ByCycle organises and leads a series of gentle paced cycle rides, about 10 mph, mainly in Perthshire throughout the year. As far as possible they follow quiet scenic roads, cycle paths and, occasionally, tracks. All are welcome to join these FREE rides and no-one gets dropped off. All that we ask is that you have a reasonably maintained bike and that, after you have enjoyed one or two rides, you join ByCycle (details here) so that you are covered by our Public Liability Insurance.
Wednesday Summer Rides
Each Wednesday evening through the summer months (in 2017, April 26th - August 23rd) ByCycle leads short rides within Perthshire. These easy rides usually last for an hour and a half and cover 10/15 miles, often finishing with a relaxing drink at a local hostelry. They regularly use tracks to complete a circular route, so are not appropriate for skinny tyres. Climb is low to moderate. All are welcome to come; just turn up at your chosen venue with an appropriate bike in reasonable condition. Don’t forget to bring a spare inner tube in case of a puncture.
Rides for 2017 have now finished but you can still get a flavour of them by looking up ByCycle Wednesdays 2017 for summary details/ locations and Routes for maps, etc. Our schedule for 2018 will be available soon after Christmas.
Third Sunday Rides
Third Sunday Rides are mainly between 35-45 miles taken at a gentle 10 miles per hour with a bar or cafe lunch. They usually start from Bell's Sports Centre on Perth's North Inch at 10 am and finish there about 4 pm. The routes are advertised by email usually on the Wednesday before the ride. To be included on this email and/or for further details, please contact Mike Simm (Vice chair) on firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome to join us on these rides but we would ask that you join ByCycle after you have enjoyed one or two so that you are covered by our Public Liability Insurance.
Each August our third Sunday ride is a very special one. We hire coaches and a furniture van to transport riders and their bike to a venue that we cannot reach on our normal circular rides. Riders then make their way back to Perth on a recommended route. Dropoff venues that have been used in the past include Kenmore, Kinloch Rannoch and Dalwhinnie. At the end of ride there is a celebration at Bell’s Sports Centre with tea and cakes and presentation of certificates.
The 2017 Special ride was from Callander. A 55 mile trip in excellent weather conditions and through some magnificent Scottish scenery. A rider's report can be found [here]
Or why not give yourself a treat and relive Colin Boag's YOUTUBE account of our third ride from Kenmore in 2015.
ByCycle uses free MAPOMETER software to draw and share ride routes.
How to use Mapometer and how to use the Perth and Kinross Council Interactive Core Path Network
- Use Mapometer to draw your route [ click here for Route drawing Software instructions]
- Save and name your route using clear geographical description e.g. Dunkeld circular via Ballinluig and Dalguise
- Add Mike Simm to your Mapometer contacts and email to him - email@example.com
- Mike needs to know if the route is ByCycle Wednesdays, 3rd Sunday, August Challenge or Summer Sunday (all ByCycle routes) or if it’s “another” ride it should go under Members’ routes
Have fun reading and riding!
For a useful list of paper maps [click here]