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.

Photo of the front of the Bike Hub building on campus.

At our Bike Hub 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!

The Bike Hub is located on the lower level between the EC Stoner and Roger Stevens buildings. You can locate the Bike Hub using What3Words at the location bronze.deed.snake.

Opening times

The Bike Hub is open for bike hire and maintenance support every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 12 – 4pm, with no appointment needed during opening hours.

The Bike Hub is currently closed due to strike action. Please check back for updates. 

Any changes to these opening times will be updated on this page – please check before travelling to the Bike Hub.

The Bike Hub also runs monthly ‘Bike Maintenance 101’ training sessions which are open to all staff and students.

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.

How do I hire a bike?

Please note, due to high demand there is currently a waiting list for bike hires for University of Leeds staff and students. To add your name to the waiting list either drop into the hub during opening hours or email bikehub@leeds.ac.uk.

To hire a bike, simply come along to the Bike Hub during opening hours. No appointment or pre-booking is required and you can usually take a bike away on the day.

3-month bike hire

We offer students and members of staff the option to hire a Ridgeback Speed hybrid bikes, perfectly equipped for city cycling, with 21 gears, rear and front lights, a D-lock, and a luggage rack. Hires last for 3 months from the date of collection, and the total cost for the hire is £22 (plus £100 deposit).

Read the ‘Regular’ Bike Hub Terms and Conditions.

Staff 'Try Cycling' bike hire

One month bike loan designed to help you decide if cycling is for you. Staff members can hire an electric bike for £20 for one month, or a folding or hybrid bike for £10 for one month (plus £100 deposit). Loans are non-renewable and there may be a waiting list for electric and folding bikes.

Read the ‘Try Cycling’ Bike Hub Terms and Conditions.

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

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. We are not able to hire bikes to organisations or individuals not affiliated with the University.

To return your hired bike, bring it along to the Bike Hub during opening hours before the end of your hire period.

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 register your interest using this form and we will keep you posted with any opportunities, events and activities.

Alternatively, email bikehub@leeds.ac.uk for more information – 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.