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Bike weekends in Brighton: Roll up, Roll up!

Let's ride

Let's ride!

Weekends in Brighton are the perfect antidote to the seasonal flu we’ve all been suffering from, especially when you’ve got a bike and an afternoon free.

So what if you want to cycle when you are visiting Brighton? Can you just roll up (sorry) and hire a bike for the day? The simple answer is: Yes. And there’s moves afoot to roll-out (again) an official city-wide bike hire thingy.

But until Brighton gets its Boris Bikes, there are still a few opportunities for families coming to Brighton for the weekend to get on a bike and ride.

In the summer months there are several places to get a two-wheeler, and from spring you’ll see a couple of rental places spring put of hibernation from the arches just behind the sea front.

Let’s hope Boris Bikes don’t put these people out of business…

Brighton is one of those cycling towns the previous government invested money into, and it appears to have paid off. From the end of the Hove Lawns all the way to the Marina there’s cycle paths. And you’ll find them around town – even though they are confusing at first.

So if you are planning future weekends visiting Brighton, bring your bike. Or take a look at the links below to find the best in the Brighton Bike Business – they’ll soon have you up and running (riding, doh!).

Weekend breaks in Brighton

Rayment Cycles

Littlehampton Dutch Bike Shop

M’s Cycle Hire

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Brighton – Wheely into it…

Enjoy the ride

Enjoy the ride

The great thing about cycling is that everyone can get involved. Mums and dads, children and families, it really is the sport for all. Well, this week it’s Team Green Britain Bike Week, and as expected Brighton is leading the way.

Visitors to the town are likely to see a cycling event of some sort. Here’s what’s going on, and how you can get involved.

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Brighton gets summer fitness buzz

Picture 1If May was festival month, then June is sports month. Kicked off in true Brighton stylee with the Naked Bike Ride, now it’s time for a festival of sports devised to get the whole family in shape.

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Sun, Sea and S**

Well that’s kind of what people expect when reading about a holiday resort. And no doubt we get all three here, it’s just there is more to do in Brighton, things residents and visitors share: sun, sea and sport.

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Get in the water!

Well, along with Brighton sunshine – and it’s here – comes the temptation to take a dip. Now, I know you’re thinking ”you must be mad to dip even your toes in the water”. But let’s not forget about Brighton’s swimming pools, which are great for dedicated ‘up and downers’, as well as for children and families.

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

The King Alfred Centre is about as 80’s retro as the town’s student community, but is still a great resource. Let’s face it, if the sun fails us, at least we can step back off the beach, put our cossies on, and get in for a bit.

More modern is the Price Regent. And it’s next to the Jubilee Library (are we obsessed about royalty, or what?). If you get bored easily by the lanes just dry off, grab a book, wander through the North Laines, and enjoy the great Easter weather.

Dedicated swimmers are donning their Speedos for a mammoth charity swimathon on April 18th, take a look for further info.

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Off To The Marina and Beyond

Brighton Marina garners many responses. If you aren’t  a big fan of modern architecture or Pizza Express, you will still enjoy heading over to this part of town.  First of all, the Marina on a sunny day is a prime sunbathing spot. Head over to Mermaid walk and bask in the sun, have a cocktail at one of the chain restaurants and sit out  and watch the boats. aug09 025

Or if you fancy yourself a gangster moll, get really dressed up to the nines and head over to the nearby casino for a Dicky Tracy or Madonna moment.  My soul purpose for coming to Brighton Marina usually is to go for a cycle ride on the Undercliff path which leads all the way to the nearby town of Saltdean. Sometimes I detor off this path and head into Rottingdean, which is a historic little spot, famous for it’s real windmill.

The whole Undercliff Path lines the sea and is never very crowded. I don’t know if words can really convey how great this place is on a bicycle or on foot. You can actually rent bikes in the Marina complex at Go Cycle. You will find it EXTREMELY worth it.

If you don’t really venture out of the Marina, sometimes in the square near the Reebok store, there is entertainment or food stalls. I bought some organic vegetarian food here recently, so you may luck out on a weekend at the Mermaid Market.

My best memory in this area was actually at the Naturist Beach after the Naked Bike Ride this past May. What an exhilarating experience! This beach is usually empty but if you fancy a skinny dip, you legally can!

Some upcoming events at Brighton Marina, include a boat race in September and the Brighton Triathalon where participants swim, bike and run to the max.  Every weekend there is a car boot sale in the Marina,  that has over 200 stalls and is the biggest antique market in Brighton.

If you find yourself in Brighton Marina and it begins to rain, don’t worry as you can catch a movie at the Odeon Cinema quite easily or head over to Bowlplex, where you may realise the lightest ball is still to heavy for you and attempt to beat your more experienced friends to no avail, whilst binging on chips.

With the exception of ASDA, most of the stores in Brighton Marina are boutiques and clothing outlets. I think this area should not be known for it’s shopping but more for ambiance and weekly Mermaid Market. aug09 045

During your trip to Brighton,  the Marina is definitely somewhere you should stop. Whether you end up on a bike path or the movies, you’ll have a good time here.

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