Bikes – Riding and Hiring

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What riding is available in Tweed Valley

The Tweed Valley has some of the best mountain biking in the UK and two award winning 7Stanes trail centres (at Glentress and Innerleithen). Whether you are just learning or a seasoned pro there is something for you.

At Glentress you can take lessons, hire bikes, be guided by professionals, enjoy the graded trails and freeride park. It's accessible, it's free (apart from parking), it's healthy and best of all it's great fun.

The trails at Innerleithen provide something for downhill and cross-country riders. Take the uplift or head up to Minch Moor and discover why the valley offers some of the best biking in the world.  

Away from the trail centres there are some hidden gems, natural and quiet, these trails just have to be ridden. From short rides to multiple day trips it's all here.

Bikes and Bike Hire

Mountain bikes come in all shapes and sizes. If you have the skill then the trails can be ridden on any bike. If you are after a little help, then a bike with some suspension, a range of gears and a good set of brakes can really make your ride and day more enjoyable. A few key differences to consider:

A hardtail bike – these bike will have suspension forks at the front to help your control and comfort. They are a great starting point for off-road cycling (hire available for approx £20 a day).

A full-suspension bike – with suspension at the front and rear wheels these bikes will give you more control (or speed if that is what you are after) and comfort on a long or rough ride. They tend to cost more and weigh more and will be the bike of choice for the harder more technical riding in the valley (hire available for approx £50 a day).

If you own your own bike great, just make sure it is well maintained. It is a good idea to have your bike serviced before you come away on holiday at your local bike shop. If it does need some mechanical attention whilst you are in the Tweed Valley then there are several very friendly local shops that can help:

Alpine Bikes, Glentress

Alpine Bikes, Innerleithen

I-Cycles, Innerleithen

Bspoke Cycles, Peebles

If you need to hire a bike when visiting the Tweed Valley, again check out the above options. Mechanics will give the bike a thorough inspection and set up the suspension according to your specifications. To hire a bike you’ll need to bring one photographic form of ID (for example – drivers’ licence/passport) and a credit or debit card. Helmets will be available with bike hire.

Be prepared

Even on a summer's day it can turn wet and windy in Scotland so be prepared, know what the weather is going to do and pack a few essentials to cover minor incidents.

Clothing - Mountain Biking is an outdoor adventure sport. Try if possible to dress as if you are going for a walk in the hills and dress according to the weather. Long layers in the colder months and lighter kit in the summer months (always take a jacket just in case the heavens open). You will heat up on the climbs, so a small rucksack is handy to store extra layers for the way down.   

Some food and water is a very good idea, it is thirsty work up the hills. A minimum of one pump and spare inner tube (or two) in your group is a very good idea, it would be a shame to have to walk down the hill. A trail map (£2 goes to help fund the 7Stanes) and mobile phone (Glentress Forestry Ranger – 07834 435380) are sensible options in case you need help.


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