Biketreks is one of the biggest bike specialists in the Lake District. Biketreks was established 25 years ago, running from the back of a van and since then it has grown a great deal. Now with two shops; one in the lively town of Ambleside and one in the small village of Ings. Whether you’re looking to buy a road or a mountain bike, a hybrid bike or even an electric bike, Biketreks are the best people to speak to while on holiday in the Lakes.
Bike hire with Biketreks
We are proud to announce that Biketreks work exclusively with Lakelovers, to provide guests with bikes to best suit their needs. So if you are looking for a cycling holiday in the Lake District and need advice on hiring a good quality bike, paired with the perfect cottage; we can provide you with exactly that.
There is no better way to take in the beautiful scenery of the Lake District National Park than on the saddle of a bicycle.The Lake District offers some of the best and most varied cycling in the UK; from sustrans routes with mile after mile of highly accessible, traffic free trails through to challenging road climbs and white knuckle descents. Riders of all abilities will find exploring the Lakes on two wheels an exciting and rewarding experience!
Families and less experienced riders will love exploring the many sustrans routes criss-crossing the national park. These routes are mainly off road so there’s no need to worry about traffic, and the hard-packed surfaces are ideal for hybrid and gravel bikes. The trails make up part of the national cycle network and are well signposted, maps of the routes can also be found on the National Trail Network’s website.
More traffic free riding can be found in the Grizedale Forest area to the south of the national park. The Forest has dozens of miles of fire roads, allowing easy access to one of England’s largest forests. The west side of the forest gives stunning views across the Coniston fells, while the eastern area around Claife offers gentle and rewarding rides along the shore of Lake Windermere.
If you are looking for more of a challenge then the North Face trail at Grizedale Forest will put your off road skills to the test. If that isn’t your cup of tea then you can always relax at the cafe in the Forest’s visitor centre. There are plenty of challenging road bike rides in the Lakes, too, with some of the toughest climbs in the UK to really test your metal.
The Specialized Crosstrail, and it’s female specific equivalent Ariel, is one of our best selling bikes here at Biketreks. The key to the Crosstrail’s popularity is in its versatility. The Crosstrail is just as happy on tarmac roads as it is on gravel paths or grassy farm tracks. It’s this go-anywhere design that makes it the perfect bike for exploring the Lake District. The crosstrail has a host of features aimed at making it the ideal companion for adventuring off the beaten track. The bike’s wider tyres and suspension fork help to smooth out rough surfaces, opening it up to a wide variety of roads, tracks and trails.
Hydraulic disc brakes provide predictable, reliable stopping power, allowing you to descend with confidence. A lightweight aluminium frame means you won’t be struggling on the climbs. All of these together provide the rider with a confident, adaptable bike.
For those wanting to cover more miles we also offer the Specialized Diverge. The diverge fits into the new ‘gravel bike’ category – a drop handlebar bike just as happy on the road as on hard packed gravel. This type of bike is becoming hugely popular as it gives you the freedom to ride on or off the road, without sacrificing any comfort or speed.
The Diverge is kitted out with everything you need to get you going on or off the road. A lightweight aluminium frame and carbon fibre fork help to keep weight down and provide a smooth and comfortable ride. The bike is made even more comfortable thanks to the 28mm Roubaix tryes – perfect for broken tarmac and hard packed gravel. A low climbing gear helps to make the hills a little more bearable, while the mechanical disc brakes inspire more confidence on the descents. The result is a bike that is as comfortable as it is capable.