Cycling in London can be scary at the best of times but these rides will be taking it to the next level. Frightful fixies, terrifying tandems, ferocious fold-ups and a peloton of other pimped up rides will take to the streets almost as dressed up as their riders. Yes, the Christmas lights are up which can mean only one thing, it’s Halloween. It’s our last chance to look all dark and moody before we have to go full on glittery and cheerful for Christmas. With that in mind, here are three free Halloween bike rides to take your costumes on. Jude Brosnan
LBK Halloween Night Ride
London Bike Kitchen are hitting the streets with their annual Fancy Dress Halloween Night Ride. Meet at the shop for £1 pre-ride cider and mulled wine. The 15 mile ride will take you on a tour of famous murders in East London, ending with a climb up Swains Lane, finishing at the Flask Tavern at the top of Highgate, with an afterparty at the Star of Hackney Downs.
Thursday October 31, 7pm. Meet at the LBK shop 28 Whitmore Road, N1 5QA for an 8pm departure. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so they know how many drinks to prepare.
Hackney Bicycle Film Society Day of the Dead Ride
Not a Halloween ride, but a Dia de los Muertos ride through the streets of Hackney and East London. Mexico is so hot right now, so join the Hackney Bicycle Film Society as they start a new tradition in the London Bike Community. Honouring the Latino traditions please bring gifts of paper flowers and sugar skulls to offer the dead and if you play a musical instrument, bring it. Oh and wear your brightest most colourful festive skeleton attire. Sugar skull up and make that ‘tequila/to-kill-her’ joke.
November 1, 7pm. Meet at the Stamford Hill entrance to Abney Cemetery London N16 0LH. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates and after party details.
IBikeLondon Halloween Bike Ride
Not for the faint-hearted, this 23 mile ride takes you over 11 bridges between Tower Bridge and Hammersmith Bridge and past a number of London’s famous landmarks. It goes without saying that fancy dress is highly encouraged and they’ll have a disco bike and music bikes pumping out tunes en route. You can download the Mapmyride on your phone to follow the route. The ride ends at the Southbank skate park for a disco and beer.
November 2, 7pm. Meet next to City Hall by Tower Bridge (The Queen’s Walk, SE1 2AA) depart at 7:15pm.