Got a bike and want to know where to ride? Try these six clubs
Time Out Dubai staff
Fishtail Rides Sightsee by registering for a Fishtail Ride – cycling tours that explore various areas of the city. This is a great way to see Dubai and meet new people while getting some exercise on one of their colourful, single-gear bikes. Places aren’t guaranteed, and successful applicants are notified prior to each ride with location details. www.facebook.com/fishtailrides
Byky European-style bike hire service Byky is an easy way to rent a bicycle for city travel. Registering online is a breeze and hundreds have already signed up: a US$1 (Dhs3.67)fee is deducted from your credit card, an SMS with a PIN number is sent to your phone, and you’re ready to go. Head down to one of the rental stations and enter your mobile number, PIN number and the number of the bike you’re taking into the machine to see it magically released from the holding rack. You’ll get a four digit code for the bike lock and that’s it – you’re ready to explore Dubai on two wheels. From Dhs15 for 30 minutes (deducted from your online account). Various locations including Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim, www.bykystations.com.
Revolution Nights Cycle around Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park and Dubai Autodrome on Monday and Wednesday evenings with Revolution Cycles. Open to all abilities, these nights are ideal for cycling as a family with small children as they offer the easy terrain of road cycling without the worry of traffic. Free. Mondays, 7pm, Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park, opposite The Meydan; Wednesdays, 7pm, Dubai Autodrome, Motor City. Open to all abilities, lights are advisable. www.rcdxb.com (04 369 7441).
Dubai Roadsters Organised and managed by Wolfi’s Bike Shop, the longest running bike shop in the city. This group caters for all abilities, from newbies right through to advanced level cyclists and organises weekly rides, training sessions and trips abroad for its members. The weekly rides take routes around Nad Al Sheba and out to Al Awir. Joining this group is free but regular riders will be asked for a small donation to help support the follow cars and safety equipment. Riders will need to have a road bike, a helmet and lights, and fitness appropriate to the pace group you choose to join. Free to new members. Sunday and Tuesday nights, at 7.30pm for beginners and 6pm for all, and Friday mornings at 6am. All groups meet at the Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park. www.dubairoadsters.ae (04 339 4453). Wolfi’s Bike Shop, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz. www.wbs.ae (04 339 4453).
Off the beaten track
Hot Cog Experienced mountain bikers should check out Hot Cog, a group of regular riders who head out to Shawka in Ras Al Khaimah every week to pedal through the region’s rocky terrain. The cyclists started as a bunch of expats who just wanted to get together and cycle in Dubai, but the emirate’s distinct lack of mountains, coupled with some crazy motoring on the roads, made the group look further afield for challenges. But be warned, this is no easy weekend ride, the routes are tough and a high-level of fitness, endurance and technical off-road experience is needed to take part. www.hot-cog.com (056 170 8087)
KOM MTB This group of enthusiastic riders is perfect to join if you’re new to mountain biking. They have a friendly, laidback and social approach to their rides and head out on the trails around Shawka every week as well as organising other activities, like camping, throughout the year. www.kom-mtb.com
The Cycle Hub This bike shop holds a variety of weekly group rides both on and off-road. Bikes are also available to loan and the shop has its own full organic Paleo bistro for refuelling post-workout. The Cycle Hub, Motor City. www.thecyclehub.com (04 425 6555).
Created to make cycling enjoyable and accessible, Pedago electric bikes are fitted with electric motors that can be engaged via throttle when needed to assist with pedalling – particularly useful for cycling up hill, in strong headwinds and over longer distances, or if your ability to cycle is hindered by health reasons such a knee problems or ageing. Five models are available including the ‘City Commuter’, which means you can turn your daily commute into an easy workout without the worry of arriving at the office resembling a sweaty tomato: simply engage the throttle for a little extra push. If scenic cycling is more your bag, but you lack the experience for rigorous off-roading, the ‘Trail Tracker’ model is a heavy-duty bike specially designed to assist with carrying riders up mountain paths. Pedago bikes offer a fun way to start getting fit that allows you to gradually build up fitness levels at a leisurely pace. From Dhs10,200. Bin Hadher Trading, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, www.pedagoelectricbikes.com (050 919 1371).