upcoming events

Back for its fifth year, Ride Helen promises to be one of the region’s biggest and best cycling...
You can buy a good second hand refurbished bike from Re-Cycle to help with their fund raising.

Everyone loves the Wivenhoe Trail, but help is needed to keep this stretch of the River Colne...

The main path through Hilly Fields will be closed for resurfacing work.

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Helping you and your bike

Quick links to help get you back in the saddle and your bike back on the road. If you are looking for some advice that isn't here, please get in touch.

What do you need help with?

Learning to ride a bike or improving your confidence as an adult

CTC Cycling Champions for confidence sessions and gentle group bike rides
Contact Richard Monk for a chat on 01206 506412 or email richard.monk@ctc.org.uk

Bikeability training for children?
Contact hilary.wicks@essex.gov.uk at Essex County Council

Getting hold of a second hand bike that you know is in good condition and safe

Re-Cycle has refurbished bikes on sale on the last Saturday of each month.

Michael Cycles is based in Colchester and sells refurbished second hand bikes.

Help to get your bike road worthy and safe

Local Bike Kitchens

Friendly community workshops offering regular drop in sessions with volunteers on hand and all the right tools to help you mend or tune your bike.

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen

Mechanic Mondays are drop in sessions from 7pm to 9pm when you can get help from our volunteer team to fix your bike using all the right tools.

Sort it Out Saturdays are like Mondays only on a different day and from 2pm to 4.
Both sessions are based @ 'The Store' on the junction of St John's Rd and The Folly, approx CO7 9DR

Colchester Bike Kitchen

First and third Satruday of the month, 1 - 4pm at The Wating Room off Queen Street. See Colchester Bike Kitchen facebook page for more details.

List of local bike shops

Free basic bike check (this will be a basic check, which will highlight any work required - minor tweaks will be made)

University of Essex
For students and staff, a Dr Bike is on site every Wednesday

Velo Cycling and Coffee
Community cafe offering repair service and bike rides. Velo offer a free Dr Bike health check at 22 Church Walk, Colchester.  First Friday of each month 8:30am - 1pm

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen
Free bike checks & tune ups including minor adjustments and puncture repairs at the monthly  (3rd Saturday of every month) Wivenhoe Farmers' Market, 9.30 to 12.30 at the Congregational Hall, High St.

Dr Bike at Cycle Colchester events over the summer - subscribe to our monthly newsletter

Maintenance classes to help you maintain your bike

The following organisations periodicaly offer good value bike maintenance sessions to teach you how to maintain your own bike.

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen

Velo Cycling and Coffee

CTC Cycling Champions

If you want to try some repairs at home, see self help 'How to' video tutorials at Made Good 

General advice on which bike to buy

Colchester Cycling Campaign offers lots of advice on which bike to buy, carrying children, carrying loads, locks and helmets.

Persuading your school to support and promote active travel

Check out the following websites for ideas, support and contacts. Both operate in Essex

Eco Race

Modeshift STARS

Borrowing a bike

CTC Cycle Champions have bikes to borrow to participate in their bike rides

There is limited bike hire in Colchester, Greater Anglia have a bike hire scheme called Bike and Go

Bike Security

Local police and Colchester Borough Council launched Bike Wise to promote better bike security. Read more on lock types and locking your bike





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local riders

This month, our interviewee is Vince Langdon-Morris who grew up in South Africa and is now Managing Director of Re-Cycle, the international charity based in Wormingford which ships bikes to trusted partners - in Africa. More

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