upcoming events

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Castle Park 10.30am-4pm.
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regular cycling activities

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

Bikeability, cycle confidence, and route planning training for adults and children

Find out more at  Safer Essex Roads Partnership

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

Re-Cycle has a Big Bike Sale of refurbished bikes on the last Saturday of each month, bikes to buy are also available during the week.

 

Globe G Sports is based in Colchester and sells refurbished second hand bikes as well as new bikes and accessories.

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

Open twice a week all year round. Drop by and get help to look after your bicycle, anything from inflating tyres to major surgery. Qualified volunteer mechanics can help diagnose problems and the friendly volunteer team will  work with you to carry out repairs.

Mondays 19:00 to 21:00 and Saturdays 14:00 to 16:00 and operates on a donations basis.  bicyclewiv[at]gmail.com or call 07926 463568

The workshop is just off St John's Rd  approx CO7 9DR.

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen
 

Colchester Bike Kitchen

Friendly DIY community bike workshop in the town centre, run completely by volunteers.

For a suggested minimum donation of just £5 you can make use of their full stocked workshop to work on your own bike, either on your own or under the supervision of one of their mechanics.

First and third Wednesday and Saturday of the month, Saturdays 1 - 4pm and Wednesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm at 15 Queen Street, CO1 2PH. Entrance is at the rear. 

 
Local Bike Shops

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

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 periodically offer good value bike maintenance sessions to teach you how to maintain your own bike.

Wivenhoe Bike Kitchen

Colchester Bike Kitchen

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

 

Clean Air Heroes

Modeshift STARS


Borrowing a bike

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

Bike Security

Essex Police give advice on Bike Security.

Bike Security

 

 

 

 

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