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 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
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.
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.
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
Essex Police give advice on Bike Security.
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