Where to buy a bike and meet fellow cyclists in Dubai
Time Out Dubai staff
Adventure HQ This outdoor retail specialist offers a wide range of cycling products and bikes including Merida and BMC. A bike repair shop is situated in store, along with mountain and road bike rentals. Adventure HQ also sponsors Team BMC UAE. Open Sat-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Fri 10am-midnight. Times Square Center, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.adventurehq.ae (04 346 6824).
This European-style bike hire service is a good option if you want to do some cycling but aren’t competitive about it. Just register online, head down to one of the various rental stations and get pedalling. From Dhs15 for 30 minutes (which is deducted from your online account). Various locations including Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina, www.bykystations.com.
Cycle Safe Dubai
Cyclists nervous of Dubai’s busy roads will be pleased to know that every Wednesday, Dubai Autodrome is cleared of cars and motorbikes to make way for cyclists, joggers and even the odd rollerblader. For details, check out the Cycle Safe Dubai website. www.cyclesafedubai.com.
Dubai Roadsters These enthusiasts are serious about cycling. Events include weekly rides and training rides as well as tours through the desert and trips through the mountains of the UAE. There’s also the occasional competitive race. Details can be found on the Roadsters’ website. Weekly ride Fri 6am at Nad Al Sheba Cycle Park. Call to confirm time. www.dubairoadsters.com (04 339 4453).