The Bike Hub, East Lothian.

The Bike Hub, East Lothian.

We have just opened our new shop and hire center, The Bike Hub, located in the Walled Garden courtyard, near North Berwick in East Lothian. The Walled Garden has a wonderful cafe and resteraunt for you to enjoy before and after your ride. We also have a fully stocked workshop on site to do any repairs or adjustments you need.  If you are on a ride down the coast or if you live in the area, why not pop in and see us. There is plenty of parking great food, a lovely shop, a brewery and a relaxed bike friendly environment.

HIPLOK Z/LOK

HIPLOK Z/LOK

HIPLOK Z-LOK ARMOURED REUSEABLE TIE

The first secured reusable zip style tie provides ultraconvenient
added protection for use on car racks, with
accessories and other outdoor equipment. A cutting
edge concept in security with a multitude of applications,
Available in a variety of colours.

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Phantom Frames Runner Bikes

Phantom Frames Runner Bikes

Check out these funky new Runner Bikes from Phantom  Your kids will LOVE these!! 

Check out the Phantom Frame runner bike video

Available to buy on line in the Leith Cycle Co store.

BikyBiky

BikyBiky

If you have a child of learning to ride age YOU NEED THIS PRODUCT!!!! I tried it with my 4 year old and what a difference.  No more back breaking bending over, no more accidents when you can't grab them in time.  Now you can just walk or jog along next to them. You can hold them without them feeling it so they can gain confidence in their ability to pedal, steer and balance.  As a parent I really think this is a brilliant product! If you are interested you can try before you buy at Leith Cycle Co.  Give it a go for a day, if you like it you can buy it.

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MOON lights

MOON lights

MOON lights now available.

Beautifully made, packed with features such as auto on/off

Fully waterproof

USB re chargeable

http://www.moon-sport.com/ 

SEE.SENSE LIGHTS

SEE.SENSE LIGHTS

The very latest in bike light technology has arrived at Leith Cycle Co.

Super bright, but non dazzle

180 degree visibility

Control your light from you phone

Get a head start on bike thieves

Let someone know if you have had a crash

Help make cycling safer in your city

Watch the video and check out the potential of this fantastic product. http://seesense.cc/features/

VOLT the best Electric Bikes

VOLT the best Electric Bikes

VOLT Electric Bikes are now available at Leith Cycle Co.

VOLT make some of the best electric bikes available on the market today.  We have 7  bikes available for test rides.  Give us a call and we can arrange a time for you to come and try one.

Currently in stock:

Infinity1
Pulse
Kensington x 3
Metro x 2
Burlington

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New Product

New Product

New from Weldtite. SOS travel kit.  Everything you need to look after your bike on a long trip.  Chain cleaner, rotor cleaner, hand cleaner, tire levers, lube and patches.  Chuck this into your pannier with a spare tube and a punp...sorted! All this for only £9.99. 

Our bike suppliers

Our bike suppliers

Here are links to our main suppliers of bicycles. We can supply any of the bikes you see here.  Feel free to give us a call if you need help in chosing your ride or you want to check the stock of a particular bike.

Barracuda Adult bikes:  http://www.barracudabikes.co.uk/

Merida Bikes: http://www.merida-bikes.com/en_gb

Forme Bikes: http://formebikes.co.uk/

Bobbin Bikes: http://www.bobbinbikes.co.uk/

Dawes Cycles: http://dawescycles.com/

Cuda childrens bikes: http://www.barracudabikes.co.uk/

Kinesis bikes: http://www.kinesisbikes.co.uk/

Mission cycles: http://www.missioncycles.co.uk/

Cycling routes around Edinburgh

Cycling routes around Edinburgh

Look at descriptions, watch the videos or download the maps!

We will be adding descriptions and video of some of the routes around Edinburgh .  Hopefully this will help you to chose a ride that suits you. Click on the link to download the PDF.

The Union Canal Towpath - Fountainbridge to Ratho- National Cycle Route 75

The Innocent Railway – St. Leonards to Brunstane - National Cycle Route 1/Eurovelo 12

Here are some maps you can look at or download

Leith Cycle Co to Longniddry bents

Leith Cycle Co to Prestonpans station

Partners that we work with:

Tartan Bike Tours.  Johann has severl tours that start from the shop and take you out into Edinburgh and beyond. A couple of examples are listed below.

Auld Reekie (4.5 to 6 hours*) http://www.tartanbiketours.com/guided-bike-tour/Edinburgh/Auld-Reekie

Sky to Sea (3.5 to 4.5 hours*) http://www.tartanbiketours.com/guided-bike-tour/Edinburgh/sky-to-sea

More to come soon.

If you would like to go on a Tartan Bike Tour, give us a call and we will arrange it for you.

Lose rotor bolts

Why you should check the tension of your rotor bolts!

Our sponsored athlete for 2017

We are super excited to be sponsoring Liz Richardson again this year.  She had a great 2016 and we hope she will have an even better 2017.

Liz competed in 10 triathlons this year (4 sprint, 2 standard and 4 middle distance), and finished on the podium in 8 of these. She had an overall win at Redcar Sprint, age-group wins at Leeds Standard, Exmoor 70.3 (half ironman), the Scottish Sprint Champs (Monikie), and was age-group runner up at Tranent Sprint, the British Middle Distance Champs (Grafman), the British Standard Distance Champs (Liverpool) and the European Middle Distance Champs (Austria). She lost her Scottish and European Middle Distance (half ironman) age group titles, but gained the Scottish Sprint Champ age-group title as compensation! So it’s been a great season for Liz, demonstrating she can perform equally well at shorter and longer distance triathlons. Because of this success Liz has chosen to target standard rather than middle distance races in 2017. Her main target races will be the standard distance European and World Champs, in Kitzbuhel and Rotterdam respectively.

These are the race dates I know so far (there will be many more to add!):

May 27th: Scottish Sprint Tri Champs, Strathclyde

June 17th: European Standard Distance Champs, Kitzbuhel, Austria

July 1st: Ripon Standard Distance (qualifier for world champs)

Sept 16th: World Standard Distance Champs, Rotterdam.

Driving in Edinburgh

Driving in Edinburgh

I had to drive through town today to deliver a bike.  It was a total pain!! the traffic is horrendous and the roads are being dug up all over the city. If I had used a bike and trailer it would have taken me a lot less time to do the same journey. From now on we are going to use the bike and trailer option for all local deliveries.  With the current state of the Edinburgh roads a bike is by far the best way to get around and it solves your parking problems.  If you need to move heavy loads, why not consider an electric bike?

The health benefits of cycling to work

The health benefits of cycling to work

Cycling to work is an easy, convenient way to fit exercise into your daily life.

It’s cold, it’s raining, it’s dark again already… it can be hard to summon the energy to cycle to work at this time of year.

But hard as it might be at first there are big rewards if you can stick with it. And once you get into it you’ll probably find that you look forward to getting on your bike every day. Sustrans has crunched the numbers to show how even a short commute by bike can be good for your health.

The current government recommendation is for adults to do 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week. Moderate activity can include walking fast, cycling on the flat, or playing volleyball, doubles tennis or basketball. Vigorous activity includes jogging, riding a bike fast or up hills, gymnastics, or playing singles tennis, football or rugby.

It can be hard to find the time (or the motivation) to head to the gym after a long day at work, or get up at 6am for a run, and it’s hardly the weather for tennis (whether it’s doubles or singles).

Cycling to work is an easy, convenient way to fit exercise into your daily life. By cycling to work you can fit in a little exercise every day and barely even notice it.

And by cycling through the winter you’ll be in great shape when summer rolls around again, zipping up hills past all the fair weather riders.

Exercise is also great for your mental health. And with many of us suffering from the January blues cycling is a great way to get your heart rate up, release some endorphins and put a grin on your face.

Mini commute

A nice easy two miles by bike might not feel like you’re getting much exercise but it all adds up. If you commute by bike five days a week you’ll get in 100 minutes of exercise and be well on your way to the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise. If you cycle fast or your commute involves hills then you will have already met your goal of 75 minutes of vigorous activity.

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Short commute

If you cycle three miles by bike to work (for a total daily journey of six miles) you’ll achieve your recommended 150 minutes of moderate activity each week without ever having to set foot in a gym.

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Cycling three miles will only take around 15 minutes, and in many cities will be quicker than getting in the car. Plus you can spend a smug Saturday morning snuggled in bed because you’ll have already completed your 150 minutes of moderate exercise for the week.

Combined commuting

If you live too far from work to cycle all the way in you can try combined commuting. This is where you combine different types of transport to get you to work. So you could cycle two miles to the station before hopping on a bus or train then walking a final half mile to your office.

If you work in a city centre this is a great way to avoid the congestion near your workplace. It allows you to commute in an active way and get some exercise even if your journey is too long for you to cycle the whole way. If you want to be able to cycle at both ends of your journey you could try a fold up bike, or buying a cheap second hand bike that you leave at the station overnight.

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If you commute this way you’ll be getting an amazing 3 hours and 20 minutes of exercise a week and, by alternating between walking and cycling, you’ll vary the muscles you use.

Average commute

In 2011, the Office for National Statistics calculated that the average distance travelled to work is 9.32 miles. While that may seem like a long way to cycle it is possible, especially if you build up to it slowly. You could, for example, try cycling in and getting the bus home one day and doing the same thing the other way around the next day.

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Cycling to work is a great way to fit a little exercise into your daily routine. Physical activity is also good for your mental wellbeing; evidence shows that it can help protect people against anxiety.

With the days still short and dark looking after your physical and mental wellbeing is more important than ever. Why not try cycling to work this week? You might just enjoy it more than you expect.

Second hand bikes for sale

Second hand bikes for sale

No bikes available just now.

HIPLOK wearable locks

HIPLOK wearable locks

Here is a fantastic idea for the cyclist in your life.  Don't want to fix a big heavy lock to your nice bike?  HIPLOK has the answer, just wear it!! HIPLOKs are genuinely really comfortable to wear but don't take my word, why not come into the shop and try one on and watch the vid for more info.

Cleaning service

Cleaning service

At this time of year your bike will get dirty after pretty much every ride.  Dirty rims and chain can effect your ability to stop and increase chain wear. There are lots of products on the market to help you with cleaning but if you don't have the time or the space it still isn't going to get done.  Why not purchase a block of cleaning sessions from us and let Leith Cycle Co do the work for you.  You can just drop your bike off and we will give it a thorough clean and coat it with a protective solution to look after it until the next time.

Individual cleans are £10 but you can buy 5 sessions for £40.

Happy cycling! 

Safety lights

Safety lights

Check out these new arm/leg bands and shoe clips from Powabyke. The shoe clips are a great idea for rear and side lighting.  All come in 3 colours and only £9.99!

BE SEEN, BE SAFE!

Winter Lighting

Winter Lighting

Like it or not, the nights are drawing in!  To help keep you seen and safe we have a full range of lights and reflective apparell in stock now!

Be seen be safe!

Lothian Buses try cycling day

Lothian Buses try cycling day

On the 8th July Leith Cycle Co provided 5 bikes and a tandem for members of staff to have a go at cycling in their breaks.  Thanks to Rebecca DeVivo from Lothian Buses for organising the event and alowing us to participate.

Quite a few people had a go on the tandem and hopefully plenty of the staff gave a thought to cycling as an activity worth trying.

Hire booking

Hire booking

Please call in advance to book your hire bikes. If you book in advance you know the bikes will be ready for you when you arrive. If you have not booked you may have to wait or we may not have a bike available.

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