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Published November 17th 2016
How to save money and keep fit
Go Cycling for Fun With Cycle Salisbury Social Rides (Image Supplied)
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.
Enjoy the Benefits of Cycling the Little Para River Trail at Carisbrook Reserve
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.
Social Cycling Groups in South Australia: Cycle Salisbury (Image Supplied)
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 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.
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.
Great article that covers all aspects of a great pastime. I cycle for fun and fitness and the social side of it and after 2 years I'm still discovering beautiful new trails to ride.
Take the first step, Cycle Salisbury is a great group of people with rides of different levels.