You know how it goes....in all the excitement of heading off on a bike adventure, you always forget to pack something!
So what you need is the 3Bs Biking Packing Guide which gives you a handy list as an aide-memoire (French that is, you know ;-) ) or you can download and print off the list to tick as you pack! There's even space to add your own items that you just can't travel without.
Just head here to get all the reminders you need.
This is the boring bit but just to be clear the terms & conditions for our BIG competition are as follows:
A package is definitely the most popular way for people to book their trail riding breaks with us.
A 3 night B&B stay with 2 days trail riding, including bike hire and kit if required, plus 3 evening meals (with drinks) is €450 or less than £400 at current exchange rates.
We are flexible on arrival days so can fit around your flights. Limoges is our nearest airport at around 45 minutes away and both Ryanair and Flybe have regular flights there in season. Or you can drive down to us if you prefer.
We can offer other variations on length of stay and number of riding days and also offer a discount for groups. If you would like more information, just drop us a line.
My latest instalment is about trail riding in France. Where you can ride, what to expect etc.
So if you want to know more about trail riding in France just click the link.
So I've just added a page to our website about things you need to know if you're going to be riding a motorbike in France. And these all apply if you're on the trails as well as on the road (I've yet to come across a copper on the trails but just in case....)
You may already know all these but we like to help the newbies to come and discover the great riding in France too.
Take a look and let me know what I've missed out!
Motorcycling in France
It appears some people don't know what we do here at 3Bs Biking so I thought I'd do a bit of a summary.
Well we are of course a biker B&B in the middle of France, in the Haute Vienne, right on the Dordogne border. We can sleep up to 14 in our B&B rooms, that's 4 twin rooms and a bunk room sleeping 6. All rooms are en-suite and unlike many other biker B&Bs we don't chuck you out during the day, you are welcome to enjoy the facilities we have all day if you wish.
Our guest rooms are in our beautiful old barn so guests get plenty of privacy whilst knowing we are on site in the main house to help if needed. We offer evening meals, by prior arrangement (the BBQs are always very popular).
We have a beautiful terrace overlooking our valley for taking meals when the weather is nice or just for chilling on with a glass of something cold. If the weather isn't playing ball we have a large dining room which used to be a restaurant. Our pool is heated (seasonally) and the hot tub is always ready to go, even in the winter. We also have a large drying room for your wet kit. Hopefully you won't need that but it's there if you do. We have a well stocked workshop if you should need to do some fettling on your bike whilst you are in France and we can help you source any parts, tyres etc which might be needed.
In addition to B&B we have plenty of space for camping. Camping facilities are basic (sorry, no electrical hook-ups) but there are 2 showers, 2 toilets and a wash basin available and if you choose a spot by the lake you can even get Wi-Fi in your tent. Campers can book breakfast or evening meals if they wish.
We are happy to run road tours as required and also advise on routes if you prefer to 'do your own thing'. There are some great roads round here, stunning scenery and of course the obligatory coffee and lunch stops.
We are also a trail riding centre where you can either hire our trail bikes & kit or bring your own. And again we can advise on routes or accompany you. We have a selection of marked up maps and GPX files that can be shared with guests. There is a huge variety of trails round here so plenty for everyone.
We are happy to welcome groups and clubs and you can mix B&B with camping if you like. Just drop us a line with your requirements and we will do what we can to accommodate you.
We look forward to welcoming you at 3Bs Biking.
If you are thinking of coming to 3Bs Biking for a weekend (or even a few days mid week) of trail riding, this post is to give you an idea of what to expect.
People arrive in a variety of ways. Some arrive by road bike, some drive by car or van (maybe bringing their own bikes) and some fly to Limoges airport. If you fly then we can collect you in our minibus and we even take you back to the airport at the end of your stay.
Our most common length of stay is for 3 nights, 2 days trail riding but other options are possible.
Check in is available from 2pm and on arrival at 3Bs Biking, you will be welcomed with a cold beer and given a guided tour of the facilities.
All rooms have linen and towels provided, tea & coffee making facilities, shower gel and shampoo, robes and slippers. We operate an honesty bar for drinks, except those taken with evening meals which are included in your price. Guests are welcome to take a walk round our land, including the off road course, so there's plenty of time to wonder which obstacles you will be able to get over the next day! If guests need kitting out, we will usually do this on the first afternoon to be ready the next morning and also complete any insurance paperwork. Dinner will be either on our terrace or in the dining room, depending on the weather and will be either a BBQ or 3 course meal with beer, wine or soft drinks.
So after a sound night's sleep, breakfast is usually at 8.15am and is continental style. Don't worry! You won't go hungry. There's plenty of choice. We will aim to be on the bikes by 9.30am and after a quick briefing, you will head down to our course for some warmup exercises and some of those obstacles if you wish. This gives you time to get familiar with the bikes and gives us an opportunity to assess everybody's skill/experience level. That's useful for later when we go out on the trails so we can tailor the day for you. Do bear in mind that if you come in a group of mixed abilities we will have to tailor the trails to the least experienced but can often get some trickier bits in for the more experienced. If you have any real off road beginners in the group they may choose to stay and play on our course for the day, rather than going out on the trails. We will usually spend at least an hour on our course to check all is ok and then after another short briefing, head out on the trails.
Lunch may be at a local eatery or it may be a picnic lunch; it very much depends on time of year, day of the week and how far you have managed to get by lunchtime! We recommend you have a light lunch as trail riding on a full stomach can be a tad uncomfortable.
Then it's back out on the trails for the afternoon. How long you stay out is really guided by how trail bike fit you are as accidents happen when people start to get too tired. There will usually be a coffee stop mid afternoon somewhere which gives you and us a chance to take stock and decide how much further to go. Don't forget you still have to get back to base and there's another day tomorrow!
Back at 3Bs Biking, you park up your bikes and leave them to us, jump in the shower and head for either the heated pool or the hot tub to ease those aching muscles. With a beer or two of course!
Dinner is usually served around 7pm and tales of daring do will abound! Drinks are included with your meals but be mindful that you still have a days biking tomorrow.
The second day follows a similar format but unless anyone particularly wants to, we skip our course and go straight out on the trails. This means we can get further afield and we will head to different trails than the previous day. If anyone has a problem with their bikes on the trails, we carry a small selection of tools to fix the bikes and worst case we can recover the bike on the trailer. If a person requires help then either a phone call back to base or to the emergency services ensures a prompt response. Please make sure you have your EHIC card with you and we strongly recommend bike specific travel insurance which includes repatriation.
After the second day on the trails you will get back to base tired but happy for another round of pool/hot tub/dinner/beer (or wine). Oh and more tales of daring do!
Breakfast time the next morning is usually dictated by flight times usually but check out is by 11am latest. However if you have a late flight we don't turf you out, we just ask you to vacate your room so we can start to clean. There are other showers and toilets you can use until your departure time.
Hopefully you end your stay with big smiles and some great comments in the visitors book and we look forward to seeing you back at 3Bs Biking soon!
Well not really resolutions but we are determined this year will be all about the fun! For us, as well as for our guests. Mind you, last year wasn't bad...we had a lot of laughs. We also learnt a lot!
I will be sharing a few 3Bs Biking offers in January so if you're planning your trip next year, keep an eye out for those. Bookings are a steady stream at the moment but more is always good :-)
In the meantime Arnie is very busy, destroying guest rooms! Well not really but we are updating the 2 old guest rooms as they looked a bit tatty, compared to the shiny new ones we built last winter.
So new bathrooms are going in, the very tasteful (not) carpet is being stripped from the walls to be replaced with something as yet undecided and the floor carpet underlay which was glued down to the floorboards has been painstakingly (literally...you should have seen my blisters) scraped up.
Bring on 2017!
Can't live with 'em, can't do business without them!
I've been scratching my head over this SEO (Search Engine Optimisation for those not in the know...basically means how likely we are to appear high up on a Google search).
I'm sure it is some sort of black magic. I think I've made progress as at least we now seem to appear but it's going to take some effort to depose the old guard! And nothing happens particularly quickly with it, or so it seems...
If anyone wants a website link and are happy to link back to us, let me know. Or if you're on a bike forum and mention us in passing with a link to the website that would be great. And of course, if you can do the FB sharey thing that all helps too. (I'm not too proud to beg :-) )
In the meantime Arnie has been doing useful stuff and making more doors. And the first was hung today on the toilet/shower block! As evidenced by the picture below. I think it looks rather pukka.
Weather here has been splendid all week, temperatures of low 20s and sunny. I'm not sure how much longer it can last though....
So the pool has been covered up and winterised but we are still open for the intrepid winter bikers. The hot tub runs all year long!
Hi. I am Ad and the aim of this blog is to keep you informed of what's going on at 3Bs Biking