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Promote cycling by implementing the recommendations in the 'Get Britain Cycling' report.
The e-petition 'Promote cycling by implementing the recommendations in the 'Get Britain Cycling' report.' signed by us recently reached 57,759 signatures and a response has been made to it.
Read the response here and, if you want to, mail your local MPs and County Councillors to ask them, not if they support the report, but what they will do to expidite it in a timely manner.
For a few weeks we have been loaned a medium to compliment our large Scott Foil 20. I have just ridden it and prefer it to the large. It is strange how the passing of time effects your view of something. 12 months ago I was racing the Scott Foil Team Issue and described it as the stiffest bike that I had ridden. This morning I found it smooth and comfortable, to the extent that I was aiming it at potholes just to see how much it/I could take. Of course its stiff but pleasantly rideable and on a par with my Wilier Cento Uno and our demo De Rosa Merak.
Call the shop if you want to see why it is the fastest bike that we have ever ridden. We can lend you a Garmin 200 too if you want your records recording.
Zipvit energy gels pack a punch with 51g of easy to digest carbs and now they have added some extra flovours. Rhubarb & custard (made famous by Torq), Cherry Bakewell and Kiwi. If you need an extra kick try the new caffeine Smooth Expresso. The caffeine gels must work as that is all JP takes for his Tuesday night Thrash.
Never has there been a reson to try to ride too far.
More information on SIS, Zipvit and Torq gels here...
Quest Adventure Girl's rides
Our girl's only rides are getting more and more popular. On Saturday there were six out for a road ride and twelve on the mountain bike ride. A big thank you must go to the two ride leaders: Clare (MTB) and Nicole (road). Their skill and experience is a great help to any new rider wanting to learn more about riding or where to ride. The next mtb ride is in 11th May and the next road ride, a week later, on 18th May. For more dates follow this link: Girl's rides. So far this year bike sales to women are running more or less 50% of all bike sales.
For more pictures of the girl's rides follow this link: Facebook photo album
Quest Adventure shop ride: dry at last
We split the groups again due to the numbers and for the first time in ages enjoyed dry hard trails. Perfect.
My groups zig-zagged around trying to avoid climbs but that is impossible round here. We all had a goot time. Read more here
Demo day bikes: models and sizes confirmed
Click here to see the full list of MTB demo bikes confirmed so far for the demo day. The format is the same as before: call the shop or visit to book a bike and a time. Rides are going off at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 & 16:00 hours.
Keep an eye on the demo bikes list as more bikes will be added. Scott will have some road bikes too if you want to have a go.
Safer roads in Worthing, proposed map...
West Sussex County Council has shared a map showing preliminary ideas for where 20 mph limits might be introduced. Follow this link for more information and for a link for to see the map.
Bike maintenance evening for the Excelsior – Explorer Scout Unit
Bronze Award – Duke of Edinburgh – Physical Challenge
We ran a bike maintenance evening for these youngsters doing their Duke of Edingburgh award.
If you have a group than wants to learn about your bikes and how to look after or repair then contact the shop to arrange an evening for your group.
Next session will be on Wednesday 13th February. This is open to all and will cover puncture repairs and bike set up.
Mega tyre sale
Some used, some new.
29ers, 26", UST, Medusa, Crossmark, Ikon, Racing Ralph, Rocket Ron.....and many more.
These tyres have come off demo bikes or JP's bikes or someone elses. Many are nearly new, we take of some tyres if they are no good for mud and put something better on for the demos.
These are really good bargains so get down here asap on Saturday.
Bike maintenance evenings are up and running again
Punctures and making my bike more comfortable 13th February
Gears: set up tuning and chain repair 27th February
They start at 6:30pm at the shop and there is a £5 charge. You will not need your own bike but the course is hands on so you will have a go yourself.
More courses will be listed here: Bike maintenance evenings
Who cares about a bit of rain?
We had 4 women out on the road ride and 6 on the Girls MTB ride. Well done! The weather doesn't get much worse that this.
Not only were these girls braving the weather but our customers were too. It was a very busy day, one we would be happy with in June let alone January.
I think that the UK is finally switching on to cycling. Hoorah!
Thank you to the intrepid girls out on the ride and to streams of customers keeping us busy.
Tomorrow is due to be dry and cool. Get out on your bikes!
The shop ride on Saturday 5th January was split into two groups as there are so many riders. Jimbo took one and JP the other.
Mixed ride photos can be found on Facebook.
Next months will be split into two groups again if the numbers cotinue to grow.
Not for the lazy this one. You need to get up early or ride at night to get the best of the winter riding. Keep an eye on the weather forecast for the next big freeze.
And remember: Don't ride on melting trails. You have been warned for the nth time.
Click on the pic for the blog.
Latest blog and another warning about riding on melting trails...
Whyteways, frozen trails, Gore Windstopper AlpX 2.0 zipp off, Northwave CelsiusGTX boots, Northwave Evo Arctic gloves and mud.
Great news: Its frosty, but beware of the melting trails....
There is no better riding than on frozen trails. Better grip than at any other time of the year and you and your bike come back clean. Perfect! Don't be lazy, its worth getting up at the crack of dawn.
If you are a late sleeper and can't make the effort, be warned. Mountain biking on the trails once they melt can have dyer consequences. As the mud wraps around your tyre it builds up and the inexperienced rider just thinks more effort is needed. Wrong! Time to walk home.
Every year rider after rider comes into the shop with their rear mech ripped. The dispirited rider thought that more effort was all that was needed. The average repair bill is approximately £75 so unless you are wanting to keep us busy over the Winter take care when riding on melting trails.
Get up early and have the best riding you can get round here. You can climb and descend trails that you've never been able to do becasue the frozen ground gives you so much grip. Enjoy!
Sometimes the wind works for you. Gore AlpX 2.0, Endura Convert and De Rosa Merak reviews
How about this lot for a nice collection of road demos....
We have a medium and large Scott CR1 Pro (Ultegra), a medium and large Scott Foil 20 (Ultegra), a De Rosa Merak 55cm/large (Athena 11s) and a Sabbath Silk Road 56cm all here primed and ready to ride. Give us a call to book a ride. And if that wasn't enough we have a set of Fulcrum Red Wind H50 XLR wheels to make you test ride even more exciting.
September newsletter just published
Here are some local road rides
I've finally listed out some road rides to do around here. I'll add some more soon with better descriptions. Bike Route Toaster now includes mountain bike tracks so soon I'll be able to add some of the best off road rides to upload to a GPS.
You'll find the road rides here: Local road rides
Bike Route Toaster will help you create a course where ever you are in the world, it takes only a couple of minutes and you'll never get lost again. They have recently added off road trails.
Whyte mini demo 8th September
We will have a Whyte T129, an M109 and a 29C all in medium for deom throughout thet day on the 8th September. You can borrow the bike for 45 minutes, enough time to ride our demo circuit up and around Cissbury and back (a good climb, some singletrachk and a downhill). You'll need to book as there are only 3 bikes and 6 rides. Call the shop 01903 573700/821296
It might not be Wales but we do have some great and demanding trails on our door step. Thanks to Wiston House and Steyning MTB.
There are some great and challenging runs with signs warning walkers that there is a cycle crossing and signs warning riders that there are pedestrians and equestrains around too.
Respect these trails and be sensible so that we can all enjoy them for years to come.
If you feel that you have to build your own contact Steyning MTB so that you don't upset anyone. Don't forget that every last centimetre is privately owned so we are riding with the owner's permission. They deserve thanks and respect.
August newsletter just published
The much anticipated 2013 Whyte 29ers begin to arrive next week. We'll have the three new alloy hard tails the 729, 629 and 529. Whyte have added a new smaller size for 2013 more...
We will be running a mini Whyte demo day on 8th September with a Whyte T129 trail bike, the M109 Marathon bike and the 29C carbon "do everything from racing to trail riding" hard tail.
We'll only have the two suspension bikes for a day so you'll be limited to an hours run around our usual demo circuit. Call the shop to book a ride.
It's that time of year again. Watch out for the hogweed. As you blast down overgrown singletrack your arms and legs may have hogweed dragged across them. Hogweeds exude a clear watery sap which sensitizes the skin to ultraviolet radiation. This can result in blistering which can develop into purplish or blackened scars. There is more information here. If you have any experience of this or have a greater knowledge than me please contact us.
Olympic road race travel information
If you are traveling to watch the road race here are a few useful links
Quest Adventure Newsletter July
Here are our latest newsletters with details of our guided rides, bike events around the region, maintenance courses and what's new in the shop. Since there’s so much stuff now we produce two versions; one for our Male riders and one for our Women riders. You can sign up for the newsletters by entering your e-mail address into the sign up box on the home page.
Olympic Torch goes by the front of the shop
Worthing streets were jammed with an enthusiastic crowd rather than impatient drivers as the Olympic Torch began its journey from outside the shop to North lancing.
We shared cake and bubbly with all that came here to view the passing of the torch. A good time was had by all. The next big this will be the Men's road race on the 28th July and the women's on the 29th. Cav should win the men's but he'll have his work cut out even with his mega team.
Marin, Whyte & Wilier 2013 product launch
We went to Renault Lotus design centre to see the 2013 bikes. We have catalogues for Marin and Whyte if you want to take a closer look. All three brands have some awesome bikes.
None of the Marin pictures came out but we have a catalogue, the new graphics are awesome and 29ers make up the bulk of the range. Good news - all the 2012 bikes are on offer if you want a deal now.
Wilier have a new Cento 1 SR as used by the Lampre Team in the Tour de France.
Gav will be off to Switzerland to see the new Scotts in a couple of weeks - he'll be riding the new Genius.
The Olympic Torch bearers start outside the shop on 16th July
Come to the shop at 4pm to see the Olympic Torch Bearers start of at 16:29 hrs from outside the shop. We'll give you cakes and bubbly to celebrate the passing of the Torch. You can then follow the procession on your bikes.
We think that it'll arrive by helicopter so be prepared for restricted parking and access by car.... will not a problem if you are coming by bike.
Beware of water - something to think about when caring for your bike
We have had a wet Summer and; hosing, despite the ban, is the most common method of cleaning a bike. However, bearings are usually made of hi-tensile steel which will rust when exposed to water or damp air. Bearings are usually protected by grease and the grease is protected by a seal. If water gets passed the seal the bearing will need changing. Often the lowest priced and highest prices bikes are the most vunerable. Why? The lower cost bikes don't have the best seals and the higher priced bikes often sacrifice durable seals for light weight.
Rain and washing your bike can cause water to get into the seals so bearings will need replacing or servicing regularly. Ask us for advice on cleaning, maintenance and upgrades.
11am from George V Ave to Brooklands. The ride will be lead by experienced Worthing Revolutions riders aiming to arrive at 12:30.
Bring your own picnic.
We will be doing a Bike Check there so we can look over your bikes.
Bike security will be provided by Sussex Police.
We look forward to seeing you.
For more information on the ride and Worthing Revolutions click here
Newsletter has just gone out
If you don't get our newsletter, here it its with dates for rides, maintenance classes and details of shop offers.
We try to keep you uptodate with everything that's going on here at Quest Adventure.
Petacchi, Cunego and Scarponi replica Wiliers only at Quest Adventure
Wilier have asked us to display their show bikes. You may have already seen them at one of the london Shows but if you haven't you can see them here. These are dream machines and we can offer them at special ex-show prices so good that they can't be put into print, digital or otherwise. Just come in as discuss you next Wilier person to person.
Worthing gets new Cycling Champion
We'd like to welcome back Councillor John Rogers as the towns Cycling Champion and to thank Mary Lermitte for all the work that she did during here tenure as Cycle Champion.
One of the first events that you'll see organised by John will be the family bike ride and picnic. The ride goes from George V Ave to Brooklands. We'll be at Brooklands to do a Bike Doctor check of your bike.
Goodwood Gallops cancelled
Unfortunately, the Health and Safety Executive to the Goodwood Motor Circuit has set out a new criteria for safety following the death of a woman driver, not a cyclist. The Surrey League, organisers of the Goodwood Gallops, has been asked to provide 4 paramedics (not first aiders) and extra marshalls for the ever popular Tuesday evening road race series.
At such short notice and with the obvious extra cost the Surrey League has had to cancel until further notice. This a great same as it provides the only local and safe way for many to enjoy the agony and ecstacy of road racing. Road racing is inderently dangerous and crashes are a part of that but we are all willing to take the risk as without crashes, there is no adreanlin rush and as suh no excitment, might as well do a time trial or some turbo racing.....
For the 4th Cats you still have the option of racing at Dunsfold on Friday evenings. Get the full list of all Surrey League races here.
If you want to get some TT excitment why not join WECC on their Evening Ten Series on the A24 at Washington every Thursday 7pm.
Marin Rift Zone XC 29ers have arrived
We now have a demo Marin Rift Zone XC7 29er in medium for you to try. As this 100mm XC bike is a 29er it'll blow away most 120 - 140mm 26" trail bikes on but the biggest terrain. In other words, the perfect trail bike for round here and both versions at at a modest cost. The XC6 is only £1,799! See them here.
Dates for road closures in the Alps this summer have been announced
Monday 2nd July 9h à 12h : Montée de Risoul
Tuesday 3rd July 8h à 12h : Col d'Izoard*
Wednesday 4th July 10h à 13h : Col Agnel
Thursday 5th July 8h à 12h : Col du Galibier*
Friday 6th July 9h à 12h : Col du Granon
For a timed run you need to pre enter here montée chronométrée
Monday 6th August 9h à 12h : Montée de Chabre
Tuesday 7th 9h à 12h : Col d'Espréaux
Wednesday 8th 9h à 12h : Mont Colombis
Thursday 9th 9h à 12h : Col de Moissières
Friday 10th August 17h à midnight : Col du Noyer but you need to enter this one.
Why not plan a trip out there before the Tour de France beats you to it?
Here is our latest news letter with details of rides, maintenance courses and what's new in the shop.
You can sign up for the newsletter by entering your e-mail address into the sign up on the home page.
Whyte 146 X about to run out
We have just heard that the last Whyte 146 X are about to arrive. If you want one we can get hold of either the last medium orthe last latge but you'll need to be quick. Call the shop if you want the best trail bike that money can buy.
Light enough to be an XC bike but equiped for the Mega Avalanche. It'll destroy any UK Trail centre.
Summer MTB clothing now in stock from Fox, Northwave and Endura
Hose pipe ban: Great news for mountain bikers
But this is bad news for the workshop. Modern bikes are much better and lighter that the old things that we used to use but this has come at a cost. Light weight it often less durable (but better). Some riders will look us in the eye and say that they never jetwash their bike but hosing it is just as bad and you'll be lucky to get more than 3 months out of some bottom brackets and headsets if you use a hose. So thank you for all the business that you have given us through the use of hoses and think how much you'll save now that we have a hose pipe ban.
Sabbath Ti 29er
Sabbath have just showed us a sample of their 29er. Crafted in 3Al-V2.5 titanium this bike is gorgeous. Read more here.
Thief steals our demo Scott Spark 35
Some toe rag stole our Scott Spark 35 demo bike today. Frame no: STM14D26M11100366 size medium. If you are offered this - shoot to kill! (or call the Police) Please share this.
The shop gets a refit
Just in time for the Summer clothing that will keep you both comfortable and "cool" we are refitting the shop. We have a a new women's section and will be taking delivery of Fox gear next week. Why not come down and see what we have an let us know what else we should stock.
We have added Northwave as the brand offers incredible value and quality at both the budget and high end. We'll have shorts, jersey's and gloves from Fox and, of course, Endura will provide the base for all things clothing.
The last Whyte 29C available only at Quest Adventure
This great bike, arguably one of the best 29ers on the planet and certainly the best value. They have run out for the year but we have the last few mediums. If you want one call us asap.
We have also got on back order Scott Scale 29er Experts as these too have run out.
There is a lot of bikes around, too many, but if you want something really good you'll need to commit soon.
Mountain bike demo day is a great success
Thanks all for coming wirth a special thanks to Big Si, Janet, Jimbo, Hannah, Gav, Will & Will, Ash, Tom, Andy, Mike, Anja, Neil, Cazza and Ralton for regular banter. Check out the pictures here
Tomac mountain bike frames
Flint 29 large and Supermatic Carbon 120 large will be here for the demo day
We have just taken delivery of a quiver of Tomac frames, nice. There's the 140mm Snyper, 2 120mm bikes including carbon and of course a 29er hardtail and a full-on trail 120mm travel 29er: the Diplomat. Click here for more. In case you didn't know John Tomac was probably the best mountain bike race ever. His frames are bourne from his experience as one of the most successfull racers of all time and designed by the renowned frame designer, David Earle, who previously designed the Santa Cruz Blur and Nomad and prior to that worked for both Specialized and Bontrager.
Will Spiers Racing
Will Spiers gets 8th in Sport in today's Gorrick race. He wanted to race in a strong group rather than stay with the juniors. This is a great result and shows his good form. He used his new Whyte 29C which he described as "awesome" and he really noticed the wheel speed advantage of a 29er in the later stages when he was tiring. Well done Will.
Scott Spark 20 Small
Scott Spark 35 Medium
Scott Contessa Spark Medium
Scott Genius Small
Scott Contessa Scale Medium
Jimbo's Sussex MTB Scott Spark 29er Expert review
Jimbo's Scott Spark 29er review. Jimbo is back on the bike after his accident and making up for lost time. Check out his review of our demo bike here.
Mountain Bike demo day 31st March 2012
Demo Day rides are starting to be booked. Don't leave it too late. The full list of bikes can be found here: Demo Day bikes.
Exposure lights - massive discounts
Great deals on Exposure lights. 40% off Six packs, now £270, Max D now £195, Strada now £147 and Joystick now only £99. These light are all Exposure's ex demos.
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