Cycle the City
Roll into Cleveland's Bike Scene
By Erin O'Brien, Image by Cody York
The booming bike culture in Cleveland is no secret. The region benefits from well-organized cycling groups, an abundance of local bike shops, several bike tour companies, accessible bike rental locations and an entire organization dedicated to bike advocacy.
Did we mention all the cool, off-the-beaten-path bike paths? Or, how about a public transportation system that supports cyclists, as well?
Here's an overview of how you can make the most of the city on two wheels.
Sharing is Caring
With 250 easy-riding SoBi bikes at 29 stations from Detroit Shoreway to University Circle, UH Bikes makes reserving a two-wheeler a snap courtesy of its Social Bicycles app. Affordable hourly, monthly, and annual plans - alongside accommodations for out-of-hub docking - offer flexibility for locals and visitors alike.
Downtown Bike Hub
All things for the cycling commuter come together in downtown's Gateway District at The Bike Rack. Passholders enjoy secure bike parking, lockers, and showers with towels and amenities - not to mention access to rentals and repairs. Round it out with a free information center and outdoor bike rack.
Meanwhile ... in Ohio City
Image by Cody York
Social rides, scavenger hunts, and festivals help Ohio City Bike Co-Op connect people to the local cycling scene year-round. Bike recycling and safety/repair education all roll out in their funky shop in the Flats. Pro tip: earn a gently used bike by logging volunteer hours.
Long Train Running
Image by Larry Highbaugh Jr.
Love trains and two-wheeled transport? Have it both ways with Bike Aboard: head south by bike, then make the return trip on the historic Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad as you explore Ohio's legendary Towpath Trail. For just $5, travelers can go up to 26 miles one way on the train with plenty of stops to customize the trip.
Join 100-500 new friends as you collectively cycle around the city to a brewery or bar on the last Friday of each month. Critical Mass is a great way to explore Cleveland, meet new cycling buds and tip back a few tasty suds.
Tour de Cleveland
Level-up your average walking tour of Cleveland with a swift, wind-in-your-hair bicycle ride through Downtown Cleveland or Ohio City. Pedal up to five miles with Cleveland Bike Tours. They provide the bikes, helmets and tour guiding along the way.
MTB & MTX
Open October through April, Ray's MTB Indoor Bike Park offers MTB and MBX courses geared at all levels of difficulty. Worried you won't have a shred of dignity left after trying your hand at riding? Check out the "1st Timer Deals" or take advantage of the free intro lessons offered every Saturday morning. The helmet hair is totally worth it.
Off to the Races
Not to brag, but Cleveland plays host to the nation's largest urban cycling festival: NEOCycle. Held Sept. 7-9, this year's installment promises a slew of races, BMX shows, Ultimate Air Dogs, music and a night ride - plus a healthy helping of local food and drink.
Where in the World?
Image by Cody York
NEOCycle: A Biking & Beach Party
Want to experience the nation's largest urban cycling fest featuring a velodrome race, cyclocross, fundo and even a night ride? Register now for NEOCycle happening Sept. 7-9, 2018.
But it's not all padded bike shorts and helmet hair. After you're done burning all those calories, head straight to Edgewater Beach for a NEOCycle beach party with bands and beer. Learn more.