What’s better than a weekend bike adventure? A weekend bike adventure with friends! Cycling is a great hobby. It promotes your health and takes care of the environment too. On top of that, cycling has a community around it, so it can be easy to make new friends who already bike.
Even still, it can be a challenge to actually meet new people when you’re hurrying to work or off on errands. Here are a few great ways to connect with fellow bike riders to make new friends.
Join a Group
Joining a group is the easiest way to meet new people who are already passionate about cycling. Most people sign up to meet others, so you’re already in a place where people are looking to make friends. To find a group, check out apps like Meet Up, or check with your local gym. Pro tip: ask around at your local bike shop, or keep an eye on social media to see who’s already biking near you. Ask them to join you on a trip sometime.
Plan an Adventure
Is there a legendary bike tour you want to go on? Go for it! And see if anyone from your new cycling group wants to join you. Adventures are a great way to bring people together. The group creates new and exciting experiences. This bonds the group closer together. If nothing else, you’ll create some great memories, even if you don’t get a friendship out of it.
Take a Tour
Keep an eye out to see if your town offers bike tours. Some artsy towns plan bike tours to check out local art. Groups ride around the city together to admire murals and other local art. Other areas provide tours through vineyards or breweries. If you see anything posted, sign up and take part. Showing up is half the effort when it comes to making new friends, so show up, and show up again.
Know a Good Place to Stop
The best cyclists know the best places to stop. Sometimes it’s a local cafe, a small ice cream shop, or the best brewery around. Consider asking a fellow cyclist if they want to cycle out to your chosen best place. Once you arrive, you have time to sit and chat and get to know one another more.
This can be a great way to casually get one-on-one time with someone you hope to become friends with. You can use it as a first step to work on planning bigger adventures or make it a regularly scheduled event. Consider biking to the same location on the first Saturday of every month. Then meet up with your friends to sit and chat and plan an adventure.
Cycle Where the People Are
If you haven’t found friends anywhere, else, cycle where other cyclists ride. An important step in building friendships is recognition and familiarity. Mix that with the same location, and the same hobby, you’re bound to meet someone new. Don’t be afraid to strike up conversations with strangers – you never know when you might make a new friend.
Cycling Can Help You Make New Friends
While it may take some time, don’t get discouraged. More and more people every day are adopting biking into their lives, and they’re eager to make new friends too. Cycling is a healthy, frugal hobby. People who cycle tend to take care of their health, and they tend to have an interest in the environment. We think those are pretty cool people to hang around with. So join a group, go on an adventure, take a tour, and cycle where the people are. You’re well on your way to making new friends soon.
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