We are pleased to confirm that the Bike Hub is open for bike hire and maintenance support. Things will a little different and we will be operating through pre-booked appointments only so we can keep everyone safe and follow social distancing guidelines.

Booking an appointment

We are operating by appointment only and all exchanges will be undertaken outside. Only Bike Hub staff are allowed inside the hub and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Opening hours:

  • Bike hire: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 12-4pm
  • Bike maintenance: Tuesday 12-4pm

For further details of bike hire, including the types of bikes available, costs, hire duration and the hire agreement (terms & conditions) please visit our bike hire webpage.

Arriving for your appointment

On arrival for your pre-booked appointment please call us on 0113 34 39179 and a bike hub staff member will come out to meet you. Please do not ring the bell or attempt to enter the hub.

All exchanges will be undertaken outside where all bikes entering and exiting the Hub will be disinfected by Bike Hub staff in the marked disinfecting area.

  • If collecting a bike: the bike will be ready for you. Please step aside (2 metres) whilst we bring the bike out to you. We will then disinfect it and give you a social-distanced tour of the bike.
  • If returning a bike: please leave the (clean) bike with the key in the lock and both lights on the bike. We will come out and disinfect the bike then refund your deposit by card at the window (contactless or phones preferred).
  • For bike maintenance: please leave your bike in the disinfecting area and step aside. We will disinfect it, take it inside, assess it, and contact you with a quote and timescales for the work.

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.

Thank you for your patience, we look forward to seeing you soon!

Active Travel

We want to help staff and students travel to the University actively – by walking, running and cycling where possible. Latest advice and information can be found on our new dedicated Active Travel page.

If you’re looking for the Leeds City Council Bike Hub then you can find their Bike Hub webpage.

Where is the Bike Hub?

You can find the Bike Hub on campus under the large paved area at the end of the EC stoner building and Roger Stevens building, at the bottom of the steps.

hub location

New Opening Times

  • Bike hire: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 12-4pm
  • Bike maintenance: Tuesday 12-4pm

Maintenance videos

How to wash a bike:

5-minute bike wash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvzVRxlIUL0

30-minute bike wash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ak4AzlUz5Q

Bike wash in a flat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z03x4psSDy8

How to remove a bike wheel:

How to fix a puncture:

How to adjust brakes:

Rim brakes

Identification: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6ANuieQR4w

Road brakes:

(Older) “single-pivot” brakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOrIVc5lG-k

(Newer) “dual-pivot” brakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4ay12CSF48

Mountain bike / touring / hybrid brakes:

(Rare) “U-brakes”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJeYSKUI-6A

“Cantilever” brakes (cantis): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvFira2dAPY (new threaded brake pads)

or

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_tDym0G6zo (old peg brake pads)

“V-brakes”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMa9UqY9obk

Disc brakes:

How to change brake pads: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqw0SaZl-jo

Mechanical disc brakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmqGeLNcVIg

Hydraulic disc brakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk_nC9anQcM

(Though I would strongly recommend using a bike shop as a lot could go wrong with hydraulic brakes.)

How to adjust gears:

Front derailleur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea03ChN-7Vg

Rear derailleur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbk5RcH0bbQ

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