Break out your helmets and oil your gears. The sun is back out in Cleveland, and it’s time to dust off your bike. Whether you’re a dirt devil, a true hipster on a fixie or just want to look cute for Instagram, Cleveland has a trail for you. With different terrains to choose from, here are some of the best bike trails and trips to wheelie your way to summertime bliss.
Cleveland Metroparks Bedford Single Track
A great launching pad for beginning mountain bikers, the Bedford Single Track loops through both smooth and rolling wooded terrain. Some climbs are challenging enough to get your legs pumping but won’t tire out beginners, and the paved all-purpose trail allows riders to piecemeal the rougher routes. Friendly to hikers too, the entire single-track, including the all-purpose trail, runs a little over 12 miles. Egbert Picnic Shelter, Buckeye Trail, Bedford, clevelandmetroparks.com
Ohio & Erie Canalway Towpath Trail
The Ohio & Erie Canalway spans 87 miles south of Cleveland, featuring smooth pavement, crushed stone and forest trails. Exploration is encouraged as the trail weaves through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, following the path of the Cuyahoga River. For one-way trips, frequent riders recommend starting southward as the trail slopes down heading north. The air-conditioned Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad train also allows bikers to load their bikes on board and return to their starting point, expanding the range of longer trips. Ohioanderiecanalway.com
University Circle Sightseeing Tour: Harrison-Dillard Bikeway
For a casual weekend ride, go through University Circle and Rockefeller Park on a UH Bike. Priced at $7 per hour, bikes can be rented at stations located at Wade Oval and throughout University Circle. Wind your way up the Harrison-Dillard Bikeway under the gentle shade, admiring the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Rest for a spell in the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse, then ride back to the Cleveland Museum of Art, and then pedal to Uptown for Mitchell’s Ice Cream. Expert planners can end their rides at Wade Oval Wednesdays for an evening of music, treats or an open-air movie. Wade Oval, Cleveland