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Berlin's surrounding countryside is a great place for cycling. It would be great to explore it by bike during nice summer days. The idea is to have fun days out with a diverse group of expats and Berliners who share love for cycling and beer :)

We'll aim at planning a weekly rides on Sundays (occasionally shifted to Saturday depending upon the weather) each weekend during the months of summer. The rides will start at an Sbahn or Regional train stop that takes us out of the crowded streets and will either end at the same stop or another depending on the route.

This is social cycling. A day tour will usually be between 50 and 80 km, during which we ride for an hour or so (around 18-20 km), then stop for a beer and/or some food. Then we ride on, stopping a total of two or three times. We'll plan our routes through forests , quiet countryside paths and away from busy roads.

What you must always bring: A bike in good working order, warm clothes, sunglasses/suncream, water, raingear, sufficient cash, lights. Basic tools and a spare inner tube are recommended. We strongly recommend you wear a helmet.

Bike: Our rides are mostly on cycle paths, quiet roads and gravel tracks. Mountain/hybrid/trekking/touring bikes are suitable, but good cyclists can and do sometimes use road (or city) bikes. The bike must have both brakes working and the gears and tires must be in good condition. You also need to know how to actually ride the bike.

Who can come: Anyone who wants to see the surrounding area by bicycle and meet fun new people, and who can manage about 18 km per hour.

What else? Things don't always work out as planned. Weather, trains, and conditions can change without notice, so a resilient sense of humour is always required. This is a meeting of friends organized by unpaid volunteers so you remain responsible for your own safety.

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