Paris has improved for cyclists the last couple of years since the introduction of the public bike sharing system Velib. Popular amongst both locals and visitors. A lot of people go on their road bikes in one either of the two big parks; Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes. I like going to Vincennes, here’s a good starting point.
Both parks have a bike route that is around 3 km long and there’s always a lot of cyclists that you can join forces with for a couple of laps. During evenings and weekends the peloton grows and it’s beautiful to go lap after lap in high speed until you run out of power. Take a breather and let them ride away, they’ll be back in a few minutes if you want to have a go again. But there’s plenty of riders going on their own, so you can join them or go by yourself until the peloton sweeps by again.
Le vélodrome Jacques-Anquetil nicknamed La Cipale
This is an historic velodrome that’s been under construction lately. Not sure of todays status. La Cipale is an enormous velodrome that was built 1894. It was the finish line of the Tour de France between 1968 and 1974, most notably seeing Eddy Merckx winning each of his five Tour victories here.
This is also the home of bicycle club Paris Cycliste Olympique.
Next up are two shops that I like. One is old school and tradition, the other carries the new shit. I usually get what I need between the two.