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    Road Cycling Hong Kong Island

    Hi,
    Have been recently thinking to try biking in Hong Kong island. I'm not fast or experienced and during the week I don't have too much spare time - only evenings. I live in Causeway bay and I'm available for short training - casual rides around the happy valley sports ground, or if planning - during evenings - Wanchai gap - Aberdeen and even the Peak. In the weekends we can try further New Territories - Tai Mei Tuk - Fo Tan, Pat Sin Leng.
    Im looking for buddies who might want to join this for fun and casual ride as healthy exercise. Experienced bikers are welcomed as well, and maybe we can put together for a nice group of people into this.


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    is it safe for an inexperienced rider to ride in hk island which is rammed with careless/arrogant drivers?


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    I've seen cyclists riding around HK island, but I personally wouldn't recommend it unless you are experienced and now how to dodge the traffic well.

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    Make sure you check the organ donor box on your license :P

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    Riding up to the peak at night time seems pretty common and safe, and I've seen groups of relatively inexperienced riders do it. Just make sure you have honking big lights so that cars can see you.

    There seem to be loads of internet-based groups out there for cycling. Something like this might be useful: http://www.meetup.com/Definitive-Cycling-Club/

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    Evenings, go hiking instead : http://www.meetup.com/hongkonghikingmeetup/

    Weekends, there are many trails in HongKong but even more up in China.
    This outfit is well run and very reasonably priced:
    http://www.hkcta.org.hk/


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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs:
    Evenings, go hiking instead : http://www.meetup.com/hongkonghikingmeetup/

    Weekends, there are many trails in HongKong but even more up in China.
    This outfit is well run and very reasonably priced:
    http://www.hkcta.org.hk/
    The OP didn't mention anything about hiking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenwen:
    it's the geo default answer to every question:
    What would you recommend for someone who is not experienced but wants to get some exercise? Hiking is accessible, free and good for you.
    Want to cycle on HK Island? Go hiking
    I'm experienced and have ridden all my life. I ride on the trails regularly and also in China. I would not recommend riding on the Island at anytime. At best of times, there are too many cars that dont pay attention, at worst of times you get irresponsible racers.

    Having seen 2 of my friends land themselves in Queen Mary hospital after cycling mishaps thru no fault of their own, I've formed a strong opinion that cycling on the island is not a good idea, especially for someone without tremendous amount of experience.

    Save the biking for the weekends. Bike paths are plenty in NT and if thats not enough, Guangdong province has hundreds of miles of paths and village roads suitable for biking.
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    I'd add that Geo hasn't proven to be a useful place to arrange beginner riding groups. I've seen it happen exactly once.

    I've also taken two people riding through Geo, and as a result have stopped taking out internet strangers who are new to the sport. One guy was really fit, but the other was a whining ponce who I almost had to arrange a med-evac for out on Lantau after he almost succumbed to heat exhaustion. Experienced riders are going to have riding friends already, or they're going to be pretty happy riding solo.

    Joining one of the pre-existing social groups for riding would be much more fruitful than trying to form a group here, if only because it'd avoid a lot of the sarcasm and bickering that's associated with cycling threads.

    Last edited by jgl; 07-04-2014 at 06:14 PM.

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    who is this moderator who keeps deleting comments on whim?

    calls himself an editor


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