I have been in SA for about 2 weeks and just finding my feet I am living near to Henley beach and am looking for weekend rides in my area. I average about 18-20mph alone and tend to get out for a few hrs Sat or Sun. If anyone can steer me in the right direction to meet up and ride etc it would be greatly appreciated.
Regular rides through that way are Cobwebs who meet at Glenelg 8am Saturday mornings and ride to Outer Harbour and back. About 6 different speed groups there, and coffee at a cafe after.Check out BikeSA site http://www.bikesa.asn.au/
Suggest you also take a look at the Adelaide hills. Adelaide is a bit odd as the suburbs stop very suddenly and you go from housing to country, in about 1 km.
You would be across the metropolitan area in under an hour, then head for Magill then go up Norton Summit Road, to Norton Summit Hotel (about 450 m) about 12 km from the city centre, then 2 km more to Ashton (?550 m or 600 m). The climb up to Norton Summit is quite steep - but you are then in the hills, & not much climbing more.
You can turn right, and head for Mt Lofty summit and cafe - 720 m about 25 min; or straight ahead for lobethal, small town in the hills, 20 km on, some nice bushland to ride through. Or left, and come down Montacute Road . From Montacute road, a right turn takes you down Corkscrew road onto Gorge Road. From those, can ride fairly quickly back to the city, down Lower NE road, then out to Henley.
From Mt Lofty, two options back to the City
-Crafers then the Bikeway which is signposted from there. 10 km of off road and quiet road
-Greenhill Road - steep, twisty, some cyclists like it....
Final option is head to Lobethal - then Cudlee Creek - then back down Gorge Road to Athelstone then Lower NE road to the city. From Henleh round that way would be about 90 km Nice scenic ride, following the River Torrens, down from the hills, through the gorge, past the reservoir. However there have been some incidents, with motorists and motor cycilsts being aggressive towards cyclists - just be aware of that.
Wont give you detailed directions - you can find the roads in the Adelaide street directory.
Sunday morning til 11 am, quite a few road cyslists out on those routes.
Another way up is from what we call the Tollgate - ie junction of Mt Barker Road and Glen Osmond Road and Cross Road. From there there is a 10 km bike path - part off road, part quiet road - up to Crafers (about 550 m) then on to Mt Lofty.
Finally, maybe not your thing - there is a bike path off road, the length of the River Torrens, from its mouth at Henley - through the City - up to Athelstone, where the river comes out of the hills. It s all parkland, very popular, a nicer way into the Hills than riding the road.
& very finally - you can download cyclist maps of Adelaide metro area on the net -
Other place to try - BikeSA have an extensvie program of rides, check their website www.bikesa.asn.au.