Helping you and your bike
We’ve put together some 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.
Learning to ride, Bikeability, improving your confidence, and route planning for adults and children
Find out more at Safer Essex Roads Partnership
Buying a bike
Colchester Cycling Campaign offers lots of advice on which bike to buy, carrying children, carrying loads, locks and helmets.
Buying second hand can be a great way to save money, but can be tricky. Local charity Re-Cycle has a Big Bike Sale of professionally refurbished bikes on the last Saturday of each month. They’re also open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm.
Essex Police have some great tips on Bike Security
Learn to fix your bike!
The Colchester and Wivenhoe Bike Kitchens are friendly community workshops offering regular drop in sessions with volunteer mechanics 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 7-9pm and Sundays 3-5pm 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.
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. Look out for their monthly introduction to essentials class too.
Every Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm, and first and third Saturday of the month 1-4pm.
15 Queen Street, CO1 2PH. Entrance is at the rear.
Local Bike Shops
Don’t want to fix it yourself? Not to worry! Colchester Cycling Campaign have a list of local bike shops
Borrowing a bike
Greater Anglia offer Bike and Go, so you can hire a bike from their stations in Colchester.
Ready to cycle?
Contact us for further information