When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Scientific American, 1896

Would you like to discover a little of Bristol’s colourful past, or learn of its longer term future, from its parks and greenways to buildings and public artworks? Or are you passionate about campaigning, and want to explore new routes and infrastructure debating topics on the way like ‘a car-free City Centre’ and ‘20’s Plenty’? Do you want to shed those calories, shape-up and get a healthy modern lifestyle? Or do you crave the sociability of like-minded souls, and empathise with the adrenalin surge that cycling can give you?

See Diary page for future rides

BCyC rides are open to all types of cyclist, young and old, athletic or disabled, from slow urbanites to fast racers. We are sociable folk, and always welcome new members and old faces alike. We often run shorter Rides under our Discover Bristol theme that are gentle paced so that the whole family can enjoy exploring our fair City.

Join our Rides, and be a part of Bristol’s dynamic and fast-growing cycling culture! See our Diary page for a full listing of all of our rides, meetings and other events. Most rides start from outside the Arnolifini on the Pero’s Bridge side, but check details of each ride. There’s also contact details for the ride leader for any questions you may have. Click here for a map of all the main staring points.

Recent posts about rides (click for full list)

  • An autumnal feast of Rides for October

    We present an array of urban-themed rides and countryside jaunts of largely easy grade to suit the shorter and cooler days. We track down several city centre sites that are scheduled for development, and go in search of a local nature reserve rich in history and biodiversity. A popular sociable ride to fast expanding Portishead, a woodland meander to the picturesque Tyntesfield estate, and a cloak-and-dagger escapade to hear of unsolved murders are all on

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  • Bristol Cycling: Rides for Sept 2017

    Here’s what we’ve got planned for September 2017. Download the poster here BCyC 2017 09 Sept A4 poster Sun 3 – Life Cycle ‘Bike Minded’ and ‘Over 55s’ Ride Meet 10-45am for a prompt 11-00am start at the centre of Queen Square BS1 4QS. Not a BCyC Ride, we are supporting and ‘guest hosting’ the ride Art in the Public Realm for Lifecycle UK. You will need to register for the ride (maximum 15 people) by

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  • Festival fever hits Bristol

    We're getting very excited about the 2017 Bristol Cycle Festival. Their new website has launched with all the details of the 50+ events, including our five Discover Bristol rides on each weekday. Please see our What's on page for details and any late changes. The Festival will also feature the famous Carnivelo and Peaceful Portway on Sunday 17th. This is the UK's only cycle carnival and this years theme is Monstrous Creatures & Mythical Beasts.

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  • A pannier full of summer rides this August

    This August we have rides to interest everybody, some easy paced and others more adventurous, from idyllic Castle Combe, to supporting the massively popular Bristol's Biggest Bike Ride, now known as City Ride Bristol.We also pedal off in search of the scenic viewpoints of East Bristol, and for the connoisseurs of art we have a ride around Stoke Park sculpture trail. For more details of our rides please go to our What's on page. Click

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  • Bristol Cycling: Rides for July 2017

    Here's what we've got planned for July 2017. BCyC rides are open to all types of cyclist, young and old, athletic or disabled, from slow urbanites to fast racers. We are sociable folk, and always welcome new members and old faces alike. See our Diary page for a full listing of all of our past, present, and future rides, also meetings and other events. Most rides start from outside the Arnolifini on the Pero’s Bridge

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  • Bristol Cycling leading cycling trip to London - Easter Bank Holiday weekend

    Most weekends Bristol Cycling lead a friendly ride around the city but this Easter we have arranged something special. We have organised 3 days of riding around the capital to see and experience for ourselves some of the new (and some not so new) cycling infrastructure in place around the city of London. The weekend aims to be sociable, informative and fun, exploring some great trails, new cycling infrastructure, and points of interest. The shorter

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  • Nostalgia Photo Quiz and Ride

    Here's a bit of seasonal fun for you. Can you guess the location of the building or site by street name and area? You are welcome to have a go from the comfort of your hearth and home. Why not also join us on the associated ride on January 22nd 2017 where all will be revealed. A prize of around £35 will go to either the first set of fully correct locations, or the highest

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  • Cafes list - top tips for day rides

    We are often asked for our tips on good local cafés to visit for day rides out of Bristol, and so we have put together this little list of ten favourites from members’ suggestions. They make ideal rides out if you are looking for a short or long adventure on the saddle. We suggest checking they are open beforehand and using Cyclestreets.net, our favourite route planner, or Google to determine your best route. In no

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