You have had your bike with you for a few years and feel that it is high time you sold it to buy a new one or even get a car. Whatever your reasons for selling your bike, you need to make sure that you are approaching the right person. Give it to the wrong guy, and not only will you not get what you deserve for it, you have practically made sure that it won’t be taken care of. While you may not care too much about what happens to your bike after you sell it, you need to understand that it does affect the price you will be getting for your vehicle. If someone is going to treat your bike in a cavalier fashion, he/she probably does not understand its value and will try to pay as little as they can when buying it from you.
Durham has fantastic biking roads, an enthusiastic biker community and trustworthy dealers who are well connected to the biking crowd. If you go to the right place, you will get what your bike deserves and maybe even a better deal in exchange – and that’s no small potatoes. If you are planning to take one last trip on your bike before you sell it and want to make it special, here are some of the best roads to ride on near Durham.
1. Sunderland – Middleton in Teesdale – Lancaster – Blackpool – From Durham to Lancaster, this route is fantastic. It is chock full of some of the most breathtaking scenery and has a great selection of turns and twists for the adventurous biker. On top of all that, it is peppered with pubs and other great places to eat if you want to take a break during the ride. Once you reach Blackpool, you can kick off your boots and enjoy the laidback atmosphere and the seaside vistas. A weekend bike ride does not get any better than this.
2. The Beehive Road – Ride out from Durham to Earsdon on the A19 and you have a pleasant surprise waiting for you when you get there. If you, like many bikers, are a fan of twisty and rough country roads with hump back hills, this road is pretty much everything you would ever want. Be a little careful though as the hump road has sharp left once you reach the hill’s peak. You have a smashing little pub bang in the middle of the route to the left. Needless to say that the place is biker friendly. You will find a lot of like-minded riders who you can join for the rest of the journey.
3. Durham-Reeth-The Stang Ln-A66 – This route has a great mix of straight roads, long winding B roads, a great spot to stop at in the middle as well as a single carriage way to get back to the beginning of the road. Once you reach the A66, stick to the speed limit as many motorists have been clocked for going over the limit. This stretch is also likely to be busy with traffic, making it easier for you.
1. Bishop’s Mill – A Wetherspoon outlet with a leisurely atmosphere, this pub is situated close to the Gala theatre. The name of the place comes from the historic mill that was adjacent to the site for centuries. The mill was recorded way back in 1183 in the Boldon Book as the place where a freeman in Durham could come to grind his corn. It was rebuilt during the 17th century and stood at the site till 1972. The regular beers on the pub menu include Ruddles Best Bitter and Greene King Abbot. Apart from that, they have three changing beers.
2. John Duck – This is one of the most popular city center venues that offer cider and real ale. They have multiple screens for the big sporting events, Salsa dancing with lessons on Tuesdays, a pool table, open mic on Wednesdays and a quiz contest on Thursdays. They also have live music on Fridays and the weekends are lively and welcoming. They serve five changing beers and they also serve real cider. If you are looking for the complete package, this pub is it.
3. Woodman Inn – This traditional pub has an excellent lager selection along with 3 real ales. They also boast a great Spirit selection including malt whiskys and gins. With a dart board, pool table and many other games that you can choose from, you will hardly get bored when you are here. They also have many activities and drink/food offers throughout the week. On Saturdays, they have karaoke which is probably the best in the city. The pub boasts the largest beer garden in the city, and they have plans of extending it even further. They have a good snack range too from sausages and nachos to paninis and burgers.
4. Shakespeare Tavern – A regularly frequented pub in the city center situated close to the cathedral, the interior has a small bar and a large back lounge. Despite some of the more recent alterations, the place has maintained most of its character over the years. It is extremely popular with students and locals and they have folk music on the first and third Wednesday of every month. They serve two regular beers – Fuller’s London Pride and Caledonian Deuchars IPA. They also have two changing beers on the menu. If you are looking for a pub with a young and free vibe, this is it.
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