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Top 3 Australian cycling cities

The fresh air on your skin, blood pumping through your veins, amazing sights around you – exploring Australia on the seat of a bike is a fun, healthy and sustainable way of getting around.

Whether you’re heading away for work or visiting friends and family for a few days, we’re making travelling and cycling as easy as possible with access to a range of high performance road bikes. You can now hire Colnago road bikes by Livelo Performance Bike Rental in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Simply book your bike here and Livelo will deliver your wheels straight to your hotel, then collect them when you’re done.

Hitting a city soon? Here are our top three must-ride Aussie cites.

1. Sydney

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Twice as many Sydneysiders travel by bike than any other city folk across Australia, according to the 2013 Australian Bicycle Council survey. So there’s no question that cycling is the best way to enjoy this captivating city full of beaches, monuments, landscapes and restaurants.

So where to begin?

If you’re looking for a relatively easy ride to get your legs moving, follow the 3.8 kilometre Grand Drive cycle lane through the parklands of Centennial Park. Stop for a stretch by one of the lakes or cool off under a palm tree before continuing your ride.

If you are in need of some fresh air by the water, take the 2.6 kilometre route from the Harbour Bridge to Anzac Bridge and split off onto one of the many cycle ways along the way.

A weekend ride with breathtaking scenery and a bit of distance can be found along Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Cycle to Akuna Bay or West Head for a hilly ride up to 15 kilometres long.

2. Brisbane

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If you like your ride with a side of adventure then Brisvegas is your answer. The city has more than 1100 kilometres of bikeways and shared pathways located along the river, through green belts and by wetlands. The Brisbane River Loop is the city’s most well-known ride. Take a tour through South Brisbane, Brisbane City, Milton, Auchenflower, Toowong, St Lucia, Indooroopilly and more on the 35 kilometre ride, starting from South Brisbane.

Or challenge yourself and ride from The Gap to Mount Glorious in the D’Aguilllar Range. Starting from the corner of Settlement Road and Waterworks Road, this 32 kilometre long trail is full of beautiful views and steep hills to get your heart pumping.

Brisbane also has some of the best bike storage facilities in Australia, with more than 200 bike racks around the city, cyclepods and Australia’s first major end-of-trip facility at King George Square station, Cycle2City.

3. Melbourne

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A bike friendly city boasting extensive lanes, paths and trails around the CBD, cycling in Melbourne means that one moment you can be cruising along the river past bushland and wildlife, and the next, stopping at inner city cafes for true Melbourne-style coffee.

Follow part of the Yarra River and get to know the landmarks on the 30 kilometre Capital City Trail. This stunning loop passes by some of the best sights surrounding the CBD, including Docklands, Federation Square, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Abbotsford Convent and Dight Falls. Where you choose to start is up to you, with the trail providing the perfect hop-on, hop-off tour of Melbourne.

If bayside scenery is what you’re after, treat your eyes to the clear blue water along the St Kilda Beach to Half Moon Bay trail. This 13 kilometre flat ride runs along the coastline, and offers spectacular views over Melbourne’s bayside beaches, as well as plenty of tasty seafood restaurants to feed your appetite, such as award winning Cerberus Beach House.

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