June’s free giveaway

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Bike Rehab is a Sheffield city centre based bicycle service and repair centre focused on quality, convenience and exceptional customer service. They’ve also been known to fix my shambles of a bike on numerous occasions. And it’s always service with a smile.

This month, Alex and Jake at Bike Rehab have offered a free general service* to the winner of our free giveaway. It’s their way of saying thanks to you for being Keeper of the Peak – doing your bit to look after the Peak District.

As always, all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is ride, then tweet an update of conditions to @KoftheP. You’ll then be entered into our draw for the prize, which we’ll announce at the end of the month.

So get tweeting! KoftheP is nothing without you.


*not including parts


Best route to a freebie…?

This month I have not one free giveaway, but four!IMAG3975

Vertebrate Publishing have given us some of the finest mountain biking guide books money can buy, and – doing their bit for the Peak – they’ve also given us a free robust winter loop. The ‘all weather loop’ has become a popular go-to route when it’s wet, boggy and typically British.

So it’s great to be able to offer four of you the chance to win a set of Dark and White Peak guide books from VP.

As you can see,”White Peak Mountain Biking – The Pure Trails” and “Peak District Mountain  – Dark Peak Trails” are more often than not my starting point for route ideas. From a quick blast to a longer day out – or just climbs and descents – they have it all, with great descriptions and good maps. Written by locals too. They know the trails!

What better way to inspire you for a summer of riding?

All in all, it’s a top prize to win. And all you need to do to be in with a chance is to ride your bike and tweet the conditions to @KoftheP.

I’ll let you know who’s won at the end of May.



It’s freebie time….


Time to find out who’s won our April freebie.

This month, James at the Bike Garage will give our lucky winner a free fork seal replacement as thanks for you being part of Keeper of the Peak and for you playing your part in looking after the trails around the shop!

Why not take a few minutes to have a look at some of the brilliant trail work the Bike Garage team do – wielding a spade as well as wielding a spanner. And pop into the shop if you’re in the area.

So who’s won this month? Drum roll please……..

Paul Smith @grumpytechnoph1


Thanks for being part of @KoftheP Paul. We’ll put you in touch with James and you can arrange getting your forks set for summer. If it ever arrives….

Now to choose next month’s prize 🙂


April’s free giveaway


Spring has almost sprung! The lambs are lambing, the daffies are daffing and all across the peak riders are looking to give their bikes a bit of a spring clean ready for months of dry, dusty, halcyon riding.

So to help you get ready, for this month’s free giveaway Bike Garage (@Bike_Garage) have a little treat.

The Bike Garage is a small independent bike shop on the Hope Road nr Bamford which was set up with one aim in mind; to keep people out on their bikes. They cater for all types of bikes and riders and offer straight forward advice about all aspects of biking topics. And of course, they stock a wide range of parts and accessories for all bike types.

As our free giveaway this month, the Bike Garage has offered to get mucky winter worn forks set for summer with a fork seal change (including seals). Perfect timing.

And all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to tweet a trails update to @KoftheP! Couldn’t be simpler.

So get riding, and get tweeting! We’ll announce the winner in May.


And while we’re at it…

mudgaurdOur friends at Peak District MTB have launched a new mudguard, exclusively on sale at Bike Garage! With all the profits going directly into looking after the trails we all ride, why not nip in to the shop the next time you’re passing and pick one up. A great way to put something back.


March’s monthly giveaway


Today’s the day we kick off the KoftheP monthly giveaway – and what a cracker it is in March.

We’ve teamed up with Alliance MTB to give the lucky winner a coaching session courtesy of the team.

Alliance MTB are officially licensed Forestry Commission operators at Sherwood Pines and are now working to deliver MTB Coaching at Clumber Park in conjunction with the National Trust.

They specialise in tailored, progressive  mountain bike skills coaching and guiding. And they’re bloody good at it! I should know, I’ve had a session with @AllianceSteve and it really did make a positive difference to my riding.

All you need to do is ride, and tweet the conditions to @KoftheP to be in with a chance of winning March’s giveaway – then we’ll put you in touch with the Alliance MTB team and on the road to being a better rider!

So get riding and get tweeting. Winner announced March 31th

Well, you’ve earned it after all…


Keeper of the Peak simply couldn’t exist without you lot. Even though I would love it if I could spend my days visiting the Peak District’s paths, from the Roaches to the Roych, Cumberland Clough to Cut Gate to send you trail updates, I can’t. My mortgage lender (and wife) simply wouldn’t have it.

So you’re vital in helping fellow riders know where’s riding well and where perhaps needs a rest; you’re vital to protecting the Peak from unnecessary MTB damage; you’re vital to painting the good picture of mountain bikers we deserve.

And it’s not just me that’s noticed it.

To say a great big thanks to you for being Keeper of the Peak, a wonderful group of companies, shops and individuals have stumped up some goodies for you. And I’m just going to give them away.

All you need to do is send in an update on the condition of the Peak District trails you’ve ridden that day.

Each month we’ll have the latest goodie from one of the wonderful people below and at the end of the month, I’ll randomly pick a person who’s tweeted an update to @KoftheP. Simple.

All I then need to do is put the winner in touch with that month’s goodie giver. So who’s chipping in?

Not a bad bunch to start with eh? Visit their pages, see what they do!

So keep an eye out. Once I’ve worked out how to write it in 140 characters, I’ll kick the first freebie off in March.

And all you need to do? Go and ride your bike, then tell me what it was like.

Cracking eh?






KoftheP Christmas Twitter Bingo!

bingobaubleMy grandad was a born and bred South Yorkshire man. He worked in the steelworks and enjoyed nothing more than a pint in the local Working Men’s Club of an evening.

As a result, one of our Christmas traditions was to have a pint in the club on Christmas Day and the inevitable round of bingo. So when it comes to Christmas, bingo is up there with crackers, turkey and mulled wine as a family tradition. And I thought I’d share it with you lot.

So who’s up for a bit of bingo? I’ve given it a @KoftheP twist as you’ll see in the ‘card’ below – and I’ve no idea how long it’ll take to get a full house, but it might be a laugh. Of course, it might be as good as a Betabuy Christmas cracker joke – but we won’t know unless we have a go will we!

I’ve got a couple of prizes for the winner too. So, eyes down!

KoftheP twitter bingo card


Ho ho ho