I’ve been getting a few emails lately that go along the lines of:
“Oh holy Andreas, with your infinite cycling wisdom, how do I go about finding more people to cycle with?”
Personally, I enjoy going out for a ride with a friend. It combines a good catch up with exercise and enjoyment of the great outdoors as well as seeing places I’ve never previously visited. (Cue promotion for my London Cycle Routes eBook).
One of the friends I occasionally cycle with, I’ve known since school and the other I met when I moved to London through meetup.com. The one enjoys a bit of a moan (“could you have taken me on a ride with any more hills?”) and the other is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met (“Riding 120 miles in the dark is amazing”).
So how can you meet up with people you’ll get along with and share a mutual love of cycling?
Join a cycling club
The obvious is to join a cycling club. That of course isn’t for everyone. There’s also..
Your local cycling campaign group
Take a look on http://lcc.org.uk/pages/in-your-area and see if your local group is organising any rides. Camden cyclists organise more rides than I could ever go on.
Getting involved in cycling forums such as lfgss.com can foster good relationships on the forums that can be taken into real life when meet ups are organised.
Go to where the cyclists are
London is full of great cycling events. The Bicycle Film Festival and the Hackney Bicycle Film Society are two I can think of off the top of my head that could be a good chance to meet fellow cyclists. Just go along with an open mind and start chatting to people. Of course there’s also the London Naked bike ride which could make for interesting conversations..
Tap into your none cycling friends
Running londoncyclist.co.uk I’ve seen plenty of my friends get sucked into the cycling world. Now I’ve got a larger pool of people I can suggest a ride with on the weekend. Find a friend who’s on the fence about getting a bike and push them over. Metaphorically speaking of course.
I met one of my cycling buddies through meetup.com at the London Bloggers Meetup (I also won a laptop there once – but that’s another story). Just search for Cycling in London and you’ll see plenty of groups.
Over to the commenters..
How did you meet the people you cycle with?