Get active in the Birmingham cycling community this spring—trails, group rides + more

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Beautiful weather is here, and it’s time to get your bike in shape for the season. If you’ve been thinking about bringing your bike back from retirement, keep reading to learn where to start, where to ride and for details about group rides in The Magic City.

Where to ride your bike in Birmingham

1. Trussville City Park

What’s better than riding alongside the mighty Cahaba River? Get ready for scenic single and double track trails with a short section by the Cahaba River.

2. Shades Valley Greenway

Take a ride on the 5.1 miles out and back trail in Birmingham. This 1.5 hour ride is open all year round and ready for you.

3. Tannehill State Park

Tannehill State Park has 16+ miles of trails that run along historic paths and paved roads, making it an ideal trail to explore and enjoy the beauty of nature.

4. Oak Mountain State Park

Take a ride and enjoy Oak Mountain State Park scenery view 29 miles of the trail made up of mostly singletrack with some gravel and paved portions.

5. Turkey Creek

Around 3.5 miles of moderate-to-high-grade multi-purpose trails are waiting for you in Turkey Creek nature preserve. Take your bike on a ride like no other.

Birmingham biking groups to join

1. Birmingham Bicycle Club

If you’re interested in joining a cycling club, Birmingham Bicycle Club is a great option. It’s open to families and if you’re looking to ride solo, it’s a great option too. Family memberships start at $45 a year, while individual memberships start at just $35 a year.

Plus, with the membership, you’ll get 10% off at select local bike shops, plus many other benefits.

2. Cahaba Cycles

If you’re looking for a cycling club to join, you can’t go wrong with Cahaba cyclists. They’re always ready for a great ride.

3. Redemptive Cycles

Redemptive Cycles is here to help you make a difference in your community. They offer three different membership options, so you’re sure to find one that works for you.

  • Mechanic’s Special Membership $20: access to mechanic stand, wash bay + free admission to all mechanics classes
  • Social Ride Membership $50: access to mechanic stand, wash bay, free admission to all mechanics classes + free admission to all Redemptive Cycles events
  • Domestique Membership $100: access to mechanic stand, wash bay, free admission to all mechanics classes, free admission to all Redemptive Cycles events + 10% shop discount

4. Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers (BUMP)

Take a ride with Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedals (BUMP) on trails you’ve never seen before. Meet cyclists in your local area with BUMP.

5. Le Tour de Ham

Ride with friends or meet up with new riders. Ride at your own risk and be careful at all times. Le Tour de Ham invites you to follow the ride leader and stay in front of the sweeper.

Local bike shops to know

1. Cahaba Cycles

Cahaba Cycles is your one-stop shop for all your spring bike needs. Get rid of the cobwebs and drop your bike off for a tune-up.

The friendly staff is ready to address all your bike-related needs with expert repairs and service.

2. Bob’s Bikes

Looking for a reliable bike that can handle even the roughest terrain? Visit Bob’s Bikes for everything you need.

3. Redemptive Cycles

Every last Saturday of the month, Redemptive Cycles is here to fix your bike. Come learn all the tips and tricks with this pro team.

4. Bike Link of Hoover

Bike Link Hoover has everything you need to start on your journey, including demos so you can test-ride your bike.

Going to Huntsville anytime soon? Check out our guide to biking around the Rocket City.

Where’s your favorite place to ride your bike in Birmingham? Let us know on Facebook + Instagram!

Amber Curry
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