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  1. With international travel not really on the cards for the foreseeable future, you probably aren’t the only one looking out for some local options for a weekend away with the family. Local travel is the perfect way to satisfy that travel craving and let’s be honest, we live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. People travel from all over the world to visit what we have right on our doorstep. View full article
  2. One of those areas is the beautiful Overberg, specifically the coastline between Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond. The Kleinmond area needs no introduction, it’s a firm favourite for many a weekend adventure or day trip for a scenic drive along Clarens Drive, but while a busy beach might not be everyone’s cup of ale, there is a small reserve just off the main road between Betty’s Bay and Kleinmond that has some great trail running and MTB routes. While the MTB route is just 11km out and 11km back, it has some great views with just over 400m of climbing. Not much single track though but the jeep track is so technical at times it more than makes up for it. The route starts from the main car park where you can also purchase your day permit. It starts off with a gradual climb up along past the eco-cabins that have been put up recently. Called the Mbali Collection, they are 8 magnificent glass fronted eco-cabins built with as little impact to the reserve as possible. Five of them are 2 sleepers and three are 6 sleepers. The perfect place to relax and explore all that the nature reserve has to offer. Each cabin has its own bedding, crockery and cutlery and is powered by the Eskom grid with backup solar power. A Braai and grid is provided as well. The jeep track, as mentioned, is very rocky and technical so the ride still requires a fair amount of concentration. The road actually goes out all the way to the highlands road that links up to Grabouw but it’s unfortunately not possible to link up to Grabouw any more due to different landownership in the valley. The track follows along the Palmiet River which in summer is an excellent way to cool down as it can get quite warm in the valley. Winter rainfall means the river flows stronger in the colder months, which makes the views out over the valley pretty exceptional. Like I said, it might not have twisty singletrack and steep drop offs but the views more than make up for it. The jeep track route also makes it the perfect place for a novice or beginner cyclist to build up some confidence before tackling something a bit more advanced. There are a few river crossings which need to be navigated on foot but otherwise it is a great place to practise, especially if you have just moved from flat pedals to clipless pedals. We all know how daunting that can be, so having a space free of cars to build confidence clipping in is always a winner. Once you turn around you almost feel like you are in a different valley because you see things from a different perspective. It really makes the ride feel like you are going point to point instead of out and back. Also on the reserve is the Oudebosch Eco Cabins which make you feel about as close to nature as you can get. Just like the Mbali Collection they are glass fronted but they feature five four sleeper cabins with two separate bedrooms and a spacious kitchen, lounge and dining area. The type of place you can arrive on Friday evening with all your supplies and not leave till Sunday evening. A total mountain Emersion experience. Apart from the MTB track there are plenty of hiking trails of various difficulties waiting to be explored. The shortest being just 3km and the longest being 24km. For those who enjoy multi-day hikes, there is a fantastic two day hike called the Highlands Trail which leaves from the Iona wine farm. It’s safe to say that whatever sport or activity you enjoy other than your cycling, the Kogelberg area has access to it all. CapeNature is offering free entry at selected CapeNature reserves during Access Week from 13 - 20 September. For more information call 087 087 8250, email reservation.alert@capenature.co.za or visit https://www.capenature.co.za/events/access-week
  3. Hi all, I will be flying to the US with Qatar. I have a Scicon aerocomfort road bike bag. Will this be accepted with Qatar? Is it necessary to turn the handlebars around or can I put my bike in as is with handlebars in place in the Scicon bag? Thanks!
  4. Please share this very urgent warning to all South African athletes, especially cyclists. After the trauma I have experienced in the past 24hrs, I hope no one else falls into this trap. If you intend to travel overseas with your bicycle, or any other sporting equipment of a similar size (surfing, wind surfing, paragliding etc). Please please PLEASE don't book your flights with Emirates!!!!! You will regret it as much as I am doing now when you pitch up at the airport with your bike bag/box and get slapped with a $500 US (R7500) charge to have your bike on the plane. Emirates advertises a new baggage policy (effective April 2016), with an impressive 2x 23kg pieces of luggage per traveller when flying from/to Africa. What is hidden in the fine-print however, is that they limit the size of these pieces to nothing bigger than a medium sized suitcase. You try fitting a bike, kit, clothes and everything else you need to compete overseas with, into 2 suitcase....in fact, just try fitting a bicycle into that space. Emirates has effectively banned all athletes from travelling overseas on their airline and I am sure there are a lot of people who's travels and plans are going to be horribly ruined in the near future. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SHARE!!!
  5. Its Wacky Wednesday again, and today we are excited to offer you 2 for the price of 1 on all our currenty available tours and expereinces. Thats right, EVERY SINGLE available expereinces is avaiable on the two for one special if you book it before midnight tonight. However, in terms of value for money, we would suggest you consider one of the following options: Legendary Lesotho Ride- 5-9 November 2020 - A high altitude MTB experiences vistiting world heritage sites, amazing views, killer climbs and epic descents.... Makgadigadi MTB Experience - Either in October or for something a little different, join the new years trip, and enter 2021, under the stars on the grand expanse of the Makgadigadi Pans Tuli Wild Ride - 7-10 Jan 2020 - This has been a popular seller, and all our 2020 departures are already fully booked, jump in early, and secure your spot on the first ride of 2021. How it works: 1. Visit the website (https://adventurelogistics.co.za/), and pick the expereince you would like to book 2. Complete the online booking and payment process 3. Once the booking is complete, and payment has been made, you will be contacted by someone frome our sales team, who will confirm your booking, and get the details for your riding partner. (If you dont know who your partner will be at this stage, its not a problem, we will make a note, and contact you closer to the time to confirm their details) 4. You only need to book for 1 to qualify, do not select 2 persons when indicating your quantity on checkout, as your will then be booking for 4 pax. There is however no limit to the number of spots you want to book. The special applies to any quantity. ie: if you want to book for 6, select 3 pax on checkout. ] 5. Only valid for bookings completed by 11:59 on Wednesday 22 Jul 2020 Payments made via EFT will qualify you for a free buff and water bottle on arrival for your trip
  6. It is finally all systems go for domestic travel within South Africa, and that means we can go ahead with our remain local MTB adventures for the year without any restrictions. To celebrate this, we have two amazing offers for hubbers today. Book one of the last 4 spots on our Ride the Richtersveld Trip today for only R6000 (Normally R9350.00) and you will get a free entry into the Lesotho Legends Ride for January 2021 as well - To book click here: https://adventurelogistics.co.za/product/ride-the-richtersveld/ Or - Book one of the last 8 places left on the Tonteldoos and Beyond Ride for only R2350 (normally R3950.00), and you will receive a R1500.00 voucher to spend on any other Adventure Solutions Experience. To book this now, click here: https://adventurelogistics.co.za/product/tonteldoos-beyond-13-17-nov-2020/ Offer only valid till midnight tonight (19/082020). We look forward to exploring with you. For any questions or queries feel free to call/whatsapp me on 0632202895, or call the office on 012 682 0185
  7. So I know I am probably a bit late to the party but all the rules are pretty unclear. My question is can I travel across districts (Overberg to Cape Winelands and Cape Town) to ride? Anyone able to enlighten me. Thanks
  8. Hey everyone! I and my partner are interested in travel (just a bit) around Cape Town after the race ends. We would like to do the Garden Route by car. Does anyone know safe ways to save our bikes (despite the original hotels we booked at Cape Town)? Thanks in advance !
  9. Could anyone cast some light on the best way to package / transport bikes for international flights? My bike is full carbon (MTB) and we plan to fly via Italy to Slovenia in August. Is a bike box sufficient, or should we purchase bags? Renée
  10. Hi guys and girls... I have had the good fortune of being able to ride my bikes in a variety of different places over the past little bit. So I threw together this little video of the journey. Sometimes I forget the vast differences in riding type, terrain and eco-systems we get to play in and on... And when they're all stacked up one after the other in a video the contrasts become quite obvious... Hope you guys enjoy it! Philth
  11. The Jabberwocky on the Kirroughtree trail network from my little Scotland tour... On a super sunny day! https://youtu.be/zhASNbXIXbk
  12. Assuming you have two weeks to travel overseas and experience the best in international cycling: Which event would you attend? Feel free to add something that might be even better than the options listed. PS. We are in the early stages of planning a trip for 2020 or 2021, but we don't know where we want to go. This is to give us some pointers.
  13. Hallo fellow Hubbers! I'm looking to join (or create) a lift club to travel from Cape Town to Willowmore on 9 or 10 August 2018 and return on 12 August. Anybody keen to join or got space for 1? (By that time we might be paying R25/litre) Regards Dirk
  14. Has anyone come across a situation where they want a more progressive feel to their fork for for aggressive trail riding and found that said for cannot accept tokens or spacers as with RS & FOX? I have fantastic Suntour Epixon TR (Trail) 15mm thru bolt with 130mm travel on my hardtrail which I am bumping to 140mm but, I want the fork to feel just bit more progressive. Instead of a top cap like RS where you can screw the tokens in to and then add more tokens these have a top cap that has a yellow sponge cylinder that you can cut down to make it less progressive but, you cannot make it longer to add progression. Any ideas on a what could work bearing in mind that this is NOT an open bath system and works with the air cartridge and has no oil in the air chamber as with other brands? The more entry level TK30 Gold and Silver RS forks suffer the same fate along with Suntour Raidon and XCR air forks
  15. Hi fellow cyclists Voete_bike_fanie, wants to go to Nepal and ride along the country side with bicycles. I would like to go during the December holidays, its not to warm and not too cold that time of year. I really don't mind any age, but preferably between 26-36 years of age. Moenie skaam wees nie, ons gaan nie te hard trap nie . My thoughts are sleeping over in tea houses, (ek wil nie kamp nie want dis nog uitgawes), at night and during the day doing some sightseeing, getting mauled by little children for sweats, trying not to fall off the cliffs to sudden death and exciting stuff like that. However I don't want to go alone so if anyone wants to join post here. Also any advice on travelling with bicycles or rather not from past experiences would be appreciated as this is my first time doing a bicycle expedition. I can't seem to find dual suser bikes in Kathmandu, will travelling on a hardtail be okay? I would be glad to hear from the community. Kind regards Voete_bike_fanie
  16. Looking for some advice. I want to take family (3 kids between 6-10) on a train trip to Prins Albert but would like to take our bikes along. We have traveled on Shosholoza Meyl before so comfortable with the conditions, etc I cannot find any info on whether it is possible to do this and how it will work. It used to be possible, but you need to put your bike into a storage carriage, which is risky and tedious. They don't formally allow you to bring your bike into the cabin. A long time ago, we also did a bike/train trip from Jhb to Nelspruit taking our bikes into cabin (folding back bottom bunks) for a ride through Swaziland and back to Nelspruit. I can saefly say that this was not done with the approval of the conductor, but ultimately they did not stop us (and we did book out the full cabin to enable us to do this). With small kids, it may be a bit stressful to try and slip 5 bikes in (and will require 2 compartments). Has anyone done this and have any advice to offer?
  17. I need a whole lot of help please. At the beginning of November this year I am planning to ride (as fast as I can) across the width of South Africa in order to raise funds for Qhubeka. I would really appreciate any help regarding the route, weather or charity tips. This is the route i have planned so far: https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/16299606
  18. So this race/event/trail festival has become something of a bucket list event, and it's in a bucket list place. I have been agitating on the hub intermittently for years promoting the riding in South America, so I've decided to put my money where my mouth is. I'll be going through next year (maybe to participate in the actual race, but mostly to enjoy the riding, atmosphere, and do some ground research for a project proposal I'm working on). My plan is to rent a house for a couple of weeks (one before, the week of the race/festival, and the week after). Dates for the racing are April 23-29th 2018. Will have about five lodging spaces available in the house but I have a number of contacts in the area who run hotels and B & B's so numbers aren't too much of an issue and most budgets can be accommodated I have lived in Ollantaytambo and guided most of the trails in the area (some still on my bucket list and I'll be checking them off this time). So if any of you South African hubbers are keen to explore, ride insane trails and have some adventure (will be doing some hiking and trekking too, and of corse a run to Machu Picchu is obvious) check out the link (note there is also a hardtail category so its not just for gravity nuts) and respond.cool beans. http://incaavalanche.com
  19. Hi, we're going to Hoedspruit in this December holiday and we only have two bikes but don't have one extra for a friend from Swiss and keen to have it for her to joining us in Hoedspruit. Anyone know where can I rent that bike for her?
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  21. Is anyone following the trip of Ivan Zimmerman riding on his Rocky Mountain from Beijing to Istanbul? I understand that this is for charity, and even with that in mind, it's still a remarkable feat of endurance. Distance covered after 10 days: 824km Still to go: 11170km Let's give this man some support! www.ivanzimmermann.com
  22. Hi All, I am looking for a cycle buddy to cycle with me from Greenpoint to Montague Garden or in the Afternoons (3pm) cycle back from Montague Gardens to Greenpoint. Let me know!
  23. Lanseria to King Shaka 17 Oct 10:20; returning to Lanseria 18 Oct 2015 18:30. 1 Nights Accomodation at Suncoast Towers & SunSquare Suncoast Hotels, check in 17 Oct, check out 18 Oct. Deal is to recover costs of travel (kulula R1315.51, tsogo sun R1170) and any related costs for name changes by vendor. PM me for further details.
  24. Anybody cycled to Kubu Island on Sowa Pan? Intend to drive up to Mmatshumo then start from somewhere past that. Any tips advice appreciated.
  25. Good day, So I have entered the 2015 Amashova cycle challenge. Unfortunately I cannot go alone due to financial difficulties. So, what I need is a travel partner. I do not pay for patrol or toll gates, so that is covered. I basically need some one that will help with "padkos" and accommodation. I will go down on the Saturday and come back on the Monday. I can tow a bike tailor if needed, but also have a bike rack that can take 3 bikes. The arrangements for the accommodation will be the responsibility of whoever decides to be riding shotgun. Please let me know if your are interested in tagging along. thanks
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