Sheffield Friday Night Ride isn’t a club you need to join, and it doesn’t cost a penny to take part. Enticing even the most amateur of cyclists with mottos like "no-one gets left behind, and no-one gets too far ahead" and "we have nothing to lose but our chains", SFNR is a chance to throw off the shackles of the week and ride round the city with like-minded spirits.
Each ride follows a theme, which – in the past – have ranged from 60s Sheffield to social housing to breweries. They've even done rides that end with yoga sessions, and at Christmas they tend to pay a visit to some of the city's most illuminated streets. They're all meticulously researched and planned and, whatever the theme, you'll likely be led to corners of the city you’ve never been to before. Whichever route the ride takes, at some point there’ll be an incredible view, and, being Sheffield, a really big hill to free-wheel down. The rides tend to make a few stops for the leader to share entertaining facts about the city. And they always wind up at a good pub, where you’ll be able to wash down a beverage or two with your new cycling buddies.
Check the SFNR site before you plan to join a ride for up-to-date information on theme and weather.