As 2017 draws to a close we at Ride Bikes take a moment to reflect on the year gone by...
This year we celebrated 5 years since we opened our doors at RBW- we can't believe how fast time has flown! It's certainly been a challenge at times but we love what we do and wouldn't change it for the world.
Here are just some of the great experiences we've had out and about on two wheels this year:
Alun has been unlocking the secrets of the full suspension E-mountain bike. Here he is on the Trek Powerfly full sus, just one of many happy outings experimenting with different power settings to tackle varying terrain. Whether it's steep, loose ground climbs, single tracking on grass, gravel paths or rough descents the Powerfly has the complete smile package.
This year we were proud to again support 'Wickets and Wheels'- the annual 2 Wish Upon a Star charity bike ride from Taunton to Miskin.
'2 Wish Upon a Star' provide care and support to families who have lost a child suddenly. (See here for more details.)
Here's Mike playing it cool on mechanic van duty...(Rumour has it he got off his butt and rode up Cheddar Gorge but there's no photographic evidence so we don't believe him!)
2018 brings a complete change to the charity bike ride route (it's heading West!) and we can't wait to help out again!
June saw Stu and Mike take part in the Cardiff to the Beach Night Ride. Starting from the shop and pedalling to Cardiff's Sophia Gardens, they rode 90 miles in total through the night, ending up at the beach front in Swansea just in time to watch the sun come up and enjoy a cuppa. This was Mike's longest ever ride and a great achievement for him!
Ready to set off for the night ride to the beach...
Stuart and friends also took part in riding the length of the river Wye - all 250km (156 miles) from it's source at Plynlimon to Chepstow, and then back to Cardiff. A ride to remember!
Getting the fuel in on the move!
We had a bit of a knees-up in July as Beth and Stu finally tied the knot!
Afterwards they were fortunate to head out to the stunning Lake Annecy in France to get out on the bikes and enjoy some spectacular scenery around the lake and surrounding mountains-highly recommended.
Lynskey GR250 gravel bike in road bike guise looking over Lake Annecy
Meanwhile, Mike and Tom enjoyed some more local rides fuelled by icecream- Fuel of Champions!
Stu's bike of the year has got to be the Lynskey GR250 Gravel bike build. The tyre clearance makes this bike so versatile- moving from road to gravel forestry tracks with ease.
Here's that Lynskey again- spot the difference...
It's been a year for gravel riding and why not when you have roads like this on your doorstep?
Beth's been loving exploring local mountatins on the Trek Roscoe- it's all about those plus size tyres this year.
We are so lucky to live where we do!
As winter drew in, Mike had a whale of a time out in the snow on the shop demo Trek Farley fat bike- ideal!
Trek Farley 7 in action in Caerphilly foresty
Nice Moustache to keep his face warm!
We hope you've all had a great year and have plenty more cycling adventures in the pipeline for 2018!
Big thanks to all our customers for your continued support- we wouldn't be here without you,
See you next year!
The RBW Team
Stu, Mike, Tom, Beth and Alun