Our rides are short, at a modest pace and mainly on paths and quiet roads. You don’t therefore need a mountain bike (we don’t do mountains) or a road bike (speed is not our thing). But either will do fine, as will any “normal” bike. Personally I ride a bike with wide-ish tyres, just because I like the comfort.
Do try to make sure it is safe though: pump up the tyres, oil the chain and make sure the brakes work. If you don’t know how, speak to your friendly local bike shop or, better yet, the excellent Bike Station which is a charity specialising in fixing bikes and the like.
Bring some lights too, just in case we get back late – and maybe bring a waterproof jacket as it has been known to rain in Edinburgh …
Although it is actually snowing as I type this, don’t forget that in Summer even the Edinburgh sun can burn the skin, especially if, like me, you are both a desk jockey and somewhat pale of skin. Slap on the sunscreen!