Cycling for Fun in Adelaide

Cycling for Fun in Adelaide


Posted 2016-11-18 by Dave Walshfollow

South Australia has a plethora of parks, reserves and recreational green spaces that we can enjoy, from the Adelaide Hills across to our beautiful beaches. One of the difficulties I find is that there just isn't enough time to see them all, but cycling for fun in Adelaide makes seeing them much easier.

Many adults lose interest in cycling as they get older, perhaps thinking that a ride to work is enough. But social cycling groups in Adelaide are becoming increasingly popular as people recognise the many health benefits of cycling. As well as keeping fit, riding in a group is more interesting because of the increased social interaction.

While younger people often prefer exploring mountain bike trails to test their skills and stamina, mature people over 50 are discovering that social cycling can maintain fitness and good health. Whatever your age, cycling in Adelaide with some mates is fun, and a great way to maintain friendships and meet new people. If you have put on a few extra kilos during the cooler months, cycling for weight loss is so much more fun (and cheaper) than hanging around in a gym.

Cycling for Fun North of Adelaide
The leading Council promoting social cycling groups in Adelaide is the City of Salibury, which hosts the Cycle Salisbury Social Rides program in partnership with BikeSA. Salisbury has some 77km of awesome picturesque trails in parks and wetlands for us to enjoy free of charge. These shared use trails are suitable for walking or cycling, and Cycle Salisbury holds frequent social rides along the scenic Little Para River Trail , Dry Creek Trail and Cobbler Creek trails. After these social rides the cyclists usually stop for refreshments somewhere nice to have a coffee and chat.

The Cycle Salisbury social rides are short distance and low difficulty, and easy to join. No booking is required but kids must be accompanied by an adult - just show up at the advertised start point, and your BikeSA trained leader will show you the benefits of cycling. Note that the social rides on trails are best suited to hybrid bikes or mountain bikes, rather than narrow wheeled road cycles.

If you can't wait to try out your mountain bikes, the City of Salisbury has also recently opened the Cobbler Creek Mountain Bike Park which is also suitable for BMX bikes, trainer bikes, and scooters. It's exciting fun for kids and families, but a bit more strenuous than the social rides.

The innovative Cycle Salisbury program has demonstrated many benefits of cycling for fun. Lots of the social bike riders have posted about how happy they were to take part - check out their comments to see why. You can also find out what's on by following Cycle Salisbury Social Rides on Facebook.

Cycling in Adelaide CBD
Adelaide City Council is keen to promote the benefits of cycling, with free bike hire , cycling trails around the city and in the parklands , and Active Ambassador Keith Conlon leading regular social cycling groups in Adelaide. If you're nervous in traffic then try the Frome Bikeway for a more pleasant riding experience.

Cycling for Fun South of Adelaide
There are many cycling trails south of Adelaide and some of the best are in the City of Mitcham. The Craigburn Farm trails are varied with different levels of difficulty, usually busy on weekends with lots of mountain bikes, and the riders are a friendly bunch.

There are also bike tracks in the Sleeps Hill Quarry Reserve , and Shepherds Hill Recreation Reserve has cycling trails to suit all ages. People who are cycling for weight loss will find plenty of challenging places to ride that are interesting to see too.

Road cycling in the Adelaide Hills is also very popular, with large groups of riders heading up to Eagle on the Hill to keep fit. You will find many other cycling events in Adelaide are listed here .

We haven't found any council south of Adelaide that offers a social cycling program like Salisbury's - if you know of one, please let us know in the comments.

Other Social Cycling Groups in Adelaide
Cycling for fun is so much better with other people, and there are plenty of groups who welcome new riders to join them. BikeSA have a free rides program that you can browse online, and Meetup has a very active Adelaide Recreational Cyclists group with many cycling events in Adelaide.

You'll find a comprehensive list of cycling groups on the Adelaide Cyclists website , and a more specialist list of cycling clubs on Clubs of Australia . Over 50 or retired cyclists are catered for here .

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