Kyrgyzstan is a beautiful country to cycle in, and you can write a book about the where and how of it all. This will have to come later, though. Here are some short basics for those considering cycling in Kyrgyzstan. Let us know what you are missing from these pages, so we can add it!
Traffic in Kyrgyzstan is generally sparse. The cars that you do encounter on the road, however, drive dangerously. Speeding, overtaking on the inside, ignoring traffic lights and whizzing you by very closely is all common. Drunk driving is common too, as is buying your driver’s licence. It is advised not to cycle after dark, when these dangers multiply.
Bicycle for rent
Freebike rents out bicycles in Bishkek, as does Karakol Bikes in Karakol.
Roads, repair and maps in Kyrgyzstan
Bike on train or bus
The only trains in Kyrgyzstan are headed north. These are nice stretches to cycle, but if you don’t want to, you can put your bicycle on the train. Getting anywhere else with your bicycle will prove to be a hassle, since there are no large buses in Kyrgyzstan, only marshrutkas and shared taxis.
It will take some time negotiating to find someone who can take your bicycle.