The Bike Hub

Picture of the outside of the University Bike Hub, located between Roger Stevens and EC Stoner buildings

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 bike and 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!

Opening times

The Bike Hub is open for bike hire and maintenance support three times a week, with no appointment needed during opening hours.

We are currently operating on ‘summer hours’ until September 16th 2022, and the hub is open:

 Mondays: 12:00 – 14:00

 Tuesdays: 12:00 – 14:00

 Thursdays: 12:00 – 14:00

Please note that the Bike Hub will be closed between July 25 – July 29 and Aug 4th – Aug 19th due to holidays.

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

Bike hire

Our campus Bike Hub has a large stock of well maintained, quality bikes available to hire for students and members of staff.  Unfortunately we are not able to hire bikes to organisations or individuals not affiliated with the University.

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.

No pre-booking is required to hire a bike, simply come along during our opening hours and you can usually take a bike away on the day. Make sure you check the opening hours before you travel to the Bike Hub.

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

Hire cost and terms:

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.

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.

Returns:

To return your hired bike, bring it along to the Bike Hub during opening hours. Remember to check the opening times on this page before travelling.

Cycle storage

For staff enquiries about access to secure cycle storage (locked cages) please email bikehub@leeds.ac.uk.

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.

If you are interested in getting involved 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.