Need a bike? Need a repair?

Need a bike?

If you don’t already have a bike, we can help with that. Whether you want to pick up a second-hand bargain or hire some wheels through our Bike Bothy, we’ll get you on the road in no time.

If you’re new to cycling it makes sense to figure out what kind of bike’s right for you. This Sustrans guide should give you all the pointers you need.

Then, if you’re looking to buy a second-hand bike, this is a useful guide from Cycling UK.

There are some good second hand bike shops in Edinburgh, including:

  • Bike Station: 250 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1UU
  • Eastside Bikes: 1 Cadzow Place, London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5SN
  • BikeTrax (specialising in ex-rental bikes): 11-13 Lochrin Place, Tollcross, Edinburgh, EH3 9QX

Heriot-Watt staff can also make the most of our Cycle to Work scheme, which offers tax and NI savings of about 30% on the cost of a new bike, spreading the cost over a full year.

Campus bike hire

If you don’t want to go as far as buying a bike, you can hire one on campus – head for our Bike Bothy (see where it is on the campus map), generously funded by the Climate Challenge Fund and Cycling Scotland.

We’ve got a fleet of hybrid, road and mountain bikes you can hire by the week, month or semester. The Bothy is also the place to go for repairs – and it offers monthly maintenance classes for the more hands-on enthusiasts out there.

We also have 5 electrically-assisted bikes available on campus for staff and students to use free of charge.

We’ve got a fleet of hybrid, road and mountain bikes you can hire by the week, month or semester

The Bothy is open on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 11am to 4pm – you’re welcome to pop in any time. Contact Chris Sellar on c.sellar@hw.ac.uk or 0131 451 8437 to find out more.

Services on offer include:

Membership £10 yearly membership includes a free bike wash and fix your own bike session
Bike hire Fleet of hybrid, road and mountain bikes for hire at:

  • £15 per week
  • £40 per month
  • £100 per semester

You can book by popping into the Bothy with photo ID, and pay at the main Oriam reception. If you want to return your bike outside opening hours, lock it (with helmet) outside Oriam reception and leave them your keys.

Monthly maintenance classes £10 beginner lesson

£20 advanced lesson

Fix your own bike session £2 (free for members)
Gold
  • Full strip-down and rebuild of bike
  • Tyres inflated to correct pressure
  • Transmission cleaned and re-lubricated
  • Gear cables replaced
  • Brakes adjusted
  • Wheels trued
  • Safety check

Cost: £70 per service

Silver
  • Tyres inflated to correct pressure
  • Transmission cleaned and re-lubricated
  • Gears adjusted
  • Brakes adjusted
  • Hubs adjusted
  • Wheels trued
  • Headset adjusted
  • Safety check

Cost: £50 per service

Bronze
  • Tyres inflated to correct pressure
  • Transmission cleaned and re-lubricated
  • Gears adjusted
  • Brakes adjusted
  • Safety check

Cost: £30 per service

All servicing charges exclude parts.

We run various cycling courses and events at Heriot-Watt

Upcoming courses

We run various cycling courses and events at Heriot-Watt: check our events page and our cycling Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.

We want these to be as useful as possible – if there’s anything specific you’d like to learn, or have any other ideas for training sessions, send your thoughts to Chris Sellar at c.sellar@hw.ac.uk

Further afield in Edinburgh, Bike Station and Grease Monkey offer bike maintenance classes, fix your own bike sessions and pop-up workshops.

Or, if you’re looking for help or inspiration on the maintenance front, why not watch these do-it-yourself instruction videos from Cycling Scotland and Grease Monkey?

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