If you’re in the Joburg area looking for a MTB Route close to home, Braamfontein Spruit should be the name that pops to mind.
This 60km + endurance ride runs from Melville Koppies in the South all the way down to Paulshof in the North and is also one of Joburg’s most prominent greenbelts, with The Spruit effectively being a path that runs alongside the Jukskei river.
Virtually single track all the way, the route predominantly follows the water course with minimal technical sections en route making this an ideal ride for beginner to intermediate riders, but with sufficient options and variety to be entertaining and challenging for the more advanced cyclists too.
There are various starting points that one can access this route along from Emmarentia Dam to Delta Park to Albert’s Farm with picnic spots along majority of the route which is also used by runners and aquatic athletes.
Users of the Braamfontein Spruit Route are advised never to ride the route alone for security reasons.
Thaba Trails is located in Rietvlei 101-lr, Johannesburg, in the Gauteng province.
On offer is a technical and challenging 30km ride with adrenaline-pumping downhills on single track.
There is also a Yellow route which has a distance of 14km and is not as technical. It is an endurance ride on jeep track.
The office is open on Saturdays and Sundays and routes can be ridden from 6.30am until 5pm every day in the week.
There is an annual membership option available for R450. For entrance fee riders can phone the office.
The Cycle Zone indoor training experience is focused on assisting you reach your cycling and fitness goals through power based training.
Varying fitness level sessions are available from novice to experienced cyclists and all take place on big screen virtual rides. Performance metrics showing post ride reporting is also displayed during your ride.
There is also an in house café.
Westdene Cycles brands include, Giant, GT, Trek, LOOK, Bianchi, Zipp, Shimano, Campagnolo, Merida, SRAM, Specialized, Mavic, Oakley and many more.
They also offer a wide variety of bikes for children to mtb’s and service all bikes.
Trading hours: Mon to Fri – 8:30 to 5; Sat – 8:30 to 4
Mikes Bikes,is an authorized retailer for Santa Cruz Mountain Bikes and Giant Bicycles.
Their expertise ranges from building bikes, to fixing them (to building fixies) and matching you with your perfect bike.
Trading times: Mon to Fri – 7:30 to 6; Sat – 8:30 to 1
Northcliff Cycles, located in the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg, specialises in high-end road and mountain bikes. The team comprises highly skilled mechanics and salespeople that will be able to match you to your ideal bike, whether you’re a professional or amateur rider.
DESIGNINMOTION Cycles offer customers a select range of the best brands in cycling.
Here you will be able to view, touch, test and discuss your purchase options. Whether that be mountain bikes, shoes, helmets, accessories and clothing. DesigninMotion also offers bike assembly, service and repair facility.
Business hours: Mon – Fri 9am to 6pm; Sat 9am to 4pm; Sun 10am to 2pm
Located in the heart of Gauteng is the PwC Bike Park, one of the first international standard cycle parks in Gauteng.
There is something for the whole family from a tarred kids track for the littlies, junior mountain bike trail, pump track or multi tiered BMX track to four main trails for the older riders.
The Green Circle track is easy flowing, incorporating both single and jeep track and is perfect for new riders, the Blue Square track is faster and is more suited towards the intermediate rider with technical sections, the Black Diamond track is fast and challenging – perfect for the more experienced rider and the Double Black Diamond Track is laden with fast, dangerous single track suitable for the expert or professional cycling category.
The park has a number of Mountain Bikes, BMX’s and Kids Straddle Bikes available for hire, picnic spots and braai facilities on site, running trails as well as a jungle gym and jumping castle also available for the kids.
Fees are R20 for riders under five, R50 for riders under 12, R60 for riders under 18 and R75 for adult riders.
The park is open from Monday to Sunday, 6am to 6pm.
Central Park Bike Trails is situated in Modderfontein Reserve and are maintained by Two The Core Events, who are also responsible for the planning and cutting of new trails and offers cyclists looking to test their skills on some unique tracks, the ideal destination to do just that.
There are four main routes for cyclists to explore, the 10km Orange Route which consists of mainly Jeep Track with some climbs along the way and no overly technical sections, the 20km Green Route which has a combination of Jeep and Single Track traversing up a few mild climbs, the 30km Yellow Route which is mostly Single Track with some Jeep Track and fun technical sections and the 40km Red Route which mimics the Yellow Route but also boasts a ton of rocks, drop-offs and tight corners.
For those riders looking for more of a challenge, they can try their luck on the Klondike Section / Black Route which is an extra 4km loop with tons of technical sections, rocks, drop-offs and tight corners – not for the faint hearted.
All of the trails loop back to each other so riders can choose to shorten their ride.
Visitors to the reserve are also able to use the picnic area located at the Fish Eagle Dam where fishing is permitted on a catch and release basis.
The operating times are Tuesday to Sunday from 6am to 6pm with the park remaining open on a Wednesday evening until 10pm for Night Riding.
Solomons Cycles specialises in the supply of cycles, parts and accessories for a variety of bikes.
Their store also boasts a fishing, angling and camping departments.
Trading Hours: Mon to Fri – 8 to 5; Sat – 8 to 1:30; Sun – open every last Sunday of the month.
Cycle East offers gear brands such as Trek, Momsen, Rudy Project and more, with a service and repairs department open from Monday to Saturday.
Situated near the Modderfontein Mountain Bike Park, pop in and have a car / bike wash while you enjoy the offerings at the coffee shop on premises.
Cycle Lab Little Falls is located in the Pick n Pay Centre, The Falls in Roodepoort and stock everything from biking accessories and equipment to clothing and more.
Bike Services and repairs are also available.
Retail hours: Mon to Fri: 9 to 6; Sat: 9 to 3 and Sun: 9 to 1.
Cycle Lab Fourways Megastore is the largest retail cycling shop in the south.
They offer mountain bike and cycling clothing, apparel, equipment and much more.
Trading hours: Mon to Fri: 9 to 6; Sat: 8 to 5; Sun: 9 to 1 and PH: 9 to 1
Finish Line Cycles is located in Kempton Park, Gauteng, and caters for all disciplines of cycling – from children learning to ride to informal mountainbike rides, amateur roadies to elite riders. Finish Line Cycles is also well known throughout cycling circles for its legendary coffee and bunch of cyclists.
The Avianto MTB Trails are situated within a scenic rural area around Muldersdrift in Gauteng. The trails are situated by the Aviano Clubhouse and offers two route options, a 6km beginner’s course on mainly jeep tracks and gravel roads and a 17km intermediate course with a handful of single track sections and some challenging climbs.