Rio has a considerable number of bike paths. Those in search of a languorous outing can take to the paths that line the beaches (stretching from Flamengo to Leblon and then along Barra) and ring the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.
Meanwhile, hard-core jocks can take on the steep trails leading into the Floresta da Tijuca.
You can rent bikes in many places along the Zona Sul beaches and around the Lagoa. A particularly wide range of models are available at Special Bike (www.specialbike.com.br) in both Botafogo (Rua São João Batista 21-A, tel. 21/2539-0693) and Ipanema (Rua Visconde de Pirajá 135-B, tel. 21/2267-7778) for around R$60 a day.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition