Very good service and e-bikes. Vern Overton Cycling is highly recommended.

Can’t fault Vern and his service. Myself and 5 friends were visiting Harrogate for the weekend. I contacted Vern about hiring bike. He got back to me really quickly answering all of my queries. He delivered our bikes to us at the accommodation.. super condition bikes.. they looked new. All had safety helmet and came with puncture repair kits. We were supplied with a possible route, bike locks and a pump. After a lovely day cycling in the rare sunshine we called Vern Knaresborough for a pick up in approx 40mins and we couldn’t have timed it better. Thank you very much 😊 We all would definitely recommend

Super helpful, and really friendly. Hired two MTBs which were sized to fit and affordable. Also offered very reasonable bike repairs. Would recommend for bike hire!

Having injured my back I needed my Giant Road bike converting to a flat bar. Vern did an amazing job and wherever possible used stock (2nd hand) parts to keep the cost down. 5 star service from a 5 star fella!

Fantastic bikes, really well prepared and running smoothly & Vern is a great person to talk to!

Vern was super helpful in renting us an electric mountain bike for the day and sorting our a route that fitted our requirements. Highly recommended.

Vern was very helpful and accommodating. We rented 12 excellent bikes. Vern delivered, fitted bikes to riders and collected. Communication, service and bikes were all great

Hired a bike just for the day off Vern liasoning was very well organized the type of bike I would need for myself and the time I was picking it up. Overall a great experience and would definitely recommend for the price and if your a keen cyclists! Some great quality bikes available aswell 👍

Vern had everything ready and he even recommended us two cycling routes to enjoy Yorkshire. The bikes were in perfect conditions to enjoy a 5h cycle.We will repeat again next year!

My wife and I rented two bikes for a week and it couldn’t have been any better. The bikes where in excellent condition, almost new, well adjusted and ready to go. We had no mechanical issues during any of our rides (which added to more than 600Km). Vern was very kind since the very beginning in every way possible: he agreed to meet at the time we needed to collect the bikes (and we were late :-( ), he lended us some stuff we hadn’t brought from Mexico, and even gave us two new water bottles as a gift! He is a very experienced rider himself and gave us a lot of advice regarding riding on and off the roads in UK and even suggested some areas to visit in the park. We are very happy with the service and highly recommend this very professional company. Also, we highly recommend visiting the Yorkshire Dales on bike, just make sure you plan ahead your rides and chose a geographically adequate place as your base (we decided on Ilkley which is a very charming town and close to many cycle circuits and hiking routes).

Amazing Time.

Vern was very friendly and accomodating. The bike I hired was brilliant and in bar and new condition. Great service, great bike and great location to get around on 2 wheels. MUST see Vern for a brilliant bike hire adventure.

Best rental road bike near Harrogate !

I rent a bike for the day.
The bike was super bike and as good as new. A pump and repair kit is supplied with the bike.
Vern was very nice and helpful.
The place is easy to find and ideally situated to have a ride in the Dales.
I spent definitely a very good day.
Benoit Barre

See you Vern

Bikes were very good and service was exceptional. Thank you Vern!

Went out his way to fix my bike. Such a nice and friendly guy with great knowledge on bikes. Can't thank you enough for the help!

Great job!

Great, friendly service. Fixed my bike on the same day as it was booked in for. Overall 10/10, will be using again and recommending to friends & family.

Amazing Experience with Vern Overton Cycling

We have just had the most wonderful family day, riding the Nidderdale Greenway Cycle track! All thanks to Vern from Vern Overton Cycling! From the moment we contacted Vern, he supplied us with all the information and recommendations for booking 4 mountain bikes for our family day out in Harrogate, Ripley and Knaresborough! Super helpful in making recommendations and the bikes were in superb condition, supplied with maps, spare inner tubes, locks - everything you would need for a day out riding! Would highly recommend Vern's company if you are wanting to hire bikes in Harrogate & District!

Excellent bikes and service

Excellent bikes for a lovely ride on the Nidderdale Greenway. Extras like helmets, locks, pump, spare tire provided. Thank you VOC!

I had a tremendous day’s riding (90km) around Harrogate on a bike from Vern. Road bike was perfect and Vern helped out with a lift to the Wellington Inn for a post-ride beer.

Fantastic, friendly all round service

I contacted Vern to do a full service on two of my bikes, Both specialized, an ageing Rockhopper mountain bike and a sirrus hybrid used for commuting, both were both showing a bit of age mechanically! Vern was very friendly and professional when arranging the service and for a small fee agreed to pick up the bikes, There was no hurry I pointed out as I used another bike in the meantime but both were done after a few days, Vern did a written report of any issues found and any work carried out as well as brake pad wear which was really useful. Vern dropped the bikes off and I took them both for a little test ride. Well it was like riding brand new bikes (war scars still there) they were so clean and everything felt just right, nice and tight, gear change smooth. Cant thank Vern enough and will do my best to recommend him to friends and family.

wonderful experience with Vern, great bikes, super location to ride to Ripley Castle and then off road largely to Knaresborough on bike paths. better location to ride from than Harrogate!

Our family of five have just hired bikes from Vern and had a great day out today, cycling around Ripley, Harrogate and the countryside. Vern was really friendly, helpful and highly knowledgeable about bikes and the area. The bikes looked new, were of high quantity and really well maintained. Thank you very much, we can highly recommend to anyone!

Contacted Vern a few days before a planned trip to see friends in Otley hoping to get a ride in whilst visiting. He responded really quickly, was easy to communicate with and provided a great bike and all required kit for a days riding. Highly recommended.

Great bikes and service

Contacted Vern a few days before a planned trip to see friends in Otley hoping to get a ride in whilst visiting. He responded really quickly, was easy to communicate with and provided a great bike and all required kit for a days riding. Highly recommended.

Awesome service! I rented a gravel bike for the day, good quality bike and Vern couldn’t have been more accommodating. Excellent location to start a tour from, many quiet country roads to enjoy.

I needed an e-bike for a long week-end and Vern very efficiently replied to my messages and then delivered a good ebike in perfect condition to the hotel, even before I arrived, and also picked it up after. Very good service. Of course I had to pay for the delivery, but that's normal.

Professional bike workshop

Very kind and professional, me and my friends had a puncture and shifting problems on our way riding c to c, fixed for us easily for half an hour, definitely a place to recommend

Excellent cycle hire

Vern was very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. The mountain bikes we hired were high quality and really well maintained. We look forward to hiring again when next in the area.

E-bike hire at its best!

Vern was friendly and helpful and very communicative, we hired 2 electric mountain bikes and they were superb and very well setup! He recommended a couple of different routes and the one we chose was great, we chose to cut it a bit shorter as it was such a hot day but still had a really nice ride! Highly recommended and a fantastic add on to our holiday in the Dales! Tim & Carole

Exceptional Customer Service!

Can't say enough the positive experience dealing with Vern. I contacted numerous bike rental agencies in the area looking for a small 47cm carbon road bike to no avail. Vern didn't have one either but he actually purchased a 47cm frame and built it for me. Unbelievable, what service! ! He also provided us some routes and was very responsive when we had an issue. The riding is amazing and challenging in the Dales with lots of punchy 18-25% climbs. Highly, highly recommend Vern Overton Cycling!

Found Vern online and organised a bike hire from overseas. It was easily organised and once on holiday collected the bike with no issues. The bike was low spec but in good condition and well maintained. Vern was helpful and knowledgeable and I strongly recommend his services.

Luckily Ilkley

Great bikes - Trek and Specialized set up for us with right gears for the terrain.
Convenient drop off and pick at our doorstep!
Call Vern for all your cycling needs.

Cycling in Ilkley

Great service with delivery of bikes right to our accommodation.
Bikes - Trek and Specialized like new and geared for the local terrain.

Great Bike and Wonderful Support

Great Bike and Wonderful Support

Great Bike and Wonderful Support

We contacted Vern Saturday to rent bikes Sunday. He was very responsive and helpful, even brought the bikes to the train station for us. Three of us used road bikes and one used an e-bike, he helped size us and provided locks and helmets. Knowing we wanted to ride from Harrogate to Fountains Abbey, he mapped out a good route and showed us where to start. We could not have asked for better bikes or better service, it made our day so perfect. Highly recommend exploring this gorgeous area on 2 wheels and having VOC set you up and equip you. Many thanks from the four Yanks you helped Vern!

Perfect bike hire.

Friendly service from the word go. I explained the type of cycling we planned and our heights and 2 appropriate (hybrid) bikes were selected for us dropped off at our hotel. All perfect.

Weekend bike hire - all good.

We hired 2 x bikes for a weekend of cycling around Harrogate. The bikes were delivered to/collected from our hotel. Friendly service, good, well-maintained bikes. Perfect.

Yorkshire Dales MTB

Great service from Vern! He was very accommodating with our last minute reservation and he also arranged for the bikes to be dropped off and picked up at Loft House for us (as we didn’t have bike racks). The bikes were perfect for the Dales terrain (we did the Nidderdale classic route)!

Perfect experience renting a road bike from Vern, I can give my best recommendations for him

Perfect experience renting road bike from Vern

I rented a road bike from Vern during a stay in Harrogate in April 2022.
I can only give Vern my very best recommendations, he was friendly and forthcoming in the booking process and we found a really good bike for me to hire, and I enjoyed cycling on for the 4 days I had it.
Prices are good and he even delivered and collected the bike from me.

We rented two e-bikes from Vern for a circular route of about 45 miles. It was a glorious ride! The bikes were perfect for the up and down of this countryside. Vern got us all geared up and was available by phone for when we returned. A perfect day on excellent bikes!!

Vern rented us 25 bikes and was unbelievable throughout! He sorted a route, adapted plans, found an electric bike for one person. He also coordinated to pick some people up early who found the cycle challenging. Thank you so much, Vern. You and Dave were amazing. We look forward to renting from you again!

My girlfriend and I hired two hardtail mountain bikes from Vern, to explore Nidderdale. Vern was fantastic - flexible with pick up and drop off, provided us with a map and was really friendly. We rode out from the pick up point and past Gouthwaite reservoir and Scar House Reservoir. The bikes dealt with terrain effortlessly and we had a lovely day out, despite rain and wind. I would recommend getting the bikes dropped at a starting point, so as to minimize the time spent on roads. Cheers, Dave

Birthday cycle

Me and my partner hired 2 electric bikes to go out and explore the area for my birthday and pedal over to Brimham Rocks. Vern was very friendly and there was no hassle, we signed the forms, got shown how to use the bikes and off we went.
Will definitely be using VOC again the next time we’re here
Thank you!

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Michael Ball
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Vern was very helpful and did a wheel swap to enable me to complete my 96 mile cycle spotive for Prostate Cancer. Highly recommend this genuine guy.

Great Bikes & Service

Hired bikes for the afternoon for 5 mates. Bikes were nearly new and exactly what we needed. Great route recommendations and general services. Highly recommended.

Bike Hire

We booked a cycling break in Harrogate. Vern provided the bikes which were excellent. He delivered the bikes to our hotel and collected them at the end. All arrangements made went like clockwork. A very good experience. Would highly recommend.

Great day mountain biking

We hired 4 mountain bikes - all in great condition, which were delivered to our door in the morning and picked up in the evening. Vern was friendly and knowledgable. I’d highly recommend it to anyone hiring bikes for the day

Ebike riding in Nidderdale

Hired an ebike for two days. I had never ridden one before and Vern gave a great explanation of how to get the best use from it. I was able to overtake my husband on his road bike on several climbs which was very satisfying! We did an average of 25 miles each day and I only used half the battery on each day. We could have covered 40 miles easily each day. It is hilly in Nidderdale and an ebike transforms the experience of riding for a non-regular cyclist. On the first day we cycled to Ripley on back roads and picked up the Nidderdale Greenway which took us to Harrogate, mostly off-road. The next day we did a brilliant run: Pateley Bridge, Lofthouse to Scar House reservoir and back as recommended by Vern. We gained 1000 feet in height but I hardly noticed it! Back was all downhill. Lovely quiet road. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience: worth every penny!

Extremely friendly and helpful service, great assistance at short notice and excellent bike, can't go wrong! (Mountain bike hire)

Brilliant time renting 2 mountain bikes, great service and excellent hard tail mountain bikes, would highly recommend!

Terms & Conditions

1. CYCLE HIRE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1.1 Vern Overton Cycling provides high quality specialist bikes for hire. To achieve this at a reasonable cost we ask our customers to treat the equipment responsibly.  Before being subject to your hire, bikes are serviced and maintained to the highest industry standards by an in-house CYTECH Level 3 Mechanic.  Documentary evidence is maintained to show the level and frequency of bike servicing and list all replacement parts which may have been fitted, thus forming an audit trail of maintenance for each cycle.

1.2 Bikes and equipment can only be hired from Vern Overton Cycling on completion of a Hire Agreement Form or by accepting our hire conditions. We reserve the right to take the customers Credit/Debit Card details to hold as security until the bike is returned in the condition it was hired out in. Upon acceptance of these Terms & Conditions a binding contract is formed between British Bike Hire and the hirer. We reserve the right not to accept or to fulfil a Booking.

1.3 All Bookings are subject to availability. When a Booking is made by one person on behalf of another person, that person confirms to Vern Overton Cycling that he or she has the authority to make such a booking.

1.4 The Hire period commences on the day the cycle(s) and equipment is collected or dispatched to you and continues until the cycle(s) and equipment is returned to Vern Overton Cycling.  Competitive rates of hire for each type of bike are as per the Vern Overton Cycling website www.voc.bike

HIRER’S TERMS AND CONDITIONS

2.1 You are responsible for ensuring that you are sufficiently fit to undertake cycling using the type of bike that you have hired.  Vern Overton Cycling does not accept any responsibility for your failure to complete your Hire period due to lack of fitness, illness or injury. Nor does it accept liability for death, personal injury, loss or damage to personal effects to any participant, nor can Vern Overton Cycling accept any responsibility for delays or changes to your period of Hire due to weather, strikes, war, terrorism or other causes.

2.2 You accept that cycling on a public highway or off-road carries its own risks and you have made your booking on the basis that you undertake the Hire at your own risk. You understand and accept that Vern Overton Cycling advises the wearing of cycle helmets at all times when riding.

2.3 You will ride your cycle responsibly at all times. You will NOT hold Vern Overton Cycling responsible for any loss, damage or injury including death to persons or property with regard to the use of the cycle(s) and equipment hired. You accept responsibility to Indemnify Vern Overton Cycling against any claim, interest, demand or expense in respect of such injury or damage.

2.4 You will ensure that you have suitable Insurance cover at all times during the period of your hire.  Vern Overton Cycling may offer Insurance as part of its offer and will only use a reputable and affiliated Insurance provider.

2.5 You are responsible for all cycles and equipment hired or loaned and it your responsibility to keep these items safe from damage, loss or theft, use it in a proper manner and not subject it to any misuse or unfair wear and tear.

2.6 Any damage caused due to crash or neglect is the Customer’s responsibility and will be charged for.

2.7 You will notify Vern Overton Cycling immediately of any loss, damage or theft to the hired cycles or equipment however caused. You will be responsible for paying Vern Overton Cycling the reasonable costs of repair or replacement for any such loss, damage or theft.

2.8 You will not offer for sale, sell, dispose, mortgage, lend, pledge or otherwise part with possession of the hired cycle(s) or equipment.

2.9 Should a cycle break down within 10 miles of Darley, we will attempt to offer mechanical support at the roadside. Do be aware however that our mechanic is not on immediate standby to deploy and will be involved with other cycling duties – so there could be a long wait at certain times of the day. In all breakdowns (including those further afield) feel free to call 07595 460465 for best advice.

3. PAYMENT TERMS

3.1 Payments are to be made when reserving a bike for hire.  Full Payment, or for advanced bookings a Deposit Payment may be made equal to 30% of the total cost of the bike-hire.  Any balance payment that is owing must to be paid in full prior to bikes being released for hire.  When bookings are cancelled our policy is as follows:

Cancellation made more than 4 weeks from the hire date – a charge of 10% of the total value of the hire will be levied
Cancellation of more than 7 days from the hire date – a charge of 30% of the value of the hire will be levied.
Cancellation of more than 3 days from the hire date – a charge of 50% of the value of the hire will be levied.
Cancellation of less than 24 hours before the hire is due – a full charge of the hire will be taken.

Vern Overton Cycling will consider individual cases in extraordinary circumstances.  The charges that are made are to offset loss of other potential bike-hire clients.  The sliding scale of charges made reflect the limiting timescale available to find other bike-hire clients.

3.2 In consideration of our arranging, preparing and servicing your bike for Hire – in accordance with these terms and conditions you will pay Vern Overton Cycling the total price for your period of Hire set out in the Hire Agreement Form in advance of the hire commencing.

3.3 Late return of the Bike will be charged at twice the published daily hire rate for each day/ part day that the bike is returned late.

3.4 A Credit Card will be required at the commencement of any hire period, but this may extend to a deposit to the value of the cycle(s) by credit or debit card payment or other surety as deemed sufficient by Vern Overton Cycling depending on its assessment of the risk and the value of the equipment. If a deposit is taken it will be returned at the end of the hire period provided that;

Any cycles and/or equipment hired or used are returned in an undamaged condition to Vern Overton Cycling

Any cycles and/ or equipment hired or used are returned within the arranged hire period at an arranged time and place to Vern Overton Cycling.

3.5 If the terms set out in 3.4 (above) are not complied with, Vern Overton Cycling reserves the right to charge reasonable charges until such time when cycles and/ or equipment concerned have been returned. In the case of cycles and/or equipment left or returned damaged, you are responsible for any costs incurred and sustained in replacing or repairing (whichever the cheaper) the items concerned to a condition equivalent to that prior to the Hire.

3.6 In all cases normal wear and tear as defined by the manufacturer or supplier of the product is accepted and allowed and is included in any hire price.

3.7 In all cases, the security/ damage deposit can be used as a deposit against the costs or charges mentioned herein.

4. PERSONAL SAFETY

4.1 It is the rider’s responsibility for their own safety. Cycling involves personal risk and you must ride responsibly.

4.2 Hirers are to wear a safety helmet which is provided free of charge. Riders are also encouraged to wear bright clothing and make themselves easily seen by other road users. In dark or low light conditions riders should not ride unless they provide adequate lighting.

4.3 Road, hybrid and mountain bikes are not to be used for racing, whether the race is part of an organised racing event or not.

4.4 Injury(s) and/or death associated with the sport of cycling may result from weather, excessive speed, collision with inanimate objects or other persons, rider inexperience, error or abuse of equipment.

4.5 First time of novice bikers should use the equipment under the supervision of an experienced rider.

4.6 You are asked to show courtesy to other riders and when on the Public Highway you are expected to abide by the Highway Code – in particular the “extra rules for cyclists” (rules 187-211).

4.7 What type of terrain is my bike suitable to ride on? Due to their skinny slick tyres, road bikes are for riding over road routes only and are not to be ridden off-road. Owing to their wider tyres hybrid bikes and e-bikes are also well-suited to riding on the road and will be also be good on routes such as firm canal tow-paths and constructed tracks and trails which are free of mud and other obstruction. Due to having knobbly tyres, mountain bikes are slow and cumbersome over metalled roads. Whilst this makes progress slow, they are perfectly safe when ridden on the road. In addition they are most suitable when ridden on canal tow paths, tracks, trails and map-marked mountain bike routes such as Permitted-Byways and Bridleways.

4.8 Mountain bikes Hired by Vern Overton Cycling are “hard-tail” in design (front suspension only) and are NOT to suitable for challenging downhill riding.  Only experienced riders using “dual suspension” bikes (not Hired by Vern Overton Cycling) are suitable for riding “Downhill”.

4.9 You must not cycle under the influence of alcohol, strong medication, other drugs or fatigue.

5. GENERAL

5.1 These terms and conditions constitute the entire agreement between us, and supersede any previous agreement or understanding and may not be varied except in writing between us. All other terms, express or implied by statute or otherwise, are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.

5.2 Any notice required or permitted to be given by either of us to the other under these terms and conditions shall be in writing.

5.3 No failure or delay by either of us in exercising any of its rights under these terms and conditions shall be deemed to be a waiver of that right, and no waiver by either of us of any breach of these terms and conditions by the other shall be considered as a waiver of any subsequent breach of the same or any other provision.

5.4 If any provision of these terms and conditions is held by any court or other competent authority to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part, the validity of the other provisions of these terms and conditions and the remainder of the provision in question shall not be affected.

5.5 Vern Overton Cycling shall have no liability to you if they are unable to fulfil a Booking due to an event of Force Majeure (earth quake, hurricane, act of god etc).  In the event of being unable to fulfil your booking under such circumstances, our liability shall not exceed the agreed cost of the hire, including any deposits already paid.

5.6 Except where expressly permitted under the Data Protection Act 1998, we will only use your personal details in connection with your Booking arrangements, unless you agree otherwise. We will keep your personal details secure in accordance with our obligations under the Date Protection Act 1998.

5.7 Vern Overton Cycling will not be liable to you where any alleged loss or damage results from;

Any of your own actions or omissions;

The action or omission of a third party not connected with the provision of your bike hire:

An event or circumstances which we could not have predicted or avoided even after taking all reasonable care;

Where any loss or damage is considered to be an indirect or consequential loss.

5.8 Except as otherwise expressly provided herein, nothing in these terms and conditions confers or purports to confer on any third party any benefit or any right to enforce any of these terms or conditions pursuant to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

5.9 These terms and conditions shall be governed by English law, and both of us hereby agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.

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Patrick Rogers
October 14, 2017

World class service. Good bike. Excellent area for cycling. Brilliant. Thanks Vern.

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Lesley Hawks
June 12, 2023

wonderful experience with Vern, great bikes, super location to ride to Ripley Castle and then off road largely to Knaresborough on bike paths. better location to ride from than Harrogate!

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LAD
December 22, 2018

Excellent Service for an Excelllent Ride in The Dales

This review is long overdue! My wife and I visited Yorkshire this past July. I was fortunate enough to have a friend take me on a beautiful yet sometimes grueling 104 mile ride through the Dales. I was also fortunate in my choice of Vern Overton Cycling for my bike rental. Their bikes and service are top notch! I met Mr. Overton twice once on delivery and then on pick-up...great guy! I highly recommend this shop!

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Roq100
July 2, 2019

Very helpful local cycle hire business!

Vern was very helpful in providing us with good quality full suspension mountain bikes for our trip to Snowdonia. Very pleasant and flexible!

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MothyTim
September 1, 2022

E-bike hire at its best!

Vern was friendly and helpful and very communicative, we hired 2 electric mountain bikes and they were superb and very well setup! He recommended a couple of different routes and the one we chose was great, we chose to cut it a bit shorter as it was such a hot day but still had a really nice ride! Highly recommended and a fantastic add on to our holiday in the Dales! Tim & Carole

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celiza87
November 3, 2020

great road bike hire

Vern was really helpful, he gave me some great cycle routes to explore the local area and the bike I hired from him was great. I would definitely recommend !!!

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Daniel B
August 5, 2020

Day cycling in the Dales

Vern was incredibly helpful and gave us some fantastic guidance for a day cycle. Definitely reccomend his services.

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Bill Cowsell
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July 30, 2019

Big thanks to Vern for delivering a bike to allow me to explore the Harrogate hinterland for the past couple of days. Excellent customer care and a diamond geezer to boot. Can heartily recommend.

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98petej
September 21, 2020

Road Bike Hire

Had a great 5 days of cycling around the Yorkshire Dales on one of Vern's hired road bikes. Some of the best cycling I've done in the UK with endless quality roads and some great hill climbing and descents. The Trek I hired didn't skip a beat and was ideal. Light and well maintained with a good gear set-up for some of the steeper gradients. Would thoroughly recommend as it really is a great value service that's relaxed and accommodating, I doubt if you could get better, thanks Vern!

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Andrew C
July 27, 2018

Two weeks of fantastic cycling with a great bike from Vern

I'm a keen cyclist and Vern set me up with a lovely late model Trek road bike. I went for long rides in the Dales every day for two weeks and never got tired of riding in this beautiful part of the world. There are so many quiet lanes and roads, and you have a choice of terrain from flat to Tour-level climbs. Lots of other cyclists about and plenty of places to stop if you wish. If you love cycling, come and try Yorkshire. I couldn't have asked for more.

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Stu Mitchell
March 1, 2021

My bike needed a service as it'd been some time since it had one, and the gears had started to seize up somewhat. I took it to Vern after seeing his reviews on here. After he'd finished, I was delighted that the bike ran as good as new. Very flexible on drop off and pick up times. Superb service and result - would highly recommend.

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Sam Challenor
November 21, 2021

Vern rented us 25 bikes and was unbelievable throughout! He sorted a route, adapted plans, found an electric bike for one person. He also coordinated to pick some people up early who found the cycle challenging. Thank you so much, Vern. You and Dave were amazing. We look forward to renting from you again!

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James T
May 29, 2023

Great bikes and service

Contacted Vern a few days before a planned trip to see friends in Otley hoping to get a ride in whilst visiting. He responded really quickly, was easy to communicate with and provided a great bike and all required kit for a days riding. Highly recommended.

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Marcus Harrington
August 11, 2021

My Explorer Group hired 9 Mountain bikes to take out for the day, It was a really affordable hire. We were given brand new Mountain Bikes that the Explorers loved, Vern was very knowledgeable and suggested routes based on our riders experience. Great place of hire, would use again and recommend to anyone visiting harrogate and the local area.

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adil qadeer
February 23, 2019

Great place

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Henry Erdozain
May 8, 2021

A really great Bike Service done by Vern Overton this week, just been out on the bike, it is working like a dream and feels like new again. Great service, good value, Vern is a pleasure to deal with and I would highly recommend.

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Ignas Gudelis
July 27, 2023

Bikes were very good and service was exceptional. Thank you Vern!

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AJBharrogate_UK
June 22, 2023

Fantastic, friendly all round service

I contacted Vern to do a full service on two of my bikes, Both specialized, an ageing Rockhopper mountain bike and a sirrus hybrid used for commuting, both were both showing a bit of age mechanically! Vern was very friendly and professional when arranging the service and for a small fee agreed to pick up the bikes, There was no hurry I pointed out as I used another bike in the meantime but both were done after a few days, Vern did a written report of any issues found and any work carried out as well as brake pad wear which was really useful. Vern dropped the bikes off and I took them both for a little test ride. Well it was like riding brand new bikes (war scars still there) they were so clean and everything felt just right, nice and tight, gear change smooth. Cant thank Vern enough and will do my best to recommend him to friends and family.

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Tony Downham
April 20, 2024

Having injured my back I needed my Giant Road bike converting to a flat bar. Vern did an amazing job and wherever possible used stock (2nd hand) parts to keep the cost down. 5 star service from a 5 star fella!

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Peadar Byrne
April 20, 2024

Super helpful, and really friendly. Hired two MTBs which were sized to fit and affordable. Also offered very reasonable bike repairs. Would recommend for bike hire!

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ge0rgemallet
June 5, 2018

Amazing cycle across the Yorkshire dales!

Vern helped us with a 15 mile cycle from Skipton to Appletreewick via Grassington. Vern was extremely helpful and met us at the station with 10 top quality bikes all ready to go. We plotted the route in advance and he collected the bikes at a pub at the end so we could get some well earned drinks in. It was the most stunning cycle and enjoyed by all! I cannot recommend Vern and the trip in general enough,

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Ellen B
June 10, 2022

Cycling in Ilkley

Great service with delivery of bikes right to our accommodation.
Bikes - Trek and Specialized like new and geared for the local terrain.

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NickStrasburg
June 18, 2018

Hired a mountain bike

Vern has a good selection of Trek bikes and good local knowledge, he's an engaging character and was happy to go beyond the call of duty and help me sort out one of my own bikes.

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RizShaz
August 18, 2019

A wonderful ride in the most beautiful backdrop with fabulous service from Vern

Staying in Aysgarth, Vern arranged for me to hire a bike and came out and cycled with me one morning. Superb personalized service from Vern. Resolved any issue I had and was fabulous company as we scaled Butter tubs together. I think the dales are the most spectacular backdrop for cycling of all abilities and Vern really provides an excellent service with top quality bikes and support. I will be back !

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Trine J
August 13, 2019

Legendary service

Vern is a legend. We were staying in Otley where there were no options for renting mountain bikes. Luckily Vern saved the day by providing us with bikes within an hour of calling. 1 day was spent in Stainburn forest and the other in Armscliffe crag. The bikes and service made our stay in otley. Thank you, Vern!

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James Silson
June 8, 2021

Massive thanks to Vern for servicing my bike. Excellent customer service and the bike feels like new. Would highly recommend! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Julie
September 29, 2019

Hire bikes for world championships

Vern provides great customer service during our visit for the world championships. We hired hybrid bikes with helmets and had a great time exploring the countryside.
Vern made himself available when we needed to both pick up and drop off the bikes.

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Rosemary G
May 30, 2022

Great Bike and Wonderful Support

We contacted Vern Saturday to rent bikes Sunday. He was very responsive and helpful, even brought the bikes to the train station for us. Three of us used road bikes and one used an e-bike, he helped size us and provided locks and helmets. Knowing we wanted to ride from Harrogate to Fountains Abbey, he mapped out a good route and showed us where to start. We could not have asked for better bikes or better service, it made our day so perfect. Highly recommend exploring this gorgeous area on 2 wheels and having VOC set you up and equip you. Many thanks from the four Yanks you helped Vern!

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Rob
September 17, 2020

Vern's No.1 ranking is well deserved!

We rented high-spec 3 road bikes from Vern for a week of cycling in the Dales. The bikes were well maintained, loaned at a very affordable price, and Vern went out of his way to help us out. Cheers Vern, I have no doubt that we will be back!

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Charlie C
August 29, 2021

Brilliant time renting 2 mountain bikes, great service and excellent hard tail mountain bikes, would highly recommend!

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Morten Thybo
April 14, 2022

Perfect experience renting a road bike from Vern, I can give my best recommendations for him

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Karl C
July 1, 2018

Great bike hire, stunning scenery!

Hired two bikes off Vern for the day and had a lovely time cycling around the Yorkshire dales. We collected the bikes around 11am and had a full day of cycling in the nearby countryside. The scenery was magnificent, especially in this gorgeous weather we've been having lately.

Vern was very helpful, providing us a map of the area as we had never been before and we were able to return the bikes later that day at a time that suited us. All in all a fantastic day out, highly recommended!

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James Taylor
May 29, 2023

Contacted Vern a few days before a planned trip to see friends in Otley hoping to get a ride in whilst visiting. He responded really quickly, was easy to communicate with and provided a great bike and all required kit for a days riding. Highly recommended.

Fantastic experience. Rented a brand new trek for 3 days. Really great service and affordable.

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Rachel Gooch
August 28, 2021

Such great service. We couldn't find a local hire shop with what we needed, but Vern delivered two perfect MTBs to us in Hellifield. He was very flexible and went out of his way to make sure we had what we needed. Very reasonable charge and we had a fantastic week, though my legs are properly tired now! Highly recommended.

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Mark
September 11, 2021

Great Bikes & Service

Hired bikes for the afternoon for 5 mates. Bikes were nearly new and exactly what we needed. Great route recommendations and general services. Highly recommended.

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christopher hamilton
February 18, 2020

This review is way overdue - but i want to say that Vern went out of his way (literally) to deliver the bike to me at Harogate Station and pick i up after my week of cycling. The bikes were in top condition, reasonably priced, and Vern helped us out with route planning too. Highly recommend.

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Jenifer Wallis
July 26, 2019

Incredible customer service, knowledgable, attentive and so helpful. Bike service handled professionally, diligently and speedily. Bike now runs super smooth and I'm super happy. Very highly recommended.

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Mark Woolford
June 23, 2022

Found Vern online and organised a bike hire from overseas. It was easily organised and once on holiday collected the bike with no issues. The bike was low spec but in good condition and well maintained. Vern was helpful and knowledgeable and I strongly recommend his services.

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STEVEN E
August 14, 2019

First class service

Booked to ride a sportive in Thirsk, N. York’s but was without a bike after an accident & left with little prospect of hiring a road bike to be able to take part. Then we found Vern on a web search. Spoke to him briefly over the phone and then completed everything by e mail and txt. Nothing was too much trouble for Vern who delivered the bike to me, fitted my pedals and all was good to go. Completed my sportive the following day and the bike was great to ride. I phoned Vern to see if I could change the day of return for the bike which was no trouble at all and I received a refund which was unexpected. Vern contacted me after dropping off the bike to say I had left a piece of personal equipment on the bike and would post to me which I received the following day. Overall very impressive service from Vern who was a pleasure to talk to who provides an excellent service. If you are in the Yorkshire area and fancy hiring bikes look no further than Vern Overton Cycling.

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Jas Pr
July 5, 2017

Really nice guy. Called me back after I left a message got my bike in and serviced quickly. I thoroughly recommend.

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Melora Purell
March 20, 2022

We rented two e-bikes from Vern for a circular route of about 45 miles. It was a glorious ride! The bikes were perfect for the up and down of this countryside. Vern got us all geared up and was available by phone for when we returned. A perfect day on excellent bikes!!

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David R
May 2, 2022

Weekend bike hire - all good.

We hired 2 x bikes for a weekend of cycling around Harrogate. The bikes were delivered to/collected from our hotel. Friendly service, good, well-maintained bikes. Perfect.

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Chris Kelly
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September 20, 2015

Thanks to Vern Overton Cycling for allowing me the use of a great bike for Hartlepool Big lime Triathlon. Great service. Will be using again

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David Newcombe
October 19, 2021

My girlfriend and I hired two hardtail mountain bikes from Vern, to explore Nidderdale. Vern was fantastic - flexible with pick up and drop off, provided us with a map and was really friendly. We rode out from the pick up point and past Gouthwaite reservoir and Scar House Reservoir. The bikes dealt with terrain effortlessly and we had a lovely day out, despite rain and wind. I would recommend getting the bikes dropped at a starting point, so as to minimize the time spent on roads. Cheers, Dave

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Grant G
August 7, 2018

All good

Hired a road bike of Vern for a week, everything worked out well and I would recommend him to others

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Vikki Camplejohn
April 21, 2024

Can’t fault Vern and his service. Myself and 5 friends were visiting Harrogate for the weekend. I contacted Vern about hiring bike. He got back to me really quickly answering all of my queries. He delivered our bikes to us at the accommodation.. super condition bikes.. they looked new. All had safety helmet and came with puncture repair kits. We were supplied with a possible route, bike locks and a pump. After a lovely day cycling in the rare sunshine we called Vern Knaresborough for a pick up in approx 40mins and we couldn’t have timed it better. Thank you very much 😊 We all would definitely recommend

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James Sutton
July 21, 2023

Went out his way to fix my bike. Such a nice and friendly guy with great knowledge on bikes. Can't thank you enough for the help!

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Mark M
June 1, 2018

Bike rental

Good service,would recommend if looking for a bike hire in beautiful Yorkshire. Will deliver bikes to accommodation.

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omar thune
April 23, 2024

Very good service and e-bikes. Vern Overton Cycling is highly recommended.