Through storytelling, good food and group bonding, Richmond Rides offers innovative bike tours in Richmond. Guides are passionate about history of Richmond from Captain Christopher Newport rowing down the James with Native American guides to how the food scene has evolved in Church Hill. Trips stop at local businesses for wine, cider and/or food tasting. Headset walkie-talkies are given to each participant to hear about Richmond's history while biking and to ask questions while on the go.
Richmond Rides is out to prove that a bike is “the best way to experience Richmond." Bike trips are active, leave participants feeling energized and are more flexible than bus trips. Catherine, the owner, lives in Church Hill and has been featured on NPR in news segments about bike-pools and biking as a main form of transportation.
Participants can bring their own bike or if preferred can use one of Richmond Ride's bikes for the tour.
Tours can range from two to five hours with stops and can be customized to focus on food, history, architecture, and flora and fauna of Richmond.
Visits can include Libby Hill Park, Chimborazo Park, Jefferson Park and Union Hill neighborhood. Riders can also visit any number of Chuch Hill's food gems along the route including Metzger Bar, Roosevelt, Sub Rosa and Dutch and Company.
Add-ons include food, wine or cider tasting, which can be ordered ahead of time from a menu through Richmond Rides. Tours are rain or shine and in the case of rain ponchos are provided; electronic headsets are waterproof.
Tours can be cancelled up to three days in advance.
The maximum tour size is 20 people and the minimum age is eight-years-old, although kids must bring their own bike. Groups typically meet at WPA Bakery at the corner of 27th and Marshall in Church Hill.
This business is available for private events year round.
Closed during winter
Rental bike for the tour
An electronic headset that allows people to talk to one another and hear the guide during the tour
Rain ponchos are provided in case of rain
Water is included on all tours
Food tasting at any number of Church Hill's food gems including Metger Bar, Roosevelt, Sub Rosa and Dutch and Company
Wine or cider tasting at local establishments
The maximum tour size is 20 people. The minimum recommended age is 8 years old.
Outside catering is welcome.
Add-ons include food, wine or cider tasting, which can be ordered ahead of time from a menu through Richmond Rides.
We have a fleet of 20 Priority bicycles and helmets available for tours. We also have a Burley trail-a-bike and a trailer for children and several children's bicycles. Please email or call ahead to reserve the children's bicycles.
You are welcome to bring your own bike if you want to. If you do bring your own bike, please let us know and don't forget your helmet! Don't forget to let us know when you book and you'll receive 10% off your booking for bringing your own bike.
If you can walk around for 2-3 hours at a moderate pace, stopping often to see views and eat good food, you’ll be golden.
Just like skiing or ice skating, biking is awesome when its cold. Make sure to dress warmly and bring gloves.
Church Hill Signature Tour is 2 hours long. Foodie Tour is 3 hours long. City Center tour is 3 hours long.
We’ll give you a full refund if you cancel at least 24 hours before your scheduled tour. In the event of thunderstorms, we will cancel and refund you for the tour.
We provide water on all our tours.
We make every effort to accommodate food allergies. The Church Hill Signature Tour has Vegan options at every food stop and Gluten Free options at 1 stop.
We can discuss several options for where private tours will start. Just email us and we’ll be happy to accommodate you if we can.
Loved this bike tour! Church Hill has such an incredible history, I highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves history, Richmond, community or exploration!
Arielle, CHPN (Website)
This tour was very well done and the food was great! It is clear that the information and the path were carefully planned out–the tour was thought provoking, yet fun. I highly recommend it for individuals, couples or groups!
Stacey, CHPN (Website)
Matt and Catherine were our guides and they exceeded expectations. A great way to entertain out of town guests!
Gregory O. (TripAdvisor)
Went on the foodie tour this past weekend and had a great time. Good food, good view, and a bit of history. The bikes are very comfortable. This is a must do!