Why cycle?

We say, why not?!

Since the Durban beachfront was regenerated for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, it just keeps getting better and better. The 6km of esplanade from Ushaka Marine World to the Umgeni River at Blue Lagoon is world class. It’s a well maintained, clean, wide stretch of pavement which runs along the ocean creating a cycling heaven.

Here at Xpression On The Beach we have over 35 bicycles – children’s bikes, tandem bicycles, exceptionally comfortable cruisers (with child seats) as well as mountain bikes for those who want to pick up the pace.

We’re lucky in Durban – most of the year we experience clear sunshine filled skies and relatively little wind. It’s the perfect place to cycle.

Brandon and I cycle every day before we open the shop – it’s a privilege to work at the beachfront and be able to cycle 12kms adjacent to the Indian Ocean – an excellent warm up before we Stand Up Paddle.

Perhaps it wasn’t the best day to showcase Durban, owing to the overcast skies, but nevertheless, a grey day is still good for a cycle – so off I went with my camera this morning to capture the ‘hot spots’ and some scenic views along the route. We can recommend Afro’s – the best chicken in Durban for a bite to eat and Bike & Bean for a pit stop along the way for coffee with a view. Moses Mabhida Stadium is also easily accessible .

From XOTB at Addington Beach to the Blue Lagoon, it is a scenic 6km paddle, or a 12km round trip.

 

 

Moyo Pier - The start of the 6km beachfront.

Moyo Pier – The start of the 6km beachfront.

Tandems and comfy cruisers for hire

Tandems and comfy cruisers for hire

 

Cycle through the tunnel to Moses Mabhida

Cycle through the tunnel to Moses Mabhida

 

Tandems and comfy cruisers for hire

Tandems and comfy cruisers for hire

 

The end of the esplanade at the Umgeni River

The end of the esplanade at the Umgeni River

 

View of the bay from Ushaka Marine World

View of the bay from Ushaka Marine World

 

XOTB above the Surf Riders Cafe

XOTB above the Surf Riders Cafe

 

 

Hiring a bike at XOTB is really simple.

Innocent and Lucas will be awaiting you and will set you up with bicycles – we take extra care to make sure your tyres are pumped, your seat adjusted correctly, and bike is in perfect working order. Maintenance is an ongoing daily event at XOTB.

Bring your ID or Driver’s Licence as a deposit. Come into the shop and pay R60 for one hour, or R90 for two. Leave any bags or valuables in the shop, and go for a cruise.

Some people come and hire a mountain bike for a power pedal. Some haven’t cycled for years and despite admitting to being quite daunted, soon discover that you really do, never forget how to ride a bicycle! Seeing people return so exhilarated after not cycling for 20 years is fantastic!

Some people hire a tandem – especially if one person doesn’t know how to ride – they hop on the back and the person on the front takes control. Lucas and Innocent are happy to help anyone who wants to learn to cycle to gain some confidence on the flat stretch of pavement immediately outside the shop.

Our cruisers with their wide handle bars and big comfortable seats are very popular. Uncomfortable saddles are a big no-no!

We have never met anyone who hasn’t really enjoyed their cycle – and everyone enjoys it for a different reason.

We now have a loyalty card programme for our regular customers – cycle five times and get your sixth ride free. At R60 an hour what have you got to lose? We think it beats a bike in the gym any day!

 

Bicycle Hire at Xpression on the Beach : Addington Beach, Durban

Words by Charlotte, Durban Xpression on the Beach