Top Tips For Finding Great Cycling Roads In A New Area

Discovering new roads in new locations can keep your cycling interesting and fun! Maybe you’ve recently moved area? Perhaps you’re visiting another city? Maybe you’re just tired of riding the same roads every day! In this video, Manon & Conor share some great tips to help you easily plan some great new cycling routes in an area you may not be familiar with!

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49 Replies to “Top Tips For Finding Great Cycling Roads In A New Area”

  1. Logical Dad

    In the US the google street view cars haven't gone on gravel roads. Komoot and many other apps think many gravel roads are paved so they send you and your 25mm tires in a bad way. In Google Earth or google maps if you grab the street view "man" icon all the roads that have street view (paved) turn blue so easy to check if komoot, Strava or Garmin were going to send you gravelling.

  2. 21Vicroy

    Teehee, the roads in the US sends it's regards. 🙁

    UK looks like a blast to cycle, but the US is just a completely different beast and it sucks that most of your tips cater and are far more relevant to the EU audience. Not everyone lives in the super big cities in new york, california, florida or texas where they have more investment in cycling.

    I'm looking at a 3hr bike ride if I wanted to go to the next town, have a coffee and a muffin, head back while seeing a bit of nature with lower traffic roads and have a small landmark. It sucks! If you really want a challenge, try getting some routes over here.

  3. de Pfeffel

    I do like Komoot, it's good. My brother exports routes to his Garmin on it. Some questionable roads though, it'll take you across anything, even on "adventure bike", but I've been taking my Decathlon RC120 over all kinds of awful terrain in the hope I can get and fix a puncture quickly by the roadside. Sadly, I'm 700km in with no punctures to report haha. Does take you down cycle paths, random areas, bit wonky on the one way Vs round trip, but great that you can reverse the route. It's awesome, what can I say. Used it 30ish times maybe, love it. Weird that they didn't mention that this was sponsored by Komoot, I'm fairly sure sponsored content on YouTube needs mentioning, but hey. These guys know what they're doing. Komoot is good in my opinion, would love to see an alternative suggested as it's as good as I need (minus the speeds, fitness levels etc, should just be able to whack in an average speed IMO)

  4. Jon Kirton's First 100

    Love Komoot but I'll second that bit about checking the route! Occasionally sent me down some pretty rough bridleways when set to Rode riding!

  5. Superman vs Golden Unicorn

    Best Hack ever: Set your destination as a waypoint on your head unit. Then wander off in the general direction taking every side road that interests you. After you've ridden a certain distance or time activate the waypoint. This way you avoid the fastest/most travelled routes and is a completely unique experience. Did this a few years ago around Liege and had my best week of cycling ever!!!

  6. robert maier

    use OS maps 1:50000 , they are excellent (actually the BEST!) in finding small roads perfect for cycling. Online subscription is around £20 per year

  7. The Source

    been wondering about what trousers to buy and im just wondering about the lycra trousers do youse all tuck you tackle between your legs or isit just that small becasue surely youd be able to see a big buldge with how tight they are

  8. Mark Moreno

    Out here we have plenty of classic bike routes. Yet I would be remiss if I didn't mention the American River Bike Trail. A mix, in terms of surface, as some portions get muddied over during our "rainy" season. It curves as it follows the contours of the river. Some single-track is avail here and there if you are respectful of joggers and "stealth" campers. There is more than one path and the levee is mostly gravel, but I prefer the paved path because it is nearer the river and has more opportunity to branch off onto the single-track portions. Weekends are crowded with whole packs of bikers training for something. It is 37 kilometers in total, but some park at one end and do the whole thing twice. Lots of places for stealth picnicking too. Exiting off the bikeway at certain streets allows your detour to access various eateries. Prettiest in early spring. Watch out for deer, turkeys, coyotes, quail, squirrels, and other creatures.

  9. Mark Conlon

    I have a nice collection of guide books and actual paper maps. It is nice to have a tangible item to have as a souvenir. Ride to the level of your smile.

  10. JackSharmon O'Quinn

    In South Louisiana we ride what we have… dodge farm equipment and other vehicles. Enjoy and make the best of what you have available. …

  11. MRGRUMPY53

    One thing that I've noticed about the GCN Presenters is that when they ride in slightly chilly weather, they ride without gloves, but still ride in full tights. Have knee warmers fallen out of fashion? The only time I wear tights are those rare times that I go out when it's 3-4 degrees C. Anything above that, I wear knee warmers under my bibs.
    GCN should do a few shows about the Newport Velodrome. It's close by.

  12. Mikefule

    Here's me spent a life time just thinking, "Let's see what's down here," then going to find out, as a result of which I know my way around without having to stick to familiar routes.

  13. Francesco Priori

    what's conor wahoo support? can support also an action cam? i found some of those but seems to me cheap and unstable… great video!

  14. Guilherme Macedo

    a great option too is to join a local cycling club and new to a location. Great to discover routes and meet fellow cyclists

  15. Don Ball

    Been using Komoot for nearly 2 yrs and it continues to develop. Getting better all the time and proving useful to planning your route and recording your actual ride. Generates a great little video clip of photos taken.

  16. Minute Man

    My roads are as boring as all get out. I can go east or west, north or south. All the roads are perfectly straight, and there is nowhere to go to because once you get out of town its miles before you get to anywhere to stop. I look at the roads you guys ride on and I'm really envious.

  17. Phil Burke

    Adding to checking the weather, I always check the wind speed/direction. Nothing worse that riding a tough loop thinking you’ve smashed the first half, to turn into a brutal headwind for the return leg when you’re starting to flag

  18. JunkMan304

    I live in an area with very few cyclist. It's an area where the majority of the population have no clue of cyclist rights and they believe you should not be on the road. It's very frustrating to go out for a ride when you know you're just going to piss drivers off. Do you have any tips or can you do a video on ways to combat this type of situation?

  19. leighton Davies

    I’ve got a week up in North Wales planned the end of the month – I’m literally bouncing off the walls with excitement right now 👌

  20. ligeliac

    Komoot has a mode for quiet Roads? So far I have always chosen the symbol with the racing bike (for reasons of self-confidence and self-deception). Thanks GCN.

  21. Callum Macgregor

    Newsflash: the least aerodynamic man in cycling attempts to become even less aero by using unzipped jacket as a wind-brake for the entire video

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