If you're looking for more outdoorsy activities instead of indoor hobbies like calligraphy or watercolour painting, join these cycling clubs in KL and PJ. From fixed gear wheels to fun rides with edge, you'll be whizzing your way through the city in no time.
Whiz about the city at night on fixed gear bikes with PJ-based cycling group Ops. First formed by a few friends in 2011, Ops has opened up to a wider group of people, including non-bike owners who can rent one via the oBike ride-sharing service at Ops’s meet-up point, The One Academy.
Routes aren’t fixed; based on the riders of the session, the group decides which course to take as well as which restaurant they’ll have supper at after a night of cycling (expect to have tong sui from SS2’s Restoran KTZ or A&W opposite AmCorp Mall). They do, however, have a few usual routes that take them along the KESAS Highway bike lane and the PJ and Bangsar areas. When the city gets too stifling, the group goes for long distance weekend rides to Port Dickson, Sekinchan and Taiping.
Every fortnight on Thursday at 8.30pm; meet-up point, The One Academy, PJ. To join, message the group at fb.com/opsdopsdo.
Wheel your bike into this group if you’re more of a fun-ride cyclist; the Bangsar group has been riding since 2014, and welcomes newbies with open arms. While there aren’t any arduous obstacles, the usual 25-30km route still throws in a few (easy) hills for a bit of a challenge. To join, just turn up on your bike with bright lights and a helmet, as well as a spare tyre tube and pump in case of possible punctures. You’ll find out the exact route from the lead rider on the night itself, but expect to cycle from Bangsar to KLCC and then back to Bangsar, weaving in between Brickfields, Jalan Raja Chulan, Dataran Merdeka and more.
Every Tuesday at 8pm (rides start at 8.15pm sharp); meet-up point, Rodalink Bangsar, KL. For ride updates, check fb.com/groups/bcgbcg.
The KRCG is a big cycling group with over 900 members who are passionate about their wheels and where they take them. Get in touch if you’re interested in the 30-40km Bukit Tunku loop, serious about tackling steep routes dotted with hills, or if your regular neighbourhood sprints just don’t cut it anymore. After a few weeks, you’ll come out a fitter person with a fuller social calendar as the group frequently meets other cycling groups. Rides usually end with supper at Kedai Mamak Anuja in Taman Jinjang Baru, which means more time to nerd out on bikes and trails.
Leisure rides, Tuesdays, 8pm; training rides, 7.30pm; meet-up points for both, Kedai Mamak Anuja, Kepong. For ride updates, check the KRCG’s Facebook group page.