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MTB Archives - Cycleshack

The best way to get a bike

 Steve Ranger     June 21, 2020   

It’s official – there are hardly any bikes anywhere at the moment. Most shops are struggling to get any bikes of any description and we’re getting up to 20 enquiries a day for bikes we don’t have. Here are some handy tips for getting yourself riding: Choose the type of bike – we’re mainly a […]

Some bike videos and articles for inspiration

 Steve Ranger        

What does it take to go from 5% chance of survival to setting your sights on winning one of the hardest cycling races in the world? Watch below as James Golding shares his incredible journey in the latest Red Bull Media House series Way of The Wildcard.    A video from Orbea about biking and […]

Doing horrible things to myself for charity

 Richard Roberts     April 29, 2020   

Between shifts at Cycleshack I’ve had a bit more chance to get out on the bike recently. I thought I’d put that time to good use by raising money for an important local charity, Chailey Heritage Foundation, which looks after young people with extreme and complex disabilities and health needs. More than ever, in this […]

The joy of local

 Richard Roberts     April 10, 2020   

Lockdown has shown me that if you’re forced to be stuck somewhere for a while there aren’t many better places to be than Lewes. In this instance, I’m not referring to the many fine people I’ve met, the pleasing architecture and the awesome array of pubs, but to the physical geography of the place. When […]

South Downs Way on Electric Bikes

A SDW Odyssey on Electric BIkes

 Steve Ranger     April 6, 2020   

Rob is an old climbing partner, known for his stock phrase, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ – just before it happens, usually. Retreating from a 19 pitch route in the Alps when he’d belayed me from a tuft of grass (‘I knew you wouldn’t fall off’) has always told me he’s made of the […]

Getting the Bike Out

 Steve Ranger     April 1, 2020   

I am ashamed to say that since the Utah trip back in November, my Fuel EX has been in its bag. Recent events have given me a massive nudge to get out on the Downs, and I finally put it together on the driveway the other day. It’s been a great motivator to get back […]

Love your drivechain and it will love you.

 Richard Roberts     March 7, 2020   

Unless you’re a tiger or maybe a vampire, pointy teeth are not your friend – especially when they’re on your bicycle. The design of most conventional bicycles and current eBikes relies upon a drivechain that contacts metal on metal and leads sooner or later to bits wearing out. The components of your drivechain – the […]

Transform your riding: do it at night

 Richard Roberts     February 13, 2020   

You get home from work, it’s dark outside and the wind is howling. The last thing you want to do is go for a bike ride. Yet, like so many things in life if you can find the energy/motivation, it has its rewards. There’s a world out there which is a bit like the one […]

Biking the South Downs Way

 Steve Ranger     February 11, 2020   

  The South Downs Way is something we’ve all heard of in Lewes – it goes right past the town, or through it if you want to go that way, and runs a total of 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne. The SDW is well known as a local trail, but it’s always surprising how […]

Temptation, slippery slopes and how getting up them is easier on an eBike

 Richard Roberts     January 21, 2020   

This is what happened when one of our favorite customers lent his eBike to his friend. Jason “the eBiking Giant” suggested Patrick “the Muddy Cyclist” try his Trek eBike to see just how it might alter his riding experience. The answer is a “a lot”. Patrick has been riding a mountain bike across the Downs […]