Houston offers a diverse, eclectic, and spirited cycling scene.

With temperatures hovering between 50 and 80 degrees for much of the year — and terrain that’s pancake flat — Houston, a recipient of a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community award from the League of American Bicyclists, is on its way to becoming a world-class bicycling city.

For easy spinning and sightseeing, it has a 345-mile interconnected bikeway network, from cool bayou trails to multi-use paths, plus 80 miles of bikeable nature trails. Need more? There’s a velodrome, 18 miles of singletrack, a mountain bike park, and a cyclocross course in town, and decent gravel riding within 90 minutes.

The community goes big when it comes to organized rides and races: the BP MS Houston to Austin Ride, for one, clocks in at 14,000 participants, and the Tour de Houston travels through the city’s historic neighborhoods. Weekly mass rides are booming here too, from the Clutch City Cruisers and the Space City Ryderz to the Midnight Riders and the H-City Cycle Gang.