Cycling is a popular way to get around Leeds, LBU offer a range of services to help students
Student Bike Hire and Bike Maintenance
You can hire a bike from us to get around while you're at LBU
Bike hire contracts are for up to three months at a time. If you need the bike for longer you simply renew your contract online via the link we send out to you. The cost is £50 for the first hire period plus £50 deposit. If you decide to renew your contract for another three months the cost is £20 and the final three months is £10. You can usually keep your bike into the summer until we need them back for maintenance.
Our bikes are 21 speed hybrids and are fitted with a good quality D-lock, front and rear lights, mudguards and a pannier luggage rack.
Where can I hire a bike from?
Simply book an appointment the City Bike Hub or Headingley BikeFix workshops and take your student ID, a valid email address and mobile phone number. You will need to complete a hire agreement and pay your hire fee and deposit via our online store or by card at either workshop.
What else do I need to know?
When you hire a bike from us you are responsible for looking after it and ensuring it is maintained and kept in good condition, our workshops are here to help you with this.
We have two bike workshops to help you keep your bike moving
You can get bike maintenance of your own or one of our hire bikes at our BikeFix maintenance workshop which is based at Leeds Beckett Headingley Campus. We are located in room B07 at the back of the James Graham building. We’re open for appointments Monday and Tuesday Mornings to give you help and support in maintaining and repairing your bike with our qualified mechanic. Book an appointment here
We can help you with most bike repairs and we have a basic range of parts and spares or we can often give you a shopping list of what you need and help you fit it later.
We don’t however get involved with some more complex jobs like bleeding hydraulic brakes, servicing e-bikes, working on electronic gears or suspension components, you will need a specialist for that.
In the city we have appointments at the Bike Hub which is a facility we share with Leeds University, here we offer the same services. Opening hours vary but usually Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. The Bike Hub is near the pond by the Roger Stevens building, look for the sign.
If you can help yourself there are outdoor bicycle repair stands, complete with essential tools, next to the cycle parking outside Campus Central at Headingley Campus and on the Civic Hall side of the Rose Bowl. Leeds University's campus has two more under the canopy at the Social Sciences Building and at the top of the ramp by the Roger Stevens building.
We have a range of secure cages students can use for their bikes on both campuses email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will explain your options. We also have hundreds of Sheffield cycle stands on campus for casual use. It is worth saying that The Rose Bowl can be a theft hotspot for poorly secured bikes, make sure you use a good quality lock wherever you leave your bike on campus.
You should use a good quality D-lock when leaving your bike on campus, we sell these for £20 in both workshops, thinner cable locks can be cut in seconds. If your bike is higher value it is worth getting specialist bike insurance.
We have a wide range of maps available at both workshops, drop by and we will also be able to give you the benefit of our extensive local knowledge about cycling around Leeds.
This video shows the quietest route between the two campuses.
The West Yorkshire Online Cycle Map shows all the cycling infrastructure in the area
We can give you some advice on the best way to go about buying a new or
second hand bike in Leeds and try and get you good value.
Our workshops are busy and vibrant. When we are open we have staff and students volunteers helping us to help others. If you would like to volunteer with us either working on bikes or helping with hires email: email@example.com
Bikes can be stored for free on platforms 1 & 6 at Leeds Station and there is attended secure storage at Evans Cycles outside the station entrance for £1.50- open 7am -7pm