Vern Overton Cycling
We are a cycle-hire and guided tour company based in the scenic Nidderdale valley. We provide road bikes, mountain-bikes, e-bikes and hybrids for personal hire and also offer a fully qualified bike guiding service. We can also deliver bikes to your accommodation or to an area where you would like to cycle.
We stock a wide range of high-quality carbon fibre road bikes, versatile hybrid machines, dual suspension and hard-tail mountain-bikes and the increasingly popular e-bikes. For those preferring to be led by an experienced local rider, we offer a comprehensive ride-guiding service. We can plan, navigate and lead a ride to meet your personal wishes entirely.
Our range of high quality road-bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid machines and e-bikes are all serviced and ready to go. In addition, we have a number of children's mountain bikes and hybrids which are suitable for most children aged 10 - 15 years. No bike ever leaves our workshop without being in a totally safe and thoroughly roadworthy condition. We are happy to deliver and collect bikes free of charge within a 3 mile radius of Darley. Areas further afield will incur a small charge relative to the time and distance of travel and this can be discussed at any time.
Our road bike fleet is made up of the ultra lightweight, carbon-fibre Trek Emonda S5 and the Specialized Tarmac which are both equipped with the latest 11 speed Shimano group-set. For lady riders we also offer the Trek Lexa SLX (WSD) equipped with Shimano 105 group-set. This is especially designed to suit female specific geometry and the gearing is specifically suited to the steep North Yorkshire terrain. Cost: £40 for the first day, £20 per day thereafter.
These bikes are capable of rugged off-road use. We stock a range of Trek X Caliber mountain bikes which are hardtail in design and come fitted with triple chain-set gearing and front fork suspension. In addition we have a limited number of Scott Ransom and Trek Fuel mountain bikes which are dual suspension by design. These have both front forks suspension and a secondary suspension in the bike frame.
Cost: £35 for the first day, £20 per day thereafter.
Hybrid Bikes (sometimes known as gravel bikes)
The Hybrid machines include the Trek Dual Force range and are a very popular design. They are capable of riding a varied terrain which includes both metalled roads and light off-road tracks and trails. They have wide gearing to be able to cope with local terrain and have hydraulic disc brake for exceptional braking. We recommend these to everyone for their comfort, safety and overall braking power.
Cost: £35 for the first day, £20 per day thereafter.
We have a limited number of these bikes which are very popular. We stock the Specialized Vado and the Haibike SDuro, which are capable of up to 60 miles of riding with one full battery-charge of electricity. With their unique pedal-assistance they can make riding up the steepest hill a total pleasure. Above all riding these bikes is incredible fun - why not give it a try? Cost: £50 for the first day, £30 per day thereafter.
Looking for an experienced Ride Leader?
Don’t know the area around Harrogate and the surrounding countryside? If you would value having an experienced riding partner to cycle with or someone to plan your route and lead your group of riders, then give us a call. We can tailor a route specifically to suit your experience and level of fitness. You will be able to sit back and follow whilst enjoying the beautiful Nidderdale countryside.
Road or Trail?
Quiet country roads, off-road tracks or mountain-bike trails; North Yorkshire has them all in abundance. We also have the specially constructed mountain-bike trail at Fewston Reservoir right on our doorstep and many of the roads that are part of the UCI World Road Championships in September 2019. Rest assured that we will tailor your ride to suit your own wishes entirely. Call 07595 460465 or email Vern Overton Cycling via the link above to book a guided ride.
Bike Maintenance Service
A bike is just like any other machine with moving parts. In order for it to work efficiently it needs to be cared for and maintained on a regular basis. VO Cycling has a fully qualified road and mountain-bike mechanic (CYTECH 3) on hand to service or repair your bike. The type of usage that your bike incurs will dictate the frequency of servicing. A thorough check over and comprehensive service is best done annually. We do recommend that before every ride you give your bike a visual check-over to identify any loose parts, frayed cables or obstructions in the wheels.
If you would like to discuss a service for your bike then call VO Cycling today. Costs vary from £35 - £95 depending upon which service you feel that your bike would benefit from.
Who founded VO Cycling?
Vern Overton is a former Army Officer, having served for over 30 years. Vern is an experienced Mountain Bike Leader (MIAS), Road Cycle Leader (MIAS), Triathlon Coach (BTF Level 2) and Cycle Mechanic (CYTECH Level 3). He has a passion for outdoor pursuits and has completed numerous ironman triathlon events and mountain-bike endurance events.
He has represented Team GB as an Age-Group Athlete in Duathlon (cycling and running) and has been a coach and mentor of young athletes at the Army Foundation College near Harrogate.Read more
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