cycling in malaysia

Cycling in Malaysia – 26 Exciting Routes & Local Tips! 

Cycling in Malaysia is the hottest sport in this tropical country right now!

Does Malaysia come to mind when you think of a cycling destination? 

It certainly was not on the top of my list until I moved to this beautiful country.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be so excited to see the beauty of this country on two wheels!

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Malaysia is best known for its islands, rustic charms, and city sights, which is why cycling in Malaysia is attracting people from all walks of life!.

I recently took up cycling in Malaysia and one thing is for sure, there are plenty of cool cycling routes to beat the heat as well as a wide range of difficult trails that will make you question your fitness level.

Whether you are a first-time travel cyclist or a seasoned rider, there is something for everyone who wants to go cycling through Malaysia.

 Are you ready to find out all you need to know about cycling in Malaysia? Let’s go the distance!

26 Routes to Cycle in Malaysia

Cycling in Kuala Lumpur

1. River of Life
2. Perdana Botanical Gardens
3. Bukit Tunku
4. FRIM
5. Bukit Kiara
6. Desa ParkCity

Cycling in Selangor

7. Taman Botani Negara, Shah Alam
8. Elmina Central Park, Shah Alam
9. Broga Loop, Semenyih
10. Gombak to Genting Sempah
11. Hulu Langat to Genting Peres
12. Kapar to Kampung Sungai Janggut
13. Kuala Selangor to Sekinchan
14. Bukit Jugra
15. TREX Bike Park

Cycling in Putrajaya

16. Putrajaya Challenge Park

Cycling in Pahang

17. Fraser’s Hill

Cycling in Penang (Penang Island)

18. Batu Ferringhi
19. Teluk Bahang Dam
20. Balik Pulau

Cycling in Perak

21. Taiping Lake Gardens
22. Teluk Intan

Cycling in Kedah

23. Langkawi

Cycling in Johor

24. Tanjung Piai

Cycling in Terengganu

25. Federal Route 3

Cycling in Sabah

26. Kiulu, Sabah 

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Cycling in Kuala Lumpur

1. River Of Life

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Photo taken by Muhammad Anual Jamal from Shutterstock

The River of Life was an urban river restoration project for two of Klang Valley’s main rivers: Gombak River and Klang River.

It now consists of a state-of-the-art water installation and is listed as one of the top 10 most beautiful waterfronts in the world!

The River of Life is nearest to Dataran Merdeka where the popular KL Car – Free Mornings are held. 

On every first and third Sunday of the month from 7 am to 9 am, a portion of Kuala Lumpur will be closed for people to run, cycle, walk or skate as part of the city’s initiative to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Definitely check the River of Life out when you are here for KL’s Car Free Morning events! The routes in the city are flat and smooth.

Local tip: This location is nearby many popular restaurants such as Soong Kee Beef Ball Noodle

Route Difficulty: Easy

Location: Route 

Cycling Distance: 7 km (4.34 miles)

2. Perdana Botanical Gardens

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Formerly known as Lake Gardens, it is a public park of around 170 acres, surrounded by a collection of tropical plants. 

Situated strategically near landmark locations like Taman Tugu Negara and the Butterfly Park, you can take your time to cycle around the park before visiting nearby attractions. 

This park is so huge that you will want to be on a bicycle for this!

The park is also well maintained with multiple cycling routes (walking pavements and roads) so you can get a glimpse of the different gardens. 

There are also gazebos and cafes located around the park if you need to make a pit stop.

It is best to head there early in the morning (around 7 am) or you will be soaking in sweat at the beginning of your bike ride!

Route Difficulty: Easy

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 2.3 km (1.4 miles)

3. Bukit Tunku

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Bukit Tunku is a hilly area that is often described as “the Beverly Hills of Malaysia” as it comprises many luxury residences and foliage. 

This high-end neighborhood is also connected to popular Kuala Lumpur locations such as Dataran Merdeka, Bank Negara, and Mont Kiara. 

Start your cycling route either from Solaris Hartamas or Taman Tugu and make your way to the main attraction of this route which is located in front of the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur’s residence on top of the hill. 

Once there, you will find a majestic view of the city center so have your cameras ready!

Do note that the roads at Bukit Tunku are very narrow. Hence, please cycle with caution.

Route Difficulty: Intermediate 

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 3.4 km (2.11 miles)

4. Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) / Kepong Botanic Gardens

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FRIM is actually an R & D institution and not a public recreational park. 

However, the institution allows the public to visit Kepong Botanic Gardens at certain times for recreational activities like jogging and cycling:

  • Monday to Thursday: 7:30 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm 
  • Closed on Friday

There is also a small entrance fee of RM 5 ($ 1.14) per car and RM 1 ($ 0.23) per adult citizen and RM 5 ($ 1.14) per adult non-citizen. 

Do note that certain areas may be restricted so take note of the signboards when you are there. Check out the waterfalls there after a good sweat!

Route Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 4.5 km (2.8 miles)

5. Bukit Kiara

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If you are looking for bumpy and steep jungle trails in the city, Bukit Kiara is the perfect place. 

A popular venue among mountain bikers, you will find many cycling routes to explore here and there are names for these routes as well! Watch out for muddy trails, loads of pedestrians, and fallen trees that may obstruct the route.

If you prefer a more casual ride, there are also well-maintained pathways around the park near Taman Tun neighborhood.  

Route Difficulty: Easy (park), Intermediate-advanced (jungle trails)

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 15 km (9.32 miles)

6. The Central Park, Desa ParkCity

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When it comes to well-maintained parks with great amenities, Desa ParkCity is a great place for cycling in Kuala Lumpur. 

The Central Park has a wide tree-lined nine-foot-wide pathway for joggers and cyclists that loops around a pristine lake as well as a nearby mall with great food choices such as Kenny Hills Bakers

It is also one of the most popular dog-friendly parks so if you are not a fan of furry friends zooming around, it is best to avoid this area.

Route Difficulty: Easy

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 2.57 km (1.6 miles)

Cycling in Selangor

7. Taman Botani Negara, Shah Alam

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Taman Botani Negara (translates to National Botanical Garden) is Malaysia’s first agricultural park constructed in 1986. With over 1,295 hectares (3,200 acres) of flora and fauna, it is one of the world’s biggest botanical gardens.

You will not be bored cycling around this park as there are multiple gardens and a 72-hectare (178-acre) animal park that is home to ponies, deers, and many more. 

The roads are easy to ride on with some steep hills along the way. 

There is a small entrance fee of RM 3 ($ 0.68) per adult. Rental bikes are also available. 

Route Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 21 km (13.37 miles)

8. Elmina Central Park, Shah Alam – Guthrie Corridor Expressway

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Elmina Central Park is a recreational park that is known for its iconic rainbow walkway as well as a wide cycling and jogging track. 

The Elmina Central Park cycling route is about 4.50 km (2.8 miles) of easy riding around the lake. 

However, if you are keen on some road cycling, you can cycle along the Guthrie Corridor Expressway (GCE) using the motorist pathway. 

There is a cycling loop that goes from Bukit Jelutong up to the interconnected point at the flyover between GCE and LATAR Expressway. The road is relatively flat with little congestion.

Do note that there are minimal amenities here (no nearby restaurants or public toilets) so bring your own food and drinks!

Route Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 

  • Elmina Central Park: 4.50 km (2.8 miles) 
  • Elmina – GCE loop: 23 km (14.29 miles)

9. Broga Loop, Semenyih

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The original Broga Loop was a 117 km (72 miles) ride. However, there is a recommended shorter route by an enthusiastic cyclist that covers only 37 km (23 miles). 

Broga Loop starts at the border of Selangor-Negeri Sembilan nearer to Semenyih and crosses over to Negeri Sembilan. 

You will enjoy the view as you go into Mantin, a town in Negeri Sembilan, where you will find rustic villages and oil palm and rubber plantations with minimal traffic. 

The border along Selangor and Negeri Sembilan is slightly hilly but you will be blessed by the scenery of the mountains. 

Route difficulty: Intermediate

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 37 km (23 miles). 

10. Gombak to Genting Sempah 

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This route is a great training ground for beginners who are looking to experience the thrill of road cycling.

It is a 15.6 km (9.7 miles) uphill ride from the Gombak Orang Asli Museum to the flyovers at Genting Sempah. 

Although the route is relatively straight forward, you will need to watch out for traffic as it is a winding and narrow road where many vehicles will use to bypass the Karak Highway tolls. 

On the way back, quench your thirst with this nearby drink stall called Kappi by the Pencawang bridge that serves freshly brewed coffee and cold drinks.

Route Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 15.6 km (9.7 miles)

11. Hulu Langat to Genting Peras

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A popular route that is considered a cyclist’s heaven, this bike ride consists of a 19 km (11.80 miles) climb up to the Genting Peras signboard. 

The section from Pekan Batu 18 Hulu Langat to Simpang Peras is a gradual climb and gets steeper after Simpang Peras. 

Although the route has plenty of lush greeneries, you would still want to start your route early to avoid the scorching sun. There is minimal road traffic and you will bump into many cyclists here as well!

Route Difficulty: Intermediate
Location:
Route

Cycling Distance: 19 km (11.80 miles) 

12. Kapar to Kampung Sungai Janggut

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Tucked in a small corner of Klang are multiple villages or “kampung” in Malay, namely Kampung Sungai Janggut. 

If you enjoy cycling in the countryside, you will most certainly like this village. 

Kampung Sungai Janggut is the typical location you will find in many “Hari Raya” videos: wooden architecture homes, fruit orchards, and plenty of palm trees. It is a perfect getaway from civilization. 

Some of these houses are available for homestay.

 There are also plenty of food choices around the area.

Route Difficulty: Easy

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 9 km (5.6 miles)

13. Kuala Selangor to Sekinchan

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Both Kuala Selangor and Sekinchan have their own local attractions. 

Kuala Selangor is known for its famous “mirror lake” photos as well as its strong population of fireflies. Sekinchan is famous for its paddy fields as well as the various factories located around this quaint fishing village. 

The main road (Route 5) from Kuala Selangor to Sekinchan is straightforward, although there can be heavy traffic at times. 

Route Difficulty: Easy  – Intermediate

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 19.6 km (12.18 miles)

14. Bukit Jugra

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Bukit Jugra is a historical town located in Kuala Langat. It is a popular location for outdoor activities such as paragliding, hiking, and cycling.

You can start your route at Tesco Jenjarom and head towards Bukit Jugra for a 23-km (14.29 miles) bike ride. 

The road going to Bukit Jugra is well-shaded but gets steeper going up the hill. From Bukit Jugra, you will have an unobstructed view of the Straits of Malacca. 

If you are interested in other sports activities while enjoying the scenic view, try paragliding which is located at the foot of the lighthouse. 

Route Difficulty: Intermediate

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 23 km (14.29 miles) 

15. TREX Bike Park

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TREX Bike Park at Grandeur Lab is located in Puncak Alam. 

A family and kid-friendly bike park, it consists of a 2 km (1.24 miles) bike course with multiple winding paths. There are also nearby restaurants and on certain occasions, there will be food bazaars around the area as well.

If you are planning to bring your own bike, there is a RM 5  ($1.14) entry ticket. 

There are limited bikes available for rent, but they do have a variety of bikes, from city bikes to bikes with a baby carrier. The park opens only at 9 am so avoid coming too early to avoid disappointment!

Route Difficulty: Easy 

Location: Route

Cycling Distance:  2 km (1.24 miles)

Cycling in Putrajaya

16. Putrajaya Challenge Park

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The Putrajaya Challenge Park has multiple facilities that are catered to skateboarders, roller skaters, rock climbers, and cyclists alike.

There are 5 bike trails nearby, mainly for mountain bike riders, from beginner routes to advanced trails with steep routes. 

The bike routes are very well-maintained with clear signage as well. 

The best thing about this place is its facilities. 

Cleanliness must be their second name as there is a bike wash area and spick-and-span shower stalls. There is also a local restaurant located closer to the rock climbing facilities for some quick bites. 

Route Difficulty: Easy – Advanced

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 9.1 km (5.65 miles)

Cycling in Pahang

17. Fraser’s Hill

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Once a British colonial station, this place is now known for its tranquillity. 

Fraser’s Hill is the perfect “off-the-grid” location as it is almost impossible to get a good network connection within this highland rainforest. 

If you are looking for a cooling and fun challenging ride, start from Kuala Kubu Bharu for a 40 km climb to this village. 

Local tip: Don’t forget to get a good photo shot when you pass by the Sungai Selangor Dam!

Route Difficulty: Intermediate 

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 40 km (24.85 miles)

Cycling in Penang (Penang Island)

18. Batu Ferringhi

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Batu Ferringhi is on the northern coast of the island and the top beach destination for tourists. It is known for its night market and water sports activities. 

There are a few winding and narrow roads along the way, and cyclists are advised to watch out for cars. 

Many seasoned cyclists would cycle to Batu Ferringhi and the Penang government recognizes this demand

Cyclists will rejoice as the seaside stretch from Gurney Drive to Batu Ferringhi will be part of the Penang Bicycle Master Plan which is due for its completion in 2021. 

Route difficulty: Easy – Intermediate

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 9.4 km (5.84 miles)

19. Teluk Bahang Dam

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If you have time to spare from Batu Ferringhi, you can ride a couple of miles west to Teluk Bahang, where you will find Penang’s drinking water source, the Teluk Bahang Dam. 

Many cyclists and joggers enjoy working out around here as you will find a serene lake and a beautiful sea view on the horizon. 

There are also lush greeneries around to keep you cool during your bike ride. Some would call it a cycling paradise on this relatively flat land!

Route difficulty: Easy-Intermediate
Location:
Route

Cycling Distance: 6.6 km (4.10 miles)

20. Balik Pulau

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Balik Pulau means “the back of the island”. 

If you are looking for peace and nature, Balik Pulau is the perfect place to ride your bicycle and forget that you are in one of the most densely populated cities in Malaysia. 

You will find fruit farms, paddy fields, and mangroves as you ride along the trails surrounded by mountains and palm trees. 

There are also locally-guided cycling tours around the area if you are keen on exploring their fishing villages such as Kampung Pulau Betong. 

Local tip: If you are a durian lover, come between May to August to taste the best durians in town!

Route difficulty: Easy – Intermediate

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 10 km (6.21 miles)

Cycling in Perak

21. Taiping Lake Gardens

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Did you know that Taiping is known to be one of the top 3 sustainable cities in the world

This is why Taiping Lake Gardens is a must-visit attraction in Taiping.

 A well-managed 160-acre park with vast gardens and clear lakes, you will find picturesque angles at every corner. The trails are lined with beautiful century-old trees with low-hanging branches that arch over the pathway.

There are bike rentals available for a leisure ride around the park.

Difficulty: Easy

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 3.4 km (2.11 miles)

22. Teluk Intan

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The town of Teluk Intan is also known as Diamond Bay. It is filled with historical sites, with its landmark attraction being the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan which was once used as a water storage tower. You can explore the area through the Teluk Intan Heritage Trail where you will find sturdy British colonial buildings.

Local tip: Stop by for some famous local delicacies along the way like Liew Kee Chee Cheong Fun for some mouth-watering noodles. 

Difficulty: Easy

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 6.54 km (4.06 miles)

Cycling in Kedah

23. Langkawi

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Langkawi is not only a top destination for beach resorts but also for major international cycling events like Le Tour De Langkawi and Ironman. 

Known as the Jewel of Kedah, it is indeed a gemstone with its clear waters and variety of historical attractions. 

The roads are in decent condition, although you might find some potholes and routes that need to be repaved.

 Be prepared for an arduous and fun journey with some high elevation routes and the scorching sun! 

Cycle past the paddy fields in Ulu Melaka and the pristine beach at Tanjung Rhu to get some good photo shots!

Route difficulty: Intermediate – Advanced

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 90 km (55.92 miles)

Cycling in Johor

24. Tanjung Piai

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Tanjung Piai is the southernmost point of mainland Asia.

 This is one of the few locations where you can view the two neighboring countries, Malaysia and Singapore at the same time. 

Tanjung Piai has a national park with 1.2 km (0.74 miles) of boardwalks but if you are looking for a longer adventure cycling, you can start cycling from Muar to Tanjung Piai for a two-day cycling tour which would cover 196.3 km (122 miles).

There are many interesting towns along the way, including Parit Jawa, a fishing village known for its “assam pedas” (translated to sour spicy).

Difficulty: Intermediate

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 196.3 km (122 miles)

Cycling in Terengganu

25. Federal Route 3

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Federal Route 3 is a highway route that runs along the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is part of the top 10 list of the best Asian Coast Drives by the National Geographic Society.

The roads are pretty flat in most parts of the Terengganu route and the main attraction is the coastal route between Chukai and Kuala Besut where you can find great seafood choices and quaint villages by the beach. 

The highway covers about 256 km (159 miles) so spread out your traveling days and make pit stops for some good food!

Difficulty: Easy – Intermediate

Location: Route

Cycling Distance : 141 km (87.61 miles)

Cycling in Sabah

26. Kiulu, Sabah 

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Located in northwest Sabah, it is a place that is known for adventurous activities and its beautiful countryside.

 You will find a variety of cycling packages offering half-day cycling tours in Kiulu. 

The route will have a mixture of off-road cycling, some elevation, and steep downhills. 

Start your journey at Pekan Kiulu and experience cycling on a wooden suspension bridge as well as going through the riverside villages by Sungai Tuaran that are home to the Dusun tribe. 

Difficulty: Easy-Intermediate

Location: Route

Cycling Distance: 10 km (6.21 miles)

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FAQ

Is Malaysia Bicycle Friendly?

Yes, Malaysia is a bicycle friendly country. Most urban areas such as Penang Island and Kuala Lumpur have bicycle lanes. There are also many public parks with cycling trails to ride to your heart’s content and enjoy the tropical sceneries. Malaysia continues to improve its cycling infrastructure to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Is Cycling A Sport In Malaysia?

Absolutely yes! Cycling is a sport in Malaysia. According to the National Sport Development Act 1997, cycling is included as a sports activity. Many take up cycling as a recreational sports activity. Other forms of cycling such as track cycling and extreme cycling have gained widespread interest in Malaysia as well. 

Can You Cycle In Kuala Lumpur

Yes, you can cycle in Kuala Lumpur. There are dedicated bicycle lanes in certain areas such as Wangsa Maju, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, and parts of the highway from Mid Valley Megamall to Dataran Merdeka (known as Southwest Dedicated Bicycle Highway). There are also bicycle parking racks at selected train stations. 

Cycling Etiquette And Things To Know Before You Begin

Cycling through Malaysia is exciting but it is important to know the guidelines before embarking on your adventure. 

1. Cycling Etiquette

Always ride cautiously and ride in designated bike paths or as close to the edge of the road as possible.

Potholes are common, especially in rural areas, so always look ahead to avoid any accident. 

2. Cycling on Malaysian highways

You can ride your bicycles on the highway so long you follow the traffic rules. There are no particular bicycle laws that ban bicycles on the road. 

3. Bicycle requirements
According to the Road Traffic Rules 1959, Rule 35 (2) and Rule 35 (3) state that all bicycles must have working front and rear lights, especially at night. 

Rule 42 (1) states that bicycles must be equipped with brakes that operate separately on both tires and must have a working bell.

Failure to adhere to these rules will result in a penalty of up to RM 2,000 ($ 455.68) fine or up to six months imprisonment.

4. Road offenses

According to Road Transport Act 1987, cyclists must obey traffic signs or face the following penalties:

Section 54 (1), reckless and dangerous cycling carries a fine of RM 1,000 to RM 5,000 ($ 227.84 to $1,139.21) or not more than 12 months imprisonment.

Section 79, failing to obey road signs that forbid cycling on highways carries a fine of RM 300 to RM 2,000 ($ 68.35 to $ 455.68).

5. Find a cycling community

If you are new to cycling, it is good to cycle with a more experienced community that is familiar with the roads. Cycling in groups also creates more visibility on the road so that other motor vehicles will be on the lookout. 

Here are some cycling in Malaysia communities you can join and find their latest updates on ride locations!

Klang Valley (Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya)

Penang 

Perak

Johor 

Is It Easy To Get Bicycles In Malaysia?

Yes, it is easy to get bicycles in Malaysia. There are multiple bike shops as well as sports equipment stores located in every state. If the location is not convenient, you can also get it online through e-commerce platforms such as bicyclebuysell, carousell, or Amazon. Some tourist attractions do provide rental bikes as well.

Here are some of our top picks for bike shops in Malaysia: 

Location : here

Located in Subang Jaya, a central town in Klang Valley, you can trust them with their bike knowledge with their 18 years of experience in this industry! They carry all kinds of bikes from mountain bikes to folding bikes and do bike repairs as well.

They are also known for their friendly and helpful staff. If you have no idea what bike works for you, speak to them and they will answer all your questions.

Location: here

At the heart of Kuala Lumpur, there lies a cozy bike shop that carries all your favorite bike brand accessories, even the rare ones like Apidura, POC, KASK and Abus. They are both friendly online and offline and you will feel welcomed in this space!

Whether you are looking for bike parts or you need a bike mechanic, drop by this place!

Location : here

Lim Bike Shop is known to be one of the best bike shops in Penang. With a large selection of Trek bikes, a service center and a spacious unit, you will be window shopping here for hours! The staff are equally knowledgable and friendly.

There is also a cafe next to it called Koffe Penang, so you can have a sip of caffeine while servicing your bike. 

Best Type Of Bikes For Cycling In Malaysia

To find out the best type of bike for cycling in Malaysia, you will need to know the purpose of your bike ride. 

  • For casual, on-road, and commuting:  an urban, road, or hybrid bicycle
  • For mixed terrain and more extreme routes: mountain bike

An entry-level bicycle should cost between RM 300 to RM 2,500 ($ 68.35 to $ 569.61). 

To get the most out of your cycling experience, it is best to purchase it from a bike shop where there are professionals who can get your bicycle assembled and customized to your liking.

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With Malaysia’s mixed terrains and road trails, you will want to be looking for an all-rounder bike. This is why the Decathlon Riverside 500 hybrid bicycle is perfect for its mixture of road and mountain functionality.  

With its ergonomic frame, you can cycle with ease for distances up to 50 km. It has a 9-speed drivetrain with an aluminum body which is lightweight and sturdy. 

It is also a bike that has the most value for money for its benefits!

First impressions are important and the mint green frame will blow you away. You can vividly imagine cruising by the beach (Batu Ferringhi, anyone?) with this stunner. It has wide handlebars with rubber grips so you can ride comfortably in an upright position. 

There are multiple gear options, from a single-speed to a 21-speed. Take it out on a casual ride and watch as you turn heads (and wheels) with this bicycle! 

Made out of high-quality Toray T800 carbon fiber, this road bike is lightweight at 21.6 lbs without sacrificing its durability. It is corrosion resistant which is essential for a significantly humid country like Malaysia. 

It also comes with world-class bike parts with the Shimano 105 shifters, front and rear derailleur, and a 22-speed gear. And to top it all off, it is an excellent bargain at $1,499 when some bike shops would charge over $2,000 for carbon fibre frame bikes! 

Cruising at 20 mph at top speed, the Heybike Mars Electric Foldable Bike comes with 4” fat tires that are suitable for all terrains and seasons. It also comes with a 7-speed Shimano gear as well as a dual shock absorber for a comfortable ride. 

You can also choose 3 different performance modes for your bike: pure electric mode, level pedal-assist mode, and pedaling manually.  

Mountain bikes may cost a fortune but it is not necessary to go down that path. Enter the Schwinn High Timber Mountain Bike, one of the top mountain bikes on Amazon, with over 2,266 reviews and an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars. 

It has a whopping 21-speed gear with sizeable 27.5-inch wheels allowing you to navigate through tough terrains smoothly and caters to tall riders up to 6’2” in height. It is great for beginners looking to explore adventurous routes.

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Ask anyone about folding bikes and the name Brompton will appear. Brompton folding bikes are so widely used that there are specially designed bike suitcases specifically for Brompton folding bikes.

This 4-speed gear system is made for the city, with its titanium rear frame and compact shape. At 22 lbs, you can easily carry this bike on your shoulder and have a hassle-free journey especially when traveling with multiple modes of transportation.

If you are looking for a folding bike that is good for long rides, you can check out our guide for the best folding bikes.

Cycling Events In Malaysia

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With more event organizers getting the green light for large-scale events, expect more cycling Malaysia events near you!


Known as the world’s most iconic amateur cycling race, it is a cycling event for cycling lovers who want to experience the Tour De France concept. There will be 2 distance categories in this race, 60 km (37.28 miles) and 140 km (87 miles)


This is Malaysia’s one-of-a-kind highway night ride which you do not want to miss out on. There are different distance categories, with the longest at 120 km (74.56 miles) on the Kajang-Seremban Highway. 

If you are looking for a casual bike ride event, this event will take the pressure off you. The longest category is 25 km (15.53 miles).

KL Car Free Morning is a well-established “healthy lifestyle” initiative where hundreds of people gather to work out together. You will need to pre-register on their website to participate in this highly popular event. You can also rent a bicycle here for RM 20 ($ 4.55) a ride.  

Note: the event may occur more frequently than their usual bi-weekly schedule. It is best to check their Facebook page for the latest news. 

There is a bike festival in Malaysia and it is happening in Klang Valley! The organizer promises a fun-filled event both for families and cycling enthusiasts alike. There will be manufacturer booths as well as cycling races where you can participate. Check out their website for more updates!

Conclusion

Now that you know the best cycling routes in Malaysia and all that you need to know to embark on this journey, it is time for you to get on those wheels and conquer the roads! 

Make sure you stay safe at all times and keep in mind the guidelines when cycling through Malaysia. Always remember to stay hydrated when cycling in Malaysia as the weather can be unforgiving!

If you like this comprehensive list, do share it with your cyclist friends for some new adventure ideas!

Have you attempted any of these cycling routes on this list? Or you may have some tips to share with the community! Feel free to share your thoughts below!  

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