Cooler weather will soon be here - time to start thinking of outdoor activities. How about a cycling trip?
Get out from hilly Hong Kong and crowded Kowloon, and there are several places where you can hire bicycles. They're a good option if you're visiting and would like to go ride a bike, or live here and fancy an occasional bike ride without the trouble of buying and storing your own bike.
They usually offer a variety of bikes, from children's to adults, and may also have some more unusual options such as tandems and four-wheelers.
Note that this is a popular family activity on the weekend, so if you can, aim for weekdays. The paths are a lot quieter then. Safer too, as many of the weekend cyclists are very wobbly!
The main options are:
If you're a confident cyclist, there are other options in the New Territories. Eg Roz gives a good idea for a 3-hour cycle from Tai Wai, followed by a ferry ride back. For more adventurous mountain biking, there are several trails in the country parks, though you'll need a (free) permit. Trail maps and permit details are on the AFCD website.
More details on routes, prices, and places to hire bicycles on the HK Outdoors website.
Readers, any other advice and suggestions for people interested in hiring a bike?