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Manchester England-- bike hire, Velodrome fun??? Dublin too(3 posts)

Manchester England-- bike hire, Velodrome fun??? Dublin tooking of Norway
Nov 14, 2003 10:59 AM
I will be going over to Manchester,England around Nov 28th and may also be in Dublin. Any info on bike rentals and any possibility of spinning on the velodrome-- classes, etc. Are either Manchester or Dublin bike friendly and worth it to find a rental agency or not. Any other advice, sights, etc would be most appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
vel linkbestT
Nov 14, 2003 2:00 PM
Here's a link for the manchester velodrome:
http://www.manchestervelodrome.com/
I raced Master's Worlds there a few years ago, the area didn't seem too road bike friendly, we were bused from the hotel to the vel and back. The track is awesome, if you get the opportunity, try it out.
DublinFr Ted Crilly
Nov 14, 2003 5:16 PM
The most bike friendly thing about Dublin at this time of year is that the traffic moves slowly! :-)
In the city centre, travelling by bike is usually the quickest way of getting about during rush hour traffic. If you have a few daylight hours to spare, then try and head south towards Bray and some beautiful riding in the Wicklow hills. Or go west along the river Liffey for some more nice scenery. All roads will be busy though at rush hour on weekdays.
If you're in or near the city centre, don't have much time and just want the exercise, try doing a couple of loops of Phoenix Park. It's a 7 ride around the perimeter road, and traffic through the park is usually light except at peak times. The speed limit in the park is 30mph, so even at peak times, traffic isn't too overbearing.

A quick search for bike rentals gave me this place, which is pretty close to the city centre, near O'Connell St, just north of the river.
Rent A Bike
Mr Tony Doyle, 58 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin 1.
Phone:+353 1 8725399

Failing that, try giving the Cycle Superstore a call at +353 1 451 2744. They might know someone who will rent a bike to you.

If you're looking for sights in the city centre to keep you busy while you're not cycling, then there's plenty on offer. Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, the Guinness brewery are all well worth a visit, as well as any one of countless pubs. Go into a pub, have a pint of Guinness and ask the locals. They will be able to give you much better advice than me.

Daily high temperatures at this time of year will probably be 5 to 10°C and it could rain at anytime. Sunset in Dublin in early December will probably be about 4pm, so the days are short. Have fun.