Want to be a Guest Blogger?

Men and women are welcome.

Have you had a cycling experience that you would like to share?

Are you simply a cycle conscious non-cyclist?

Are you a driver who doesn’t get why we cycle? Or one who envies cyclists?

Do you watch cyclists from behind the glass windows of public transport vehicles in awe?

Are you a commuter cyclist?

Send your name, article and photos with captions for consideration to:

shecyclesnairobi@gmail.com

Articles must me in English or Swahili, or both.

24 Responses to “Want to be a Guest Blogger?”

  1. Arif March 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Hello,

    I’d like to join in with your cycling group or could you point out any clubs that would be open for new members..

    Cheers

    Arif

    • shecyclesnairobi November 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

      See Kenya_mtb on Yahoo Groups, North Nairobi Cycling Club on Facebook and Wheels of Africa on Facebook. Enjoy the ride!!

  2. Mwangi April 3, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    I am just a Commuter cyclist

  3. Finn Cormac June 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    Hi there,

    I’m a researcher for Green Futures, a global sustainability solutions magazine. We’re doing an article on cycling in Nairobi and I’d be interested in hearing your views, particularly regarding cycle lanes.

    Let me know if you’re interested. My email is finn@greenfutures.org.uk.

    Warm regards,
    Finn

    • shecyclesnairobi June 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

      Sure… I am currently putting together images of the developing cycle lanes along one newly expanded road, for an up-coming post.

  4. Penny June 24, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Hi,
    I hardly know how to cycle…But i would like to begin..Do you have a new cyclists club?

  5. Belinda August 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    Hi, I’m moving to Nairobi mid-October, would love to commute to and from work, trying to decide if I should ship my bike (from South Africa), or can you get a good quality bike there? and for how much?
    Also, are there some weekend trails around?
    Regards, Belinda

    • shecyclesnairobi August 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

      If you are coming to stay a short while it’s best to bring yours and take it back. If staying a long time it’s best to buy one here. Join North Nairobi Cycling Club on Facebook and Kenya_Mtb yahoo group to see what’s available. Find out with SAA what it would cost to ship your bike. KQ might be hectic.

    • shecyclesnairobi August 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

      Ask the well travelled bikers on those groups what has worked in terms of shipping a bike. All the best and Karibu Kenya!!

      • Belinda August 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

        Great!! Thanks

    • shecyclesnairobi November 18, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

      Belinda, Howzit? Did you find a bike? There are bikes for hire at the Karura Forest trails.

  6. Edward Frank November 14, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Hi, we are moving to Nairobi for two years starting early January. My office will be at Upper Hill. I have always been cycling to the office here in the Netherlands (16 kms) and cannot imagine myself getting stuck in a traffic jam in a car every day. 50 minutes cycling one way would be the maximum for me to reach the office. Can someone advise what neighborhood would be recommended to settle which is green, quite and peaceful and from where I will still be able to reach the office by bike safely along a reasonably protected cycling path? Would appreciate your suggestions.

    Regards, Edward

    • shecyclesnairobi November 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

      Hi Edward. There are very few to none protected cycling paths in Nairobi – less that 20km. Where there are, they are not continuous enough to offer adequate protection as with the Netherlands. Upperhill is currently a giant construction site with the road indefinitely under construction.

      Your best bet is State House Road (for residence) use Lenana Road to get onto the Valley Road and then onto Ngong Road, past the Kenyatta Hospital.

      This route would see you cross over a relatively dangerous junction into Ragati Road and on to Mara Road – both of which are very dusty in dry weather and muddy in wet. In dry weather you would have to contend with clouds of dust (not healthy) and in the wet paddles and mud (better than dust).

      That said, it would be best to drive from State House Road to Upperhill than cycle. Not to disillusion you, I suggest you cycle the route on a Sunday early morning, to see what the problematic spots are.

      I have spotted a couple of European-looking folks cycling the same route occasionally, not so since the road works in Upperhill began.

      Karibu Nairobi!! Enjoy the ride!!

  7. Charles Nyende (@cnyende) January 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    Was an avid cyclist perhaps three decades back – my am i that old? – but ball games caught up with me – soccer but especially rugby, which i played to elite level, but that is another story. Stopped playing actively but being a fitness guy maintained gym and running (have done several Stanchart, Lewa and other road races – 20km or 10km; never 42km though i did think about it real, real hard. Really.
    This year, on a whim, want of change, dunno, I decided to start cycling as my prime fitness activity. Bought a decent,seven gear byke and what do you know!? That saying you never forget to cycle is so, so true.
    Encouraged I hit the road for the first time two weeks ago (I stay in South C). Madness. Our roads were not build with cylists in mind. As much as I hugged the pavement as I enthusiastically enjoyed my human powered wheel movement, I was forced off the road countless time by them damn motorists (Im one and i know their attitude). Once I was almost ran over by some mad – it had to be – Probox guy (or was it a woman?). Slightly shaken you will understand i did not have time to study physical profiles of anybody. Let us just say the 5km ride on Nairobi roads was a dangerous affair. But tell you what, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride – so invigorating, so refreshing. so engaging. My quadriceps though did not think so.
    Long and shot, I am hooked to riding! Have ventured out three more times but stuck to rounds withing the estate. However I feel I need to spread my wings.
    Any cycling clubs around South C, B area, hell anywhere who accept new members, new to cycling? Psst, was revered to this blog by a friend who does endless cycling in cyberspace.

    • shecyclesnairobi January 29, 2014 at 8:26 am #

      Glad to hear you are back in the saddle. Many cyclists who are also drivers forget they are NOT cars. You have to think like half-a-pedestrian, because that’s what you are. I haven’t had any major run-ins with motorists in 3 years. Best advise: usikuwe kimebele mbele sana when on a bike. Looking forward to when the city will have continuous cycle paths.

      For clubs follow Wheels of Africa and North Nairobi Cycling Club both on Facebook. For more hardcore competitive riding check out Kenya Cycling on Facebook.

  8. Ann Soffer July 22, 2014 at 7:27 am #

    Hi! Im so exited to have have found this blog. I will be moving from Copenhagen, Denmark to Nairobi for the the fall and will be commuting from Muthangari/Gitanga Rd to Bishop Magua Centre, Ngong Rd daily. It doesn’t look like a long trip but i was wondering if anybody has any insights on a preferred route? I have heard that most Nakumatt stores sell bikes, but i don’t know is they only carry cruisers, or wether they also have bikes that are appropriate for more off road rides?
    Any advice will be greatly appreciated – i can’t imagine life without a daily ride!

    • shecyclesnairobi July 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

      Hi Ann. Welcome to Nairobi. It’s approximately 25minutes cycling from Gitanga to Bishop Magua. The section between Gitanga and Ngong road is steep climb. It would be best to get a Mountain bike. The bikes in stores are no good. Check out ‘Wheels of Africa’ on Facebook they have great bikes from Ksh7 000 to ksh 20 000 for the really good ones. Much of Nairobi is gentle to long climbs. They also have organized weekend rides to out of town destinations. You will need your helmet in Nairobi, no separate cycling infrastructure here. All the best!

  9. ALFRED MUIA September 8, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    I have seen your club on citizen TV and am really impressed to join 0750489257,0715188814.you are doin a good job

    • shecyclesnairobi September 8, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

      You mean “Wheels of Africa”? It’s not really a club, just a group of pro-commuter cycling supporters, Follow them on Facebook.

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