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 training for children?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
There is limited bike hire in Colchester, Greater Anglia have a bike hire scheme called Bike and Go
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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Read Wolf's insirational story about how cycling has transformed his mobility. Find out about the e-bikes he has built, his campaigning for better cycle links particularly between towns and his lobbying for ebikes to be recognised as a mobility aid. 'Getting the bus is causing me big problems, but cycling is good. Going to work by bus I’m sitting down for an hour and a half and I’d have to take painkillers before going to work, but not when I’m cycling.'