As Pakistan is transforming itself towards main-stream tourism more and
more people are looking for healthy and adventure activities,
challenging the stereo-types in our cities. And why not? Urban cycling
is fun, healthy and lets you see the cities in a new and interesting way.
For cycling devotees there is something interesting about cycling in Lahore. It's a city which is steeped in the heritage and culture nearly from 1000BC and has just about everything that Urban cyclists need. From narrow old streets, busy city roads, incredible vistas, courteous drivers, Mughal cuisine and of course the ‘Passionate community’
There are numerous ways to meet friends who love to ride. Next time you’re out on the trail and see another rider cruising alone, ask if he or she would like to do a lap with you
Even a simple errand may require you to carry something on your bike. Choose your best solution from Shahid Cycling Club for accessories
Daypack or messenger bag: For light loads and short
trips. Highly versatile. Goes where you go, with or without the bike.
Carry a patch kit . Learning to patch up your own flat tire can prevent you from being stranded in an unsafe or remote location
Adds Euro style and carrying capacity for a few items. A smaller
option for the front of the bike is a handlebar bag.
Rear rack and panniers or basket: For heavier loads over longer distances. Some panniers double as a shopping basket or shoulder bag. Best for commuters and committed urban cyclists.
Bring drinking water for longer rides. This is especially important if you’re mountain biking
Avoid long scarves and billowy skirts or long jackets, which can tangle in the rear wheel or brakes. On bikes without a chainguard, long pants can get caught up in the chain or get oil marks
If they are not tights, either roll up or tuck the pant leg into a
sock on the chain side, or secure with a rip-and-stick strap to
prevent the leg from flapping onto the chain
Shoes: No need for cycling shoes. Regular shoes are more versatile. A grippy sole will help keep your feet on the pedals. If you wear smooth-soled shoes, a strapless pedal toe clip will prevent your feet sliding forward.
Jacket: The discomforts of rain and wind can be lessened with a suitable wind or waterproof jacket. For serious wet weather protection, add rain pants and shoe covers.
As urban cycling becomes more popular, you'll find clothing that blends cycling function with city fashion. Stretchy wind resistant fabric, discrete reflective accents, and hidden roll-up pant tabs help you ride, work and play without looking like a spandex fashion modelread more
Special bike clothing is not required for most urban cycling. A long bike commute may warrant padded cycling shorts, but otherwise you can go with your fashion of choice provided it does not compromise your safety
The Fundamentals – Hand Signals – Hazard Recognition – Tips to Avoid Collisions. This is different to to ride in Lahore
Wear a bright jacket/top or white helmet. Equip your bike with front
and rear flashing safety lights, and use them at night and in gloomy
daylight conditions. For extra visibility, add spoke lights.
Be legal: To earn respect, show respect to other road users. Ride with traffic, not against it. Use bike lanes where available. Observe the road rules. Ride in single file. Ride on the street or in a bike lane, not on the sidewalk unless this is permitted. The sidewalk may feel safer, but you must stay alert for pedestrians and driveway traffic.
Be predictable: Don’t ride erratically or weave in and out of cars. Hand signal your turning intention before you enter the turn. Be courteous to other road users by not needlessly blocking lanes or impeding traffic flow, unless the safest action is to "take a lane." When riding with family or friends, focus on the traffic and not the chat
Bike riding is a spectacular way to stay fit and an increasingly popular way to get from place to place. Even the most casual neighborhood bike ride, however, has you traveling at relatively high speeds while exposed to the elements and to other vehicles—with no metal car frame to blunt the impact of a crash
Riding in city with an extremely rich food culture. People from Lahore are famous all over the country for their love for food. The city offers a vast variety of options when it comes to gastronomy. In recent times, the style of food has achieved popularity in a number of different countries, because of its palatable and milder taste, mainly through the Pakistani diaspora
It’s the time that you share with your friends – relaxed moments when you can tell each other everything you experienced. Lahore brunch places are always cute and welcoming. They also usually have mix of local food and good baristas, add a good coffee to it.
Bikes and accessories can be obtained on rent from Shahid Cycle Club, Neela Gumbad Lahore. Usually a reference is required to have advance reservation
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