Go <bike riding><cycling>

Discussion in 'English Only' started by u-1, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. u-1 Senior Member

    Tokyo
    Japanese
    Hello,

    The ohter day, one of my friends asked me if i had any plans for the weekend, so i said, "I might go cycling." Then he told me that "go bike (or bicycle) riding" sounds more natural.

    He is from France and he has a good English. Maybe he is right, but I wanted to know if native speakers agree with him.

    Thank you in advance! :)
     
  2. JulianStuart

    JulianStuart Senior Member

    Sonoma County CA
    English (UK then US)
    You can add "I might go for a bike ride" I don't think any of these sounds unnatural.
     
  3. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    I use cycling for anyone who owns Lycra shorts and clip-in shoes and can fix a flat in about three minutes flat. I use bike riding for more casual cyclists.
     
  4. Parla Member Emeritus

    New York City
    English - US
    Here, we'd say bike riding.
     
  5. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    "Here" being New York, I guess. :) Because when I lived in California, all us serious cyclists cycled. :D
     
  6. u-1 Senior Member

    Tokyo
    Japanese
    Dear all my teachers,

    Thank you for taking your time to answer my question. your informative comments really helped me to see thses two phrasies with new eyes!

    Thank you again!
     
  7. Parla Member Emeritus

    New York City
    English - US
    Yes, here in New York, some of my best friends are serious bike riders. (Not, I hasten to add, "bikers," who ride motorcycles.) :)
     

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