The best way to see a new city, as Air BnB’s latest ad succinctly points out, is to really live in the city. Eat all you can at local dhabas, read a book at the friendly neighbourhood café or set out on foot or bike to really get a feel of the by-lanes, out-of-the-way shops or vibrant night life.

Gurgaon’s cycling communities are a brilliant way to not only explore a mostly car-driven city, but also meet fellow cyclists and start a conversation. Membership to these communities is just a Facebook request away, and the only prerequisites include a sturdy bike and a sense of adventure.

Gurgaon Fun Riders (GFR)

Their Facebook page has close to 3,000 members that all share a love for pedaling down unexplored routes. You can plan early morning rides with fellow cyclists via their page, enlist for upcoming events {like the previously-organised Trail Ride to Aravalli Hills} or even just share your latest cycling accomplishment by tracking your rides.

Make sure you have a helmet and tail lights, because safety is as important as fun for this group. Send them a request to join the community on Facebook here.

Pedal Yatri

This group sets out on rides almost every day, covering about 30 kms on weekdays and double the distance on Saturdays and Sundays. The best bit is that they steer clear of Gurgaon’s usually-congested roads and, instead, take the trails less-travelled-by. Discover hills, fields and villages and you’ll find that G-Town is about more than just skyscrapers.

If you’d like to join Pedalyatri, head to their Facebook page here and drop them a message.

Find out more on their website here.


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On Cyclesutra’s Facebook page, we chanced upon a rather crazy story. A 19-year-old cyclist set off on a journey of 13,000 kms from Jaipur to Malaysia on his trusty bicycle. Scroll further and you’ll find events, doses of inspiration, as well as safety tips and tricks. The members usually convene outside Max Hospital in Sector 19 at the crack of dawn. The most interesting bit is that the rides are usually themed; we love the sound of their ‘foodie rides’ where 20 enthusiasts cycle all the way to Chandni Chowk, followed by gorging on kebabs.

Sign up by dropping them a message on the Facebook page itself; it’s a great way to get to know your city a little bit better.

SpinLife India

With a huge focus on fitness, SpinLife India posts regular event updates on their Facebook page, and we’re most excited about the sound of cycling through the city at night! Beginners, take heed of the advice on the page. From choosing the right gear to ensuring a safe cycling trip, there’s lots to learn from this community.

Their trips are usually scheduled for the weekends and span about 20 kms for newbie cyclists.

Part of a cycling community we haven’t featured? Tell us in the comments!

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