Need a bike? Need a repair?

Need a bike?

If you don’t already have a bike, the Bike Bothy can help with that. Whether you want to pick up a second-hand bargain or hire some wheels, the Bothy will 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 the Bike Bothy (see where it is on the campus map), founded through 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.

The Bothy is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11am to 4pm – you’re welcome to pop in any time. Contact Evan Oliphant on or find out more through Oriam.

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.

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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