As I stared into space like a zombie while walking on the treadmill at the gym the other night, I thought to myself there has to be a more entertaining way to get fit – and there is!

Cycling has becoming more and more popular over the years with bikeways, paths and infrastructure being built all around Brisbane to encourage more people to get out and about.

Owner of Cyc’d for Bikes, Jaaron Poad says cycling is the newest fitness trend.

“It’s pretty much the new golf,” he says.

“Golf was the big thing to do about 10 years ago, but now more people are going out and cycling.”

“It’s a great way to get fit and at this time of year you can definitely work off that Christmas cheer.”

Jaaron says Brisbane offers a large range of bike paths for experienced and amateur cyclists.

“The weather here in Brisbane is great for cycling and Brisbane City Council are spending a lot of money on improving existing bike paths and creating new ones,” he says.

“On a Saturday and Sunday morning there are thousands of people out and about riding bikes around the city – you should get out there too!”

In saying that, here’s Jaaron’s list of Brisbane’s best bike trails and paths for you to conquer.

Wynnum-Manly Foreshore

One of the most popular bike trails is the Wynnum-Manly Foreshore ride along the waterfront at Wynnum.

Commencing at Waterloo Esplanade, this 10 kilometre return trip will take you along the shoreline past beautiful parks and beaches, Wynnum’s Wading Pool and Pier and all the way through to the Manly marinas.

On the ride, enjoy spectacular views out to Moreton Bay and St Helena Island. There are also plenty of kid’s playgrounds, cafes, restaurants and BBQs areas along the way, if you feel like stopping for a break.

Brisbane River Loop

The Brisbane River Loop is one of Brisbane’s most well-known rides, with over 35 kilometres of bike ways and paths taking cyclists through Brisbane’s riverside suburbs.

There are many variations to this ride, but most people start and end their ride at South Bank.

The full ride follows the gentle curves of the Brisbane River from South Bank through to Toowong, St Lucia, Indooroopilly and Chelmer, Graceville, Tennyson, Yeronga, Dutton Park, Highgate Hill, then through to West End and back to South Bank.

Enjoy spectacular views of the Brisbane River and a cool river breeze as you ride along the path.

You’ll probably want a refreshing drink and a delicious meal after all that riding – don’t worry, there are heaps of riverside restaurants and cafes along the way!

New Farm Trail

Starting in the trendy area of Teneriffe and following the river down to the Brisbane Powerhouse and New Farm Park, the New Farm Trail really is up there as one of the most beautiful rides.

Stop for breakfast or a spot of lunch (if you’re not an early riser) on your ride.

Mt Coot-tha Loop

Mt Cootha Loop is a very popular ride for experience cyclists, and is sure to get your heart pumping!

The ride begins at the base of Mt Coot-tha on Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, and is approximately 10 kilometres long. Be warned though, this ride is challenging to even the most experienced of cyclists as it’s pretty much all uphill!

When you reach the top you’ll be rewarded will incredible views of Brisbane and if you like, you could stop for a coffee at the lookout point while you’re up there.

Murarrie Recreational Park

For amateur bike riders or kids learning how to ride for the first time, Murarrie Recreational Park is a great place to start.

Located on the Bulimba Creek Bikeway, the Reserve has a 1.4 kilometre loop track specifically dedicated to cyclists. It also has a small playground, a basketball half court and a skate park for the kids.

When you’re there though, do take notice of the rules as cyclists must travel clockwise and keep right for pedestrians. And, if you’re taking the kids along make sure you take them at a time when the professional cyclists aren’t practicing – at 30kph, you definitely don’t want to get in their way!

The Gap to Mt Glorious

If you’re an experienced cyclist and up for a challenge – a really big challenge – take the 32 kilometre ride from The Gap to Mt Glorious.

This ride will take you through the beautiful terrain of the D’Aguilar Range, with sweeping views, rainforest paths and several challenging climbs and sweeping descents. It’s a tough one, but a good one!

Now, if you really like the sound of this and you’re considering taking up cycling, but you don’t have a bike (or a reliable one for that matter) – don’t worry, Cyc’d For Bikes have got you covered!

Right now, they’re clearing out heaps of stock and all their Giant models are on special at incredible prices! Sounds like a great late Christmas present to me! For more information visit www.cycdforbikes.com.au

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