KAROOBAIX is a new two-day 404km stage race for modern gravel / cyclocross style bicycles through the South African Karoo on
9/ 10 October 2017.
The route is almost exclusively gravel, and range from super smooth hard-packed dirt to soft sand, sharp rocks and corrugations. The race will be semi-supported, and there will be two rest stops with good food, coffee and fresh water along each of the two stages.
The name KAROOBAIX (pronounced ka-roo-bay) pays homage the Paris-Roubaix race, the murderous European Classic that earned itself the nickname Hell of the North, and our unique, spectacular and sometimes inhospitable semi-desert region of the Karoo.
Rob Sim, a regular hammerer of many bikes across Epic’s, Sani’s, W2W’s, you name it he’s most likely conquered it, came in for a makeover. His bike, that is. There is no changing Rob, but his bike needed some sprucing up to fit in with his business RobertDaniel
We’re off to Eroica this weekend to have our brains rattled offroad on our old road bikes and eat and drink Italian style in Montagu. The first time we’re going to be giving our ancient leather saddles and down-tube shifters a bash will be on the day so it should be interesting…
How to sum up a whole year? We must say it was hard not to notice how many more people were getting around by bicycle with more and more “skedonks” resurrected from garages and scrap heaps by people who last rode a bike when they were 6, their enthusiasm reignited by the thrilling thought of exploring Cape Town at night by bike with #moonlightmass. Thanks Elad and Daniel for bringing the cool factor back.
28 August marked the end of an era for us when our beloved colleague/friend/just-about-family-member and colleague Solly Jones finished off his last day at BMC.
What a great priviledge it was to work with someone who now has 30 years of experience in the bicycle industry, starting with the Lejeune factory in the 70’s, under his belt. There isn’t an old bike under the sun that Solly couldn’t fix. Everyone’s precious ‘old banger’ deserves some time with this man.
Jared met Solly at Soloped in the 90’s when he started working there and after spending a few years learning from Solly, Jared’s dream of opening his own bicycle shop was born. He always wanted to work side-by-side with Solly again so a few years after opening BMC, Jared decided it was time to add him to the work-force.
He’s been with us since our days at the old Synagogue in Argyle St:
He then moved with us…
to our new premises in Aubrey St.
And what an amazing ride it’s been.
We’ll miss you Solly! Especially those laugh-till-you-cry episodes and moments of sillyness.
All the best for the future and send our regards to all at Bicycle Empowerment Network. We know you’ll make them proud.