THE SPIN CYCLES
Beijing: The days of Mao’s pedalling masses are gone, but a fifth of the city still cycles to work. Traffic is terrible, and parts of the cycle-lane network have been ripped up. But keep with the two-wheeled crowds and you’ll be fine. Bike Beijing rents bikes and offers guided tours. More: bikebeijing.com. Berlin: Wide, flat roads, 620km of cycle paths and considerate drivers (as long as you obey the rules). The classic ride is the Berlin Wall trail, a 159km loop with memorials to those who died trying to cross the death zone. More: Amsterdam: The world’s urban cycling capital is a supremely civilised place for a spin. Cycles rule the roads. Note that hire bikes use back-pedalling brakes, which take some getting used to. More: rentabike.nl. Miami: The weather’s perfect, the terrain’s flat and the Deco Bike scheme allows you to pick up and dock bicycles along the length of Miami Beach. The lazy can just cruise the strip in their shades; the vigorous should head across the Venetian Causeway to the Design District. More: decobike.com.