The Bike Hub

At the University of Leeds, we love cycling and provide a variety of facilities and initiatives to help make cycling around Leeds safe, affordable, and pleasant.

At our Bike Hub, located in the heart of campus between EC Stoner and Roger Stevens, you can hire a bike, get maintenance help from our qualified mechanics and amazing volunteers, borrow tools, and get cycling advice to ensure you have a great time cycling in Leeds.  The Bike Hub is entirely funded by the University, and operates on a cost neutral basis. In other words, we are not here to make money, but to help you cycle safely and enjoy it!

Buying a good bike that will last for a while and keep you safe can be expensive, so hiring them from the Hub is a wallet-friendly option!  We can also help you with advice on searching for a second-hand bike, and help you to maintain it at the Hub.

Visiting the Bike Hub

The Bike Hub is open for bike hire and maintenance support three times a week:

 Monday: 12:00 – 16:00

 Tuesday: 12:00 – 16:00

 Thursday: 12:00 – 16:00

With guidance from Health and Safety, and so that we can keep everyone safe, a maximum of two visitors at a time will be allowed in the Hub. When you arrive at the door, please ring the bell and wait to be called forward, a member of staff will come and get you and your bike as soon as possible. If you are queuing outside the Hub, please respect the University’s current social distancing guidelines.

Please do not come to the Bike Hub if you are unwell or have Covid-19 symptoms, and be mindful that there may be vulnerable visitors in the workshop.

Inside the Bike Hub, please wear a face covering. If you have forgotten yours, we will have face coverings available for you. If you are exempt, please let the Bike Hub staff know this when you arrive.

Because space in the Bike Hub is limited, people who wish to borrow tools and equipment will be asked to limit their time working on their bike to 45 minutes. For this same reason, if you would like to clean your bike, we will gladly let you borrow equipment, but you will be asked to clean your bike outside the Hub.

Please note that in line with University procedures, we are not able to accept cash anymore, but we can take all debit and credit cards, as well as Apple Pay and Google Pay.

If you have any question about these procedures or if you have additional requirements, please do get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Returns and cycle storage

For bike returns or staff enquiries about access to secure cycle storage (locked cages) please email bikehub@leeds.ac.uk to arrange a suitable time to visit.

Bike hire:

Our campus Bike Hub has a large stock of well maintained, quality bikes available to hire for students and members of staff.
Our bikes are Ridgeback Speed hybrid bikes, perfectly equipped for city cycling, with 21 gears, rear and front lights, a D-lock, and a luggage rack.

Sizes:

We offer a range of different sized bike frames:

  • 15″ / 38cm (XS)
  • 17″ / 43cm (S)
  • 19″ / 48cm (M)
  • 21″ / 53cm (L)
  • 23″ / 58cm (XL)

Download our size guide to find out which bike would be best for you.

Hire cost

All University students and staff members:

3-Month bike loan

We offer students and members of staff the option to hire bikes for 3 months at £22 (plus £100 deposit). Your hire period starts from the date you collect your bike from the Hub and runs for 3 months from that date. You will receive an email when your hire is coming to an end with instructions on re-hiring or returning.

Read the “Regular” Bike Hub Terms and Conditions.

Members of staff only:

Try cycling! One month bike loan. You will be able to hire either a Ridgeback Speed Hybrid bike or a Raleigh electric bike for one month only for £20 (plus £100 deposit).<br />

Read the “Try Cycling” Bike Hub Terms and Conditions.

All hirers are required to read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of the bike hire agreement.

Please note that we are not able to hire bikes to organisations or individuals not affiliated with the University.

 

Volunteering at the Bike Hub

The involvement of staff and student volunteers in supporting bike maintenance, offering cycle advice and getting involved in a variety of sustainable travel projects has been pivotal to the success and longevity of the Bike Hub.

Unfortunately we are not currently able to provide physical volunteering opportunities inside the Bike Hub due to changing working arrangements. However we hope that volunteering will be possible again soon.  If you are interested in getting involved either in person (when we are able to do so) or remotely, supporting our cycling engagement virtually, please email bikehub@leeds.ac.uk, we’d love to hear from you!

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

We use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide our activity. Our work with the Bike Hub is linked to most of the SDGs.

Find out more about our impact on the SDGs.