looking at the Helderberg farm mtb route for the weekend (29&30 July) Any info on the safety of the various routes on offer in the area? I get the feeling Schapenberg mtb trails are not safe due to its location. If anyone is keen to ride with me on the weekend or invite me to ride with their group will be great. Start ride after permits bough approximately 08h30. Alternative option is to drive through and cycle at Jonkershoek. *Johan
  13. Try the darker side of life. The entryRush Night One returns to trails on Northern Farm Nature reserve on the 6th of May with a brand new look and feel and new exciting trails for you to take on. This event caters for all levels of trail runner or MTB enthusiast with various distances across the disciplines:- 30km Night Adder MTB 20km Jackal Track MTB 10km Foxes Trail Run 6km Copperlake Ale Trail The trails are not overly technical due to it being a night event, safety is our biggest concern. Runners and riders will not be on the same trails at any point during the race. We are fortunate enough to enjoy a wide variety of wildlife at the farm, so while you are out there listen for the haunting sound of Jackal which are commonly seen along the trails, also look out for Porcupine, Monitor Lizard’s, various species of owls and the call of our breeding pair of fish eagles at sunset. Each trail is well marked with ample water stations to keep you hydrated. Kick back and enjoy a cold Copperlake brew after the race around the campfire or win one of the many hampers we have to give away to participants. Limites entries available:- ​https://www.nightoneseries.com/ It is the darks to turn to be afraid. Catch you out there.
  14. A bit of news in this post for the last "fortnight" TokaiMTB build day. Have a read.. If you recall before the fire, build days were set at one build per month. We would get a turnout of any number of people but usually not exceeding ten. That said, the turnout was never a problem, if I recall there was only ever one day that I can remember cancelling a build day due to poor turnout - which for people working hard in the heat or rain on a day they could rather be riding, or spending time with their families after a week in the office, always impressed me. There's always been a reason to continue the volunteer builds even with small numbers, because of a dedicated group who saw the value for everyone's benefit to keep this network of trails open for the last 20+ years. So now after the fire and the first ever closure of Tokai, the thought of reopening the damaged and overgrown trails was quite daunting when we considered that most of the work would need to be done for free and in a tight timeframe too. Sure, as a committee and even before that, we identified the need to find a source of income to pay people to manage the trails if the sport in Tokai was ever to progress and remain sustainable, especially with the new conservation requirements coming into effect as the pines are removed but that self-sustaining income source continues to be an elusive one to say the least.. ; ) So what turnout could we expect with an introduction of a build day every two weeks if one per month was drawing the core group of only ten? We only had a few months available to us during ideal building weather and the list of work was way longer than ever set out before! Well, I can quite honestly tell you that we didn't expect almost 20 per day and on average almost 60 per month! Not only did we meet our targets for open trails but we were able through the effort of these volunteers to allow the TokaiMTB appointed contractors enough time to craft a few sections of trail to give everyone a taste of what is still to come.. The PPA, seeing the value of trails in our city, didn't hesitate to approve the money we needed after the first trail was cleared. Rain and heat certainly didn't matter to the volunteers, we even threw out a few warnings of high temperatures or freezing cold, windy and wet days only to have greater response and turnouts than the weeks before?! This defies all logic but then it is said that riding is a "spiritual thing" and yes, we were also offering Devil's Peak beer. Sadly, we have come to the start of the summer months and without tempting heat exhaustion, we made a choice from the start to revert back to one build day per month. We do still have a lot more work ahead of us and while the frequent volunteer builds are possibly the best way forward, we know that riding time is also going to be high on people's to-do lists certainly after Tokai is open (hint). Build days will continue to be advertised on the TokaiMTB website, Twitter, Facebook & Bikehub but will revert back to one build day per month from the end of September. Thanks again for everyone's commitment and patience, the reward is on the way .. The registration link, 24 September, 2016
  15. Looking to put together a list of amazing places to ride, please share your pictures and your experience here....
  16. Hi Everyone I am a new cyclist to Cape Town and the Southern Suburbs. I moved down here from JHB and am wanting to pick up some riding/racing again. I have had a bit of a lay off from riding, last event was the 2015 Double Century which I completed on a tandem in one of the tandem teams. I would like to find out if there is anyone looking for a riding buddy? Please contact me if you have any options to offer.
  17. TMNP management understands that users are eager to access these areas, however they remain very sensitive and unsafe, and public use of these areas are off limits due to: Smouldering and burning vegetation still needs to be extinguished and flare ups will occur as stumps and roots burn. Standing trees that have been burnt or damaged by the fire are extremely dangerous as they continue to come down in the area. Recently burnt veld (as well as adjacent areas) is hazardous as the fire will have burnt roots underground and foot falls may cause serious injuries. Unstable slopes may result in rock falls Winds and rain may exacerbate the danger with respect to falling trees, branches, rock falls and mudslides Hazardous clear-felling operations of the burnt plantation trees are underway by Cape Pine Disturbance to surviving animals Burnt areas are sensitive as windblown seeds can be damaged and the first emerging plants can be killed by accidental trampling Disturbance to sensitive erodible soils The closure of the burnt areas will be continually assessed and reopening will only be considered once all safety and environmental issues have been addressed. For some areas this may take between six to twenty four months. TMNP management and staff would like to assure the public that their focus is to secure the areas for the public’s safety and to as quickly as possible rehabilitate the affected sites for future use. Please assist us by being patient and please remain out of all burnt areas while mother nature heals herself.
  18. In the interest of public safety, as well as for the protection of the environmental integrity of the Silvermine and Tokai sections of Table Mountain National Park (TMNP), park management decided that these two areas will remain closed to the public until further notice. Click here to view the article
  19. Msaro Competition launches on the 21st of April. One lucky winner will win a weeks worth of mountain biking in the French Alps during it's launch week in August this year. Prize includes, Airport transfers, twin share accommodation in our luxury mountain chalet, breakfast and dinner every day. 7 days, 6 nights, and 5 days of awesome riding through Courchevel, La Tania and Meribel with a local guide and 10 other mtb enthusiasts. All you need to do to enter is click through to our Facebook page, LIKE and SHARE the post and tell us why you should win this amazing prize worth R22,000 (£950) https://www.facebook.com/msarouk/ Competition closes on the 14th of May * Please note, prize does NOT include flights to Geneva Switzerland or Visa's. http://www.msaro.co.uk/ Good luck. Regards Gila
  20. I ride my mountain bike from Machadodorp to Dullstroom once or twice a month via the dirt road , mostly on Saturdays , inviting anyone who feels like it to join me. I usually start at between 8 and 9 in the morning , we have a bakkie that goes along with a cooler box and I take it relatively easy , although you are welcome to knock yourself out if you feel strong , it is a steep climb to Dullstroom and mostly downhill with nice scenery on the way back , we usually have lunch at the Duck & Trout Total distance: 76 km roughly mostly dirt road and very little traffic. if you are interested or need more detail call me on 083 207 2171 , Delon Machadodorp is two and half hours drive from Pretoria going toward Nelspruit let me know if you have any questions
  21. This last weekend, www.bicyclegear.co.za were fortunate to spend some time out near Bonnievale at the Drecaso Chalets and Conference. The area has quiet district roads as well as a plethora of designated mountain bike trails throughout the valley. The chalets are an ideal place to use as a base to explore and train. We rode a 92km loop from the chalets to McGregor. Then up the Bosmanskloof Pass and back along another route. We climbed in total, 1200 metres over 92km's. When we reached the top of the Bosmanskloof Pass, we could clearly see the road wind up the Galgeberg to the antenna on top. Has anyone ridden up to the mast? I have looked on "Strava Heatmaps" and clearly see the route has been lit up. We would love to hear how the experience was and to see some photos.
  22. Good day! I am a total beginner mountain bike rider, and I was wondering if there is any other beginner MTB ladies who would be interested in riding with me? I also want some advice on routes to do around Pretoria? I am located in Monument Park. Thank you in advance!
  23. Opening Weekend of Hero Adventure @ Hobby Park 10 July 2015 Hero adventure are proud to announce the opening of our 3rd Hero Adventure Park . Hero Adventure @ Hobby Park is situated in Rangeview Krugersdorp on the Corner of Lud Herch and Robert Broom Drive . Opening Weekend 10 July ( Friday) Jozi Night Series ( 4pm till late )· 3km kiddies race : 5:30pm · 5km Trial Run : 6:15pm · 10km Trail Run : 6:15pm · 20km MTB : 6:45pm · 10km Mtb 7 :00pm · lots of great music and entertainment · There will be burgers , Borrie Rolls ,cold rinks and hot chocolate on sale · You are welcome to bring your own Braai , Picnic and Drinks · Don’t Forget your Lights , Blankets and Chairs if you need 11 July ( Saturday)· 5km Guided Fun Trail Run : 7:30am Start · 10km Guided Fun Trail Run : 7:30am Start · All Trails Will be open to enjoy for the rest of the day · Fun Water points , jumping castles and lots of great entertainment 12 July ( Sunday )· 10km Guided fun MTB Outride 8:30am Start · 20km Guided Fun MTB Outride 8:30am Start · All Trails Open to enjoy for the rest of the day · Fun Water points , jumping castles and lots of entertainment There will be food on sale at the venue , but you are welcome to bring a braai or picnic basket and enjoy the day with us Please note there are a number of other activities on offer at the park including: Mountain Biking , Trail Running , Functional Training , Paintball , 4X4 Track , Fishing and lots more . so bring the family or a bunch of mates and have a great day out Why Hobby Park Since we started with the Hero Adventure concept our vision was always to create a multi sport venue that not only has something to offer a variety of people , but a fun place that guests could feel excited to visit . Our 1st Park is a growing success and the decision and opportunity to open more parks at other venues presented itself , so we decided to bite the bullet and take the chance For us its not about been loud and shouting from the rooftops , its about listening to our supporters and over time developing a venue that they want . Features they dream of taking on and events they want to compete in . When we opened the 1st Venue . Hero Adventure @ Heia Safari just over 15 months ago we had been developing the trails for over 10 months before we opened , and that was just the start , the real building , changes and moulding was and continues since then . We opened our 2nd Park in Ballito KZN , Hero Adventure @ Sugar Rush about 2 months ago and the same applies to this venue , a work in progress Hero Adventure @ Hobby Park is much the same as the above . The Venue and Land we are able to use is not big and over time we will probably only get around 40km of trails , but to us that is great , this park gives us the opportunity to develop something different , we want these 40km of trails to blow you away . By the Opening on 10 July there will 4 different trails , all varying distances and difficulties , but we have tried to ensure there is a trail for everyone On Offer : · Mountain Biking Trails · Trail Running Trails · Functional training facilities · Paint Ball , Airsoft and Target Shooting · 4X4 Trail · Fishing As with our other venues this is just the beginning and the real work starts from the opening , we look forward to you guys giving the park a go and more importantly as always your feedback , from there we listen and hopefully mould this park into something everyone can enjoy From 10 July Hero adventure @ Hobby Park Will be open the Following times during Winter · Tuesday –Thursday 8am – 5pm · Friday – Sunday 6:30am – 5pm · Public Holidays 6:30am – 5pm Please check out our social media pages for details on entries , events and all updates HERO ADVENTURE TEAM
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