• Replay229

    Hello to everybody,

    I'm actually living in Belgium and I'm planning to move to Prague to live there next year.

    My passion is mountain biking since serveral years, mainly marathons and cross country.

    I'm wondering if I could continue to mountain biking when I'll live there (I dont want to stop my sport).

    I have a good level in marathon so I'd like to know if it's possible to make tracks from 60 to 120 km…

    I didnt decide yet where i'll live but my girldfriend would like to live in the city center (any advice is welcome)… a good compromise between city center and a short way to reach some nice tracks would be great !

    I don't speak CZECH, I only speak english !

    I got a garmin GPS where I can charge tracks on it…

    Thanks in Advance for your advices,

    Simon

    • tonik666  

      So what is actually the question? Where to live?

      When I was doing the same choice, I picked this place: https://mapy.cz/s/1v9C7

      One of the best locations in the south, metro Budejovicka just in front of the house, large riding location nearby (Krcsky les), a good connection to railway (Nadrazi Krc) and good connection to the riverside bike path for riding south (where the best biking near prague is)

    • jonti  

      Hello Simon, you can continue mountainbiking in Prague.

      Where you live in Prague is important, it's usually not worth crossing the whole city (>20km) for riding on the other side.

      Most of the good trails in the south and east. Depending on where you'll work it's best to live near a metro station, I suggest the C line between Vysehrad and Kacerov stations.

      You can surely find some videos of trails on youtube, look for keywords: Točná, Kunraťák, Prokopské údolí, Prokopák, Cukrák, Transbrdy.

      If you want to have some more trail fun in the summer check mtbtrilogy.cz.

    • tomasjirka.cz  

      Hi Simon,

      You can have a look at some nice tips at Biko Adventures website. An italian guy who has moved to Prague few year ago and started living there :)

      As it was also said before, nice trails are on the south / southeast, so this part of the city is good for you, Podoli maybe, quite nice locality, close to the center, close to „Tocna“ and other nice bike parts of the city :)

      You can also catch a metro with bike to go out of the city, doesn't really make sense to ride bike inside, especially not in the centre.

    • novas752  

      I think, it can be better here than in Belgium. :) Prague is quite good area for mtb.

      You should definitely choose some southern of city center – on the northern and eastern part of Prague, there are not so many options for mtb as on south and west.

      I live in Prague 13, we have metro line „B“ (10–15min to center) across whole housing estate, big mall near Nové Butovice station, huge mall and some other shops near Zličín station. And, there is small but nice place for mtb Prokopské údolí (Prokop's Valley) also called „Prokopák“ just few hundred meters from block of flats. Bigger and the best known area „Točná“ (consist of Modřanská rokle, area around small airport Točná, ruins of huge Celtic stronghold on the top of hills Šance and Závist and few deep valleys southern) is around 10–15km away. Southern from Prague 13 and Prokopák is not so famous (in mtb point of view) but large and nice area „Český kras“ and more southern, there are nice valleys around Sázava and Vltava rivers and Brdy-Hřebeny ridge (200–600m above sea level).

      You should check www.trailforks.com, there are most of trails in near surroudings of Prague (XC bike is good enough for most of them). And you have to download mapy.cz app to your phone – great free offline maps, way better than google. ;)

      If you would like to ride with local bikers, write a post here or to Facebook group „Bajkování v Praze a okolí“.

      PS: Sorry for my english. :)

    • scota  

      The largest forest in Prague on the East suburbs. His name is Klanovicky forest. It is 20 minutes by train from Masaryk Station, whitch is in the center of Prague.

      https://mapy.cz/s/1vdq1

      50.0871614N, 14.6635333E

    • jsflyin  

      Hi.

      I would recommend you getting a flat nearby a metro station. Our metro is the only public transport vehicle where you can transport bike in. And it can get you to good mtb locations :)

    • Replay229  

      Hello Guys,

      This is it, I'm gonna move to Prague soon !

      I found a job and I'll start that new job on the 1st of december.

      As you already know, I'm a mountain bike addict and it's important for me to be able to continue my sport in Prague (XC and Marathon).

      I have to admit that my budget to find a flat is really small and I said to my self that it will be difficult to have everything I need to continue biking in good condition… the flat that I'll rent will not be so big and I'll need a secured place where to let my bike, also I need to be able to wash it whenever I need, so I was expecting to find a flat with a common garden or private one (but as I said my budget is low and I'm not optimistic about that).

      Also, I'd like to register myself in a club to meet some new people and discover some tracks…

      Have you got any suggestions that could help me?

      Thanks in advance,

      Simon

      • McBlacky  

        you can wash the bike on petrol stations. There is a plenty of those offering high pressure water. for 10czk you will manage to get off the worst for 20czk you can do thorough cleaning.

      • nzg  

        Hi Simon,

        Common garden is not secure place neither private one. Even cellar is not good solution in most cases.

        Best way to keep you bike safe is directly in flat. Buy some wall hanger and you and your bike will sleep well :-)

        About rides – there are some paids rides (trail guide), but better way is to connect with people via this forum or FB sites like https://www.facebook.com/…69844132024/ or if you are roadie https://www.facebook.com/groups/GKV.ms/

        Also strava clubs helps a lot.

      • m9ra  

        As nzg said, best way to keep your bike safe is directly in flat.

        For flats check sreality.cz or bezrealitky.cz there you will find all flats on market.

      • bezdratova.sprcha  

        A solution to your bike cleaning problem

        Keeping your bike clean on a flat can be a hassle and getting to a gas station every time you need to wash the damn thing will discourage you from doing so often enough. Especially if you want to be able to clean both the frame and drivetrain in one go within a 30 minute time frame. Carrying a degreaser, rags and what not to the gas station, setting up shop there and then packing everything afterwards. Been there, done that, never again.

        A 5 litre pressure sprayer (like the one in the link above) is enough to give one bike a generous cleaning or a quick (but complete) clean to two bikes. Might not be enough of a cleaning for the obsessive roadie type, but for a hobbyist XC rider it will do the trick. The water pressure alone isn't enough to get aggressive dirt off though. I'd recommend getting some bike specific washing solution to help with that, but car shampoo without wax works just as well. Some people will argue that it can contaminate your rotors… well, don't spray it on the rotors, duh!

        As for bike storage, try to find a flat that has a basement included in the deal, unless you're keen on keeping your bike inside the actual apartment. The only other alternative i can think of is renting a garage, which doesn't really make sense unless you have a whole fleet of bikes.

        As you're about to find out, very few people in Czech Republic speak English fluently enough to have a casual conversation, and that's if they speak English at all. So if you're the chatty type, you might find yourself frustrated sometimes. You're not very likely to casually bump into riders who speak English and are willing to show you around. Finding a club or a group of people to ride with is definitely a good idea. I'd start on Facebook. Maybe try to get in touch with them before you even arrive. Having someone showing you around the locale right off the bat is probably better than exploring it on your own.

        • novas752  

          Or 1–2 10l buckets of water + 10l can, some sponge or big brushes like these: and some bike cleaner like Cyclostar with spray. And cheap bikestand from Lidl.

          And for cleaning of chain, you will need quick link + 2 bottles – one with oil (diesel), one with water + few ml of cyclostar.

          • bezdratova.sprcha  

            Whatever floats your boat. The sprayer can be stored wherever with water in it without running a risk of spillage. But if you're the bucket and sponge kinda guy, that's also an option.

      • jc1978  

        Hi Simon,

        Im pretty much same wagon as u mate, i live in Prague and love mtb, its a great place to live and to ride, can find places to ride in, just outside city and around country.

        best of luck with move

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