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.
Learn 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.
Keeping your bike secure
Essex Police have some great tips on Bike Security
Learn to fix your own 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
Colchester eCargo bike library
Colchester Borough Council have six eCargo bikes available for local businesses and organisations to try for a FREE short-term loan. Find out more here
Wheels for All
The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity providing fun and stimulating cycling across the UK. Find out more
Colchester Cycling Charter
The cycling charter is a simple statement of support for everyday cycling as the means of making Colchester a better town. You can show your support for the charter by signing it online here
Colchester Cycling Campaign
Colchester Cycling Campaign are Colchester’s local cycling advocacy group, they aim to make it easier for people aged 8 to 80 to ride a bike to work, school, the shops or just to meet friends. Find out more and join CCC on their website
Cycling UK are a national charity who have been championing the cause of cycling for over 140 years. They promote all forms of cycling, protect the interests of cyclists and would-be cyclists, and help inspire people of all ages and abilities to discover the joys of cycling. Find them online here
Sustrans are a national charity who work to make it easier for people to walk and cycle. They set up the National Cycle Network which is maintained by volunteers, and continue to work to improve it. Sustrans also make contributions to developing national policy and guidance. Find out about their work
The Route51 Bike Project is a registered community led social enterprise focused on making cycling accessible and affordable for all by repairing and rehoming cycles and fitness equipment within the community including pop-up Dr Bike services. Find them on Facebook
Ready to cycle?
Contact us for further information