It doesn’t matter if your two-wheeled steed is a fixie, foxy vintage number or a multi-speed racing machine, Melbourne is geared up to treat cyclists right. To get you on the road and keep you there, we’ve got you covered on where to buy ’em, fix ’em and ride ’em.
Don’t own a bike? Don’t sweat it; you can rent a ‘blue bike’ from one of 50 Melbourne Bike Share stations around the city. Get where you need to go while working off that latest dumpling feast.
Rentabike also offers wheels for hire from their base on Federation Wharf. Go it alone or sign up for their half-day photography workshop/bike tour and get snapping.
Borsari Cycles in Carlton has been operating since 1941 and can pair you up with a new bike to suit your needs. For a ‘just the two of us’ experience they’ll even rent you a tandem (just don’t wear matching outfits please).
So you’ve got your bike, where to from here? Projector Bike Friday Night Ride is a free event for film-lovers that runs on the last Friday night of every month. Cruise the city and stop off along the way to watch award-winning short films under the stars.
Get your smart phone in on the action with 1000 cities, a new game which turns the city into a mythic adventure. Download the app, get a blue bike and begin your mission.
Born to ride but also born to eat? Freddy’s Bicycle Tour takes you on a three-course tour around the city. Work off dessert on the ride home.
Put your legs to good use and take part in the MS Melbourne Cycle on 19 April 2015. This 30km or 50 km ride starts at Princes Park in Carlton and raises funds for people with multiple sclerosis.
If the unthinkable happens and your wheels hit the skids, there are plenty of friendly bike shops ready to help you get up and riding again. Pony Bikes in North Melbourne specialise in repairs, and can even serve you a coffee while you wait. Cecil Walker Cycles on Elizabeth Street sell new bikes but also have a fully functioning workshop to take care of your maintenance issues. Or for the ultimate in convenience, try Good Cycles, a mobile bicycle workshop that comes to you, and also supports people in the community who need a helping hand.
Don’t forget your helmet, and happy riding!
What are your cycling tips for enjoying Melbourne on two wheels?