10 of the best cycling forums

Cyclists like connecting with fellow cyclists, whether it’s at cycling events, through bike clubs or on online forums. I’ve picked out a list of the best cycling forums here that I’ve found. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments.

CTC Forum

http://forum.ctc.org.uk/

CTC Forum Screenshot

This is a great, laid-back forum that beginner cyclists will find especially helpful. Get answers to your questions without a lot of technical jargon common among more experienced cyclists. If you have technical questions you can get simple answers from helpful moderators and forum users eager to answer new cyclist questions. If you’re looking for a friendly group of people who won’t make you feel ignorant for your lack of cycling knowledge, CTC Forum will make you feel right at home.

LFGSS

http://www.lfgss.com/ 

LFGSS Forum screenshot

It would be a mouthful for this forum to be aptly titled, London Fixed-gear and Single-speed forum, hence LFGSS. This excellent online community is a great place to chat about the best bike shops in London, find out about cycling events and buy and sell used parts and bike builds. For events such as the Dunwich Dynamo the forum normally organises a coach and names go down on a list. You’ll need to take some time to acquaint yourself with this cycling forum as it does have it’s own set of rules and characters but once you’d do it’s a great community to be part of.

Boris Bikes

http://borisbikes.org/

Boris Bike forum screenshot

Although not quite as active as other forums, this forum is a great place to chat about cycle hire bikes and cycling in London. Launched back when the cycle hire scheme first kicked off, Boris Bikes can help you find out where cycling events are taking place, where to get your bike fixed for cheap or where to hook up with other cyclists at your level.

Reddit UK Bike

http://www.reddit.com/r/ukbike/

If you’re looking for a truly interactive cycling forum, this is probably it. You can find tons of cool stories about wipeouts, run-ins with motorists, budget bicycle trips as well as basic opinion pieces and standard cyclist info. You can find links to even more cycling information and connect with local cyclists for information on repairs, used parts and alternative bike events. If you find that just isn’t enough for you and you want cycle information that isn’t limited to the UK, check out Reddit Bicycling forum.

Bicycle Stack Exchange

http://bicycles.stackexchange.com/

Bicycle Stack Exchange forum is a great source of information because of its question and answer style format. You can search for questions posed that you need answered or post your own question (or answer) and find out exactly what you need to know. This cycling forum is for all types of cyclists, whether you train, commute or simply want to be able to repair or build your own bicycle.

Bike Forums

http://www.bikeforums.net/forum.php

This is one of the most active cycling forums out there. I often look through its archives when I’ve got any maintenance or cycling questions.

Bicycling Magazine Forums

http://forums.bicycling.com/eve

This is one of the best cycling forums because of the sheer amount of information available. Regardless of your experience as a cyclist you can get beginner information, maintenance repair tips and even cycling nutrition, fitness and training tips. This bicycling forum provides information on cycling events but also help for bicycle advocacy that gives you tips on getting bike lanes and more places to lock up your bike.

Road Cycling UK

http://forums.roadcyclinguk.com/

Road cyclists looking for advice from experienced riders or simply looking to connect with other road cyclists will find Road Cycling UK a great forum. Get advice on long distance trips, what to pack for long trips and the best places for road cyclists. Ask questions about anything you like and friendly RCUK cyclists will give you the answers you need.

BikeRadar

http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/

BikeRadar is a great cycling forum for all types of cyclist—road cycling, mountain biking and family cycling—regardless of experience. Ask questions and find information about recreational cycling, races, training and bike routes. Get information on what type of bicycle to buy, accessories you’ll need and what a repair kit should contain.

PinkBike

http://www.pinkbike.com/forum/

If you don’t want to wade through questions from road cyclists or racers and you only want to know about mountain biking, consider PinkBike as your cycling forum of choice. Get tips on what type of mountain bike to purchase, how to perform certain tricks and techniques or swap information with fellow vintage bike collectors. Although these are serious mountain bikers, they are more than willing to offer advice on all things related mountain biking.

Note: We know this isn’t a complete list of all the forums out there, it’s just a selection. Let us know your suggestions in the comments!

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11 Responses to 10 of the best cycling forums

  1. Nick 19/06/2013 at 9:17 am #

    http://www.wheelsuckers.cc is my favourite.

    One of the reasons i use wheelsuckers is because of its forum but it offers much more and is also building a community via sharing experiences, knowledge and helping people get together for rides in their local area. I use wheelsuckers for sharing photos, videos and i use their blogging facilities.
    wheelsuckers strap line is “The social network for road cyclists”, it works for me!

  2. Ron 19/06/2013 at 9:24 am #

    You missed cyclechat.net which has a huge following, probably bigger than ctc (I’m a member of both).

  3. Andy 19/06/2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Singletrack Mountain Bike magazine has one of the biggest online forums for all things mtbing too. Just don’t mention 650b wheels or Orange Fives and you’ll be alright ;-P

  4. euk 20/06/2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Another thumbs up for CycleChat.

  5. euk 20/06/2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Oh.. and let’s not forget YACF

    • Liam 21/06/2013 at 12:10 pm #

      Massive fan of YACF – takes pride in being down to earth….

      And the home of chat about Audax rides (the social low cost way to ride silly distances).

      Liam

  6. coney 21/06/2013 at 11:36 am #

    http://www.essexhertsmtb.co.uk/forum.html

    good forum used by a friendly bunch of MTBers who set up beginner, intermediate and advanced trips around London, Wales and the UK. Come ride.

  7. Fern 21/06/2013 at 12:04 pm #

    If you have, or are thinking of getting a Brompton this is the best technical support group

    http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/BromptonTalk/

  8. Neil 21/06/2013 at 12:41 pm #

    CycleChat, mostly the Commuting section :)

  9. simon 06/11/2013 at 11:14 am #

    WARNING!
    There is a woman on BBC Radio London called Kate Garraway, who this morning was calling for cyclist to be licensed and or pay some kind of road tax!
    It appears that there is a push on to cash in on cyclists and to take away yet another of our basic freedoms. Everyone is responsible for their own actions and charging us all will not prevent cars or lorries hitting us. These people have had their privileges while growing up and want to bang the door shut on future generations. The people who are pushing for these measures appear to think everyone is as well off as they are and therefore must presume that we can all afford these charges. If some of us were that well off maybe we could afford the over inflated cost of getting a driving license and would not be riding a bike in the first place.
    When the people who make these comments are too afraid to confront other more important issues they look for other people to pick their petty arguments with, making bigoted comments like ‘they all jump red lights’ . If it is their mindset to generalise about cyclists and tar them with the same brush ,surely they must adopt the same way of thinking about other sections of society, the same thought process behind being sexist or racist.
    Watch out cyclists! there is something other than a lorry coming our way and it will mean an end to what little freedom we have left.

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