Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

Hire Bikes

Where are you?

We are one hour west of Birmingham, near Welshpool in Powys - on the edge of the Berwyn mountains.

What type of hire bikes do you have?

We have six KTM RFS 4 strokes:

  • 1 x exc 250cc

  • 2 x exc 400cc

  • 2 x exc 450cc

  • 1 x exc 520cc

  • Smaller Honda CRF 230f

  • CBT - Yamaha DT 125

What type of driving licence will I need:

All riders must hold a motorbike licence Full A - any riders with A1 - A2 will need to contact us to see if we have relevant bike available. Only one rider with a CBT qualification can ride our Yamaha DT125

What age do I have to be to hire a bike?

If you are over 30 years of age you can ride any of our bikes. Over 21 you can ride a KTM exc 250 or Honda CRF 230f. If you hold a CBT you must be 17 or over.

What will I need to bring?

You must bring your driving licence and a DVLA licence summary. We provide all riding kit.

It is a good idea to bring the following, if you have them::

  • A good base layer top and bottom

  • A buff/neckerchief/snood

  • A small ruck sack with an hydration pack or bottled water

  • Your own bike gloves

  • Padded cycling shorts

  • A small shammy leather for goggles

  • Plastic bag for your phone

  • Money for lunch, drinks and snacks.

What kit and equipment do you provide?We provide all the riding kit you will need. If we don’t have your size, let us know.

  • Helmet V/S to X/L

  • Boots UK 6 to 13

  • Trousers 30” to 45”

  • Jacket S to XXL

  • Gloves S to XL

  • Body Armour S to XXL

  • Knee pads

  • Goggles or safety glasses

Do you cater to different skill levels?

We specialise in experienced road riders who have little or no off road riding experience. We do not mix groups. We aim the ride at the least experienced riders level. The weather also plays a big part in the selection of the route as when it is wet the riding can be more difficult. We will mix beginners with other level of rider as long as all riders are friends and understand that the ride will be a novice ride.

How long do the rides last?

We usually ride from about 9 am to 4pm, stopping 11am for a coffee stop and about 1pm for an hour lunch break. Occasionally, this varies according to weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

How big can our group be?

The maxium hire bikes in a group is six, but if you have riders with their own bikes they are welcome to tag along. The total group size is eight plus the guide.

What bike do you ride?

The guides will generally ride one of the hire bikes, if available or they may ride their own bikes KTM 250 exc.

Do you provide rider skills training?

We have many years experience converting road riders to off road. So although we are not trained coaches, we can give you plenty of help and advice so you will be able to enjoy your ride.

Can you provide us with accommodation?

If you hire a bike with us, you will be offered a free night B&B and if you ride two days, you’ll get two nights. The riders flat sleeps six at a push but is perfect for four. If you prefer, you can use one of the pubs near us:

The riders’ flat has an en-suite bathroom, with towels and bedding, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Plus a full cooked breakfast is provided.

The Bradford Arms:

SY226EJ tel 0169183058

The Horse Shoe Inn:

SY226PU tel 01938 59 0690

How do I pay?

We ask for a £50 deposit per hire bike. Once received, that’s the ride date secure. The balance can be paid by bank transfer, Pay Pal or cash on the day.


Own Bikes Enduro

Where are you?

We are one hour west of Birmingham, near Welshpool in Powys - on the edge of the Berwyn mountains.

What Type of bike can I ride with?

All bikes must be an enduro type with a quiet silencer with the baffles in and be road legal. We will not accept a MX, motocross bikes even if it they are road registered.

How big are the groups?

We try to keep the group size to a maximum of 6 riders plus guides.

What happens if I break down or get a puncture?

We are on hand to help and the guide will carry some extra spares but riders should carry basic requirements for their bikes. If we can’t get the bike going, we will offer you a tow or you can arrange your own recovery.

Is trail riding like motocross and racing?

Trail riding is enjoying the countryside on your bike, riding the tracks and trails. We show respect and slow down for all other countryside users. Much of our riding area is farmland and shooting estates. We work hard with farmers and gamekeepers to ensure a good relationship. The guide will make sure gates are closed, riders stay on the trails, and do everything in their power to ensure that riders enjoy the ride. Then everyone’s happy.

Can you provide us with accommodation?

Our riders flat flat sleep six at a push but is perfect for four. The price is £20 per rider per night. The riders’ flat has an en-suite bathroom, with towels and bedding, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Plus a full cooked breakfast is provided. If you prefer, you can use one of the pubs near us:

The Bradford Arms:

SY226EJ tel 0169183058

The Horse Shoe Inn:

SY226PU tel 01938 59 0690

How do we pay?

We ask for a £50 deposit to secure the ride. Once received, that’s your ride day secure. The balance can be paid in cash on the day.

How long do rides last?

We usually aim to start about 9am, and and finish when a group requests but a fit group could be riding till 6pm. Once the clocks go back, we aim to finish before it gets to dark.

How much road work is there?

The day is a mixture of trails and roads, but in our opinion there is just enough road for a breather before riding another trail. There are no periods longer than ten minutes on the road before another trail and mostly they are much less.

How much fuel will I need?

There is a garage one mile from our base and we stop there first thing. We stop to refuel at lunch time generally after between 45 and 60 miles. If you ride a 2 stroke that you add oil to the petrol, you should carry enough oil to mix three tanks full. When we stop for fuel, it is a good idea to fill your tank to the top every time. That way if others have fuel issues, then we can we can keep riding instead of heading for home.

Can you meet us at our B&B?

If you use one of our local B&B, we can meet you there in the morning and drop you off after the ride. If you stay in a B&B further away, pick up can be arranged.

Adventure Bikes

Where are you?

We are one hour west of Birmingham, near Welshpool in Powys - on the edge of the Berwyn mountains.

Do I have to provide my own motorcycle?

You will need to bring your own adventure bike, and it must be road legal

What else will I need to bring?

Your bike will need to be fitted with at least 70/30 all terrain tyres in summer and 50/50 all terrain tyres (TKC80, etc.) in winter. Also, we require you to wear a good quality well fitted helmet, decent gloves, and off road motorcycle boots with ankle protection. We also recommend knee and body protection, as well as goggles and the right clothing for the changeable weather conditions. Drop us a message or give us a call if you have any concerns.

Will my bike get damaged?

That's always a possibility when riding off road, or even on road possibly. It's part of the risk, but it is rare that it happens and when it does the damage is usually minor. Of course, we won't push you out of your comfort zone, and we always do our best to make sure all our customers and their bikes return unharmed.

Does it matter what bike I ride?

No. You can ride a Triumph, Honda, Yamaha, KTM, Ducati, BMW,

How big are the groups?

We try to keep the group size to a maximum of 6 riders plus guides.

What happens if I break down or get a puncture?

If you have a puncture or breakdown and are equipped for a repair, we will do our best to help you fix the problem. If you are not equipped for a repair, we will help you recover your bike to the nearest tarmac road - from there it is down to either yourself or your breakdown recovery service to transport your bike. Trail riding with us is a group activity and a team effort - we will not leave you sitting by the side of a trail on your own.

What bike does the guide ride??

BMW GS1200

Which tyres do you use?

Continental TKC 80 on the adventure bikes.

Do you provide rider skills training?

We do not hold a coaching qualification. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t offer you the benefit of our years of experience.

Can you provide us with accommodation?

Our riders flat flat sleep six at a push but is perfect for four. The price is £20 per rider per night. The riders’ flat has an en-suite bathroom, with towels and bedding, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Plus a full cooked breakfast is provided.If you prefer you can use one of the pubs near us:

The Bradford Arms:

SY226EJ tel 0169183058

The Horse Shoe Inn:

SY226PU tel 01938 59 0690