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Mountain Biking & Cycling : 47 listings
Lebo's Soweto Backpackers & Cycle Tours
Johannesburg, GAU
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Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park
Durban, KZN
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The Heads Diving Centre
Garden Route, WC
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Knysna Forest Tours
Garden Route, WC
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Bushview Bike Park
Pietermaritzburg, KZN
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Wild Mountain Adventures - MTB Trails
Rhodes village, EC
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Voluntours
Southern Gauteng, GAU
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Downhill Adventures
Cape Town, WC
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Sebumo Tude Nature's Lounge
Port Alfred, EC
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Paarl MTB
Winelands, WC
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Clearwater Trails
South Coast, KZN
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Longmere Tours and Adventures
White River, MPU
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Wild Sky Adventures
Drakensberg - Southern, KZN
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SOULTOURING ultimate cycling tours
Cape Town, WC
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Dirtopia Trail Centre
Winelands, WC
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Day Trippers
Cape Town, WC
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Shalati Adventure Lodge
Hazyview, MPU
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Thaba Tours
Drakensberg - Southern, KZN
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Wylde Ride
Pietermaritzburg, KZN
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Gecko Hill B&B
Pietermaritzburg, KZN
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Star Gazer 3 Night Stage Race
Breede River Valley, WC
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Shakabarker Tours
Northern KwaZulu-Natal, KZN
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iRide Africa
Cape Town, WC
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Live2ride Mountain Bike Experience
West Coast, WC
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Greystoke Adventures
Northern Free State, FS
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Tony Cook Adventures
Garden Route, WC
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Segway SUN CITY
Sun City, NWP
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Slanghoek/Mental Health mountain bike Classic
Breede River Valley, WC
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Sagarmatha
Drakensberg - Central, KZN
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Outeniqua Biking Trails
Garden Route, WC
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Trail Tag Tuesday
Winelands, WC
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SA Adventure Trails
Pietermaritzburg, KZN
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MakaDas Adventures
Breede River Valley, WC
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Baviaanskloof Mountain Biking, MTB
Willowmore, EC
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Cycling Tours
Johannesburg, GAU
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Kamazoo Quad
Overberg, WC
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Overlander Challenge
Breede River Valley, WC
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DIRTOPIA MTB FESTIVAL IN SUMMER
Overberg, WC
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Pretoria Tourist Office
Pretoria, GAU
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Escape Cycle Tours
Johannesburg, GAU
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LDV Biking
Cape Peninsula, WC
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Four Legged Fish Adventures
East London, EC
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Bike Holidays
Johannesburg, GAU
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Delheim Mountain Bike NIGHTRIDE - 17 November
Winelands, WC
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AWOL Tours
Cape Town, WC
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Valey View
Graskop, MPU
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Holla Trails
Dolphin Coast, KZN
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: Tour the country on the saddle...
Cycling Adventure:
Tour the country on the saddle...
If you envy Lance Armstrong and fancy yourself riding through the countryside taking in the surrounding beauty and inhaling the fresh mountain air then an organized cycle tour is for you.

Cycling is a very well used means of transport as well as a recreational activity. HPV or human powered vehicles are used throughout the world from the youngest rider with training wheels to the very experienced cyclists who race for a living.

However you may be neither of these, you may well just want to take to the country roads, mountain paths and forest trails to see the sights of South Africa from the seat of a bicycle.

Most activity operators will be able to discuss with you a journey best suited to your fitness level and sightseeing objectives and with the diverse countryside on offer here in South Africa there is certainly something to suit your needs.

Off-road mountain biking is one of the most challenging and physically demanding solo sports around and requires excellent fitness levels.

While off-road conditions can be very extreme they don’t have to be and it is a sport that can be enjoyed by the whole family and can be done almost anywhere.

Mountain biking is generally broken into five distinct categories :
  • Cross-Country
  • Downhill
  • Free Ride
  • Dirt Jump
  • Trails / Street Riding
While each of these disciplines has different features and benefits the style of off-road biking is really a personal choice.

The most popular for weekend adventure enthusiasts and tourists is the Cross-Country mountain biking. This is where one has the opportunity to cycle in the mountains, through coastal forests or through game reserves traveling further a field than walking would allow in a day.
A word on Mountain Biking & Cycling :
  "When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair or the future of the human race." - H.G. Wells

"You get a feeling on certain trails, when you're reacting like you and your machine are just one thing. It's the feeling of physical exertion and speed and technique all wrapped into one."--Ned Overend

"This is not Disneyland, or Hollywood. I'll give you an example: I've read that I flew up the hills and mountains of France. But you don't fly up a hill. You struggle slowly and painfully up a hill, and maybe, if you work very hard, you get to the top ahead of everybody else." - Lance Armstrong
 


Equipment:

Cycling, for the average person, is a relatively inexpensive hobby or form of transport. All you require is a bicycle, a helmet and reflective clothing, if you are traveling in bad light, to make you visible to other road users.

Almost all activity operators will have equipment that is either included in your package or available for hire.
Mountain Bike Adventure: The best way to see the outdoors...
Mountain Bike Adventure:
The best way to see the outdoors...


Safety:

There are a few important things to remember if you are cycling on the road. Try to ride on designated cycling paths where they’re available. This ensures that you don’t have to share the road with other vehicles. If there is not a designated cycling path then ensure that you obey the rules of the road at all times.

Remember if you are coming in from another country that the South African road conditions and rules are quite unique – be sure to do your research before confirming your booking.

If you are planning to do a trip off road, always ensure that you ride together with someone else, preferably someone who knows the local conditions and the trails.

Interesting Facts:

The postal services of many countries have long relied on bicycles. The British Royal Mail first started using bicycles in 1880; now bicycle delivery fleets include 37,000 in the UK, 25,700 in Germany, 10,500 in Hungary and 7000 in Sweden. The London Ambulance Service has recently introduced bicycling paramedics, who can often get to the scene of an incident in Central London more quickly than a motorised ambulance.

Police officers adopted the bicycle as well, initially using their own. However, they eventually became a standard issue, particularly for police in rural areas. The Kent police purchased 20 bicycles in 1896, and by 1904 there were 129 police bicycle patrols operating. Some countries retained the police bicycle while others dispensed with them for a time. Bicycle patrols are now enjoying a resurgence in many cities, as the mobility of car-borne officers is becoming increasingly limited by traffic congestion and pedestrianisation. They also have the advantages that the officers are inherently more open to the public, and the transport is quieter to permit a more stealthy approach toward suspects. The pursuit of suspects can also be assisted by a bicycle.

Bicycles enjoy substantial use as general delivery vehicles in many countries. In the UK and North America, generations of teenagers have got their first jobs delivering newspapers by bicycle. London has many delivery companies that use bicycles with trailers. Most cities in the West, and many outside it, support a sizable and visible industry of cycle couriers who deliver documents and small packages. In India, many of Mumbai's Dabbawalas use bicycles to deliver hot lunches to the city’s workers. In Bogotá, Colombia the city’s largest bakery recently replaced most of its delivery trucks with bicycles. Even the car industry uses bicycles. At the huge Mercedes-Benz factory in Sindelfingen, Germany workers use bicycles, colour-coded by department, to move around the factory.

Greg Minaar is South Africa’s champion down hill racer and has won several international titles including the World Champs
: Extreme Trail Riding...
Mountain Bike Adventure:
Extreme Trail Riding...


History:

Through the centuries, several inventors and innovators contributed to the development of the bicycle. Its earliest known forebears were called velocipedes, and included many types of human-powered vehicles. The first documented ancestor of the modern bicycle, first introduced to the public in Paris by the German Baron Karl von Drais in 1818.

These were known as pushbikes, Draisines or "hobby horses". It was powered by the action of the rider's feet pushing against the ground. The Draisienne had two in-line wheels connected by a wooden frame. The rider sat astride and pushed it along with his feet, while steering the front wheel.

Scottish blacksmith Kirkpatrick MacMillan refined this in 1839 by adding a mechanical crank drive to the rear wheel, thus creating the first true "bicycle" in the modern sense. In the 1850s and 1860s, Frenchmen Ernest Michaux and Pierre Lallement took bicycle design in a different direction, placing the pedals on an enlarged front wheel. Their creation, which came to be called the "Boneshaker" or "penny-farthing" (more formally an ordinary bicycle), featured a heavy steel frame on which they mounted wooden wheels with iron tires. The primitive bicycles of this generation were difficult to ride, and the high seat and poor weight distribution made for dangerous falls.

The subsequent dwarf ordinary addressed some of these faults by adding gearing, reducing the front wheel diameter, and setting the seat further back, with no loss of speed. Having to both pedal and steer via the front wheel remained a problem. Starley's nephew, J. K. Starley, J. H. Lawson, and Shergold solved this problem by introducing the chain drive. These models were known as dwarf safeties, or safety bicycles, for their lower seat height and better weight distribution. Starley's 1885 Rover is usually described as the first recognizably modern bicycle. Soon, the seat tube was added, creating the double-triangle, diamond frame of the modern bike.

New innovations increased comfort, and ushered in the 1890s Golden Age of Bicycles. In 1888, Scotsman John Boyd Dunlop introduced the pneumatic tire, which soon became universal. Soon after, the rear freewheel was developed, enabling the rider to coast without the pedals spinning out of control. This refinement led to the 1898 invention of coaster brakes. Derailleur gears and hand-operated, cable-pull brakes were also developed during these years, but were only slowly adopted by casual riders. By the turn of the century, bicycling clubs flourished on both sides of the Atlantic, and touring and racing were soon extremely popular.

Bicycles and horse buggies were the two mainstays of private transportation just prior to the automobile, and the grading of smooth roads in the late 19th century was stimulated by the wide use of these devices.

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