Whether it’s putting in the miles to get fit, using two wheels to get from A-B, or just hopping on for kicks, there has been a massive upsurge in cycling this year.

With new dedicated cycle lanes, some well-wheeled trails and routes, and ace places to stop off and refuel, around Liverpool is a brilliant place to get in the saddle. With the new cycling-friendly developments on Princes Avenue and more present lanes around the city – there’s never a better time to get on your bike. Plus if you need some new kit or your wheels need some TLC our local indies will get you back on the road.

The routes

You can find official cycle maps for the Liverpool City Region here (https://www.arrivehappy.org/lcr-cycle-maps) but here are some of our highlights:

Curlew Cycle route

North of the city there are loads of really great routes with amazing views and the Curlew Cycle route is one that the whole family can manage. Starting from Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre it takes you past the Iron Men, the coastal parks and delivers views of North Wales on a good day.

Aigburth to The Docks

It’s a classic route but there’s no getting over the incredible riverside views and you can travel from Aigburth to town pretty much road-free. Otterspool prom is a cyclist’s dream and when you get closer to town weaving your way round the docks you get a new perspective on the fringes of the city. Just beware of the cobbles and be prepared to meet some joggers and dog walkers along the way.

The Leeds Liverpool Canal

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to get out of town, heading out onto the Leeds – Liverpool canal is a good bet. Start off at Stanley Docks on the towpath and you can pretty much wind your way all the way to Leeds, it is 127 miles though so you can also turn back before you hit the wrong side of the Pennines if (when) you’ve had enough.

The Loop Line

It’s almost like the disused railway line from Halewood to Aintree was designed for cycling. It’s a fairly flat ten miles of path flanked by woodland that will take through Gateacre, Knotty Ash and West Derby before emerging near the racecourse.

Wirral Way to Parkgate

The Wirral Way is another disused railway line that’s great for cycling, if you want to get off the beaten track you can use it as a starting point for a ride to Parkgate, and we all know what that means… ice cream. A fitting reward for 7 and a bit miles in the saddle.

The cafes

Ryde

Part cycle-shop, part cafe, Ryde is a bike lover’s dream. The guys here really know there stuff and you can pick up some new gear, get your bike fixed and load up on a full English and excellent coffee before hitting the road again.

Eureka Cafe

There has been a cafe on this spot near Willaston for over 80 years serving sustenance to passing cyclists and drivers. So when it calls itself ‘the world’s first and best cycling cafe’ who are we to argue. Whether you’ve put in the miles or just been for a leisurely ride, the cakes here are difficult to resist – think thick wedges of sponge, apple and blackberry slices and sticky buns. 

The Blue Bicycle

Perfectly placed for trips to Parkgate and the Wirral Way, this mega-cute cafe is smarter than your average stop off but there is ample bike storage round the back and a menu worth making a trip for. Start the day on a cracking full English, stop by for sandwiches and soup or end the ride triumphantly with a fish pie or steak sandwich.

Caz’s Kitchen

Not strictly speaking a bike café but if you’re wheeling through Crosby way there’s no excuse for not stopping by. If your body is a lycra-clad temple, there are raw vegan treats awaiting and the counters groan with classic traybakes, cheesecakes and deep filled tarts – all best enjoyed in Caz’s secret garden.

The gear

Doctor Sprocket

One for the serious riders, Dr Sprocket will help you ride smarter, not harder thanks to a full-on professional bike fitting service. Based in Wallasey the Dr and his crew will tweak your bike within an inch of its life to boost your performance, avoid injuries and make every ride more enjoyable.

Coast Cycles

A South Liverpool mainstay Coast Cycles is a Giant dealer and the go-to in this neck of the woods for spot-on servicing and repairs.

Cycle of Life

Cycle of Life is a community cycle club predominantly based in L8 but are growing branches around Liverpool. Theur aim is to get more people cycling! They have workshops, give free bikes to key workers, organise community rides and training is available.

Ten Street Cycles

If you’re looking for a really special piece of kit you need to head to Ten Street Cycles. Their bikes are bespoke, handmade and things of absolute beauty. They’ll assess your needs, riding style, favourite colourways and put together your perfect ride.

Peloton Liverpool

Peloton Liverpool are a brilliant organisation who are all about promoting safe and accessible bike use in the city. In normal times they have BMX meet ups, mother and child rides, and late-night trips. Events are on hold, but you can still get your hands on one of their refurbed bikes or get their crack team to service yours.

Bernard Bicycles

This Smithdown Road store is the place to go for quality refurbished and used bikes, conversions to e-bikes and they’ll even assemble kids and adults bikes for you.

Picton Cycles

A legendary bicycle shop selling BMX, folding and mountain bikes, custom-made road bikes and more on Wavertree High Street.

Anywhere Bikes

Anywhere Bikes is a pop-up bicycle repair shop ran by local lads. Before the recent restrictions they were located in Kaz Gardens but are looking for a new place currently. When they’re back, take your bikes there to get anything fixed.

Hobsons Cycles

The guys at Hobsons in Walton really know their stuff – especially when it comes to BMX and support some of the best riders in the business. They do custom wheel builds, titanium spokes and have loads of protective gear too.

Liver Pedlaa Pool

Liver Pedlaa Pool is the first of its kind and is an extremely fast-growing peaceful biking community. Set up by Blaen Roberts, Blaen wants to bring the youth together through their love of cycling and give them the opportunity to choose the right path in life. Through education and introduction to role models – Blaen hopes it’ll prevent kids from picking up a knife or choosing a life of crime.

Formby Cycles

This place is huge and whether you’re a newbie or a pro, it has everything you need to get out on the road. All the big brands are here and you could spend an age browsing the bikes, accessories and clothing.

Oban Cycles

Oban Cycles on Breck Road have been looking after the city’s bikes for more than 100 years. Whether it’s a mountain bike, BMX, or folding bike, with kind of heritage you’re two-wheels are in safe hands.