Punctures, brakes, gears

Like anything mechanical, bikes can break or wear out, and this can be a worry. Thankfully, many problems can be an easy fix if you know how. In our free Tuesday evening classes, over 3 weeks, you can learn to diagnose and fix some of the most common issues with your bike so you can keep pedalling. We start with how to fix punctures and how to remove wheels and tyres, then move on to brakes and how to change pads and adjust, and finish with gears, which are all important on the rolling local terrain! Email info@bradfordbikehub.com to book a place.

Tuesday evenings 5 – 7pm

University Bike Hub, opposite J.B. Priestley Library

30th June – Punctures

7th July – Brakes

14th July – Gears

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Summer Hub Closure

Please note we are closed at the University hub on Thursday 18th June, Monday 22nd June and Thursday 25th June due to staff training. Please visit Cycle Re-cycle at the College Hub in Garden Mills if you have any urgent repairs. They are open as usual for purchase of recycled bikes. Details on our contact page.

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Try Cycling this summer

We are here to help break down the barriers to cycling. These can be financial – is it worth spending money on a bike that you don’t know if you’ll even like riding? The other big one is safety – it can be scary heading out on the roads for the first time on two wheels. Well we have a solution!

Try Cycling is our bespoke scheme for staff at Bradford College and University. We offer FREE bike hire for 6 weeks, including helmet, lights, lock and pannier bags.  (A £50 cash refundable deposit is all we ask.) Free cycle training with instructors can be arranged, and we can develop tailor-made routes for you. Bike maintenance sessions will also be running free of charge alongside the scheme so you can learn how to do basic repairs.

Two sessions will be running this summer :

15th June – 24th July

27th July – 4th September

We have step-through and cross-bar hybrid bikes in different sizes, and even a folding bike and electric bike. Book now to snap them up and enjoy the summer on two wheels! Email info@bradfordbikehub.com with your contact number, bike preference and height and we’ll sort the rest. All you have to do then is collect your bike and accessories and ride off, hopefully into some sunshine!

May 2015 Update!

The page has been a little quiet of late as we changed the team over but now we have all settled in (bar the odd training day still here and there). My name is Amy and I’ve taken over from Jennie as the Sustrans Officer. It has been a strange time of year to start as most students have been doing exams and starting head home for summer, but rest assured we are still here to cater for your cycling needs!

Upcoming events include:

Monday 15th June Try Cycling begins for staff, email for info.

Tues 16th June – Bike Maintenance class – GEARS 5-7pm

Friday 19th June – Wellbeing week Smoothie Bike, Richmond Atrium 10-2pm..

Happy pedalling and see some of you soon! :-)

Hub Closure – Easter

Please note that the University Bike Hub will be closed until the 13th of April.

The College Bike Hub will be closed from Friday 3rd – Tuesday 7th April.

Also to note that the Bike Hub’s staff are changing. We say goodbye to Chris Kilburn, Rhys Howarth, Sumit Bhardwaj, Joubin Sarrami and Jennie O’Hara and say hello to Greg Billenness and Ronak Olfati. The new project officer is being recruited and will be in post in May.

Happy pedalling :)

Spring into Cycling – Wednesday 4th March

Spring into Cycling

As spring approaches, the Bike Hub are here to help encourage you to get on your bikes!

On the 4th of March we have a day of cycling activities at the University and College.

Bike Breakfast – Cycle to Uni or College and get a £3 breakfast voucher from us just for cycling in! Come along to our gazebo with your bike and we’ll hand over a voucher! From 8-10am either outside Richmond Building (for Uni people) or outside David Hockney Building (for College folk).

Spring into Cycling Fest – Outside David Hockney Building from 9am-2pm we have a range of cycling activities and information stalls including:

  • Pedal powered scalextrics
  • Smoothie bike
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle blind spot
  • Cycle safety quiz
  • Maps and route information

Spring into Cycling

My Placement with Sustrans

A lovely guest blog from our Bradford College placement student, Stephen.

Work Placement with Sustrans

My name is Stephen and I am in the second year of my foundation degree in Physical Activity, Health and Well Being at Bradford College. I chose to do my placement with the Sustrans Learning to Travel Differently Project in Bradford. My last placement was at primary school and I didn’t enjoy it so I looked into other areas of exercise and fitness industry. I decided I wanted to work in health promotion and I remembered Sustrans from when a representative came in for one hour one afternoon during one of the lectures. I remember thinking “I wish I had heard of this initiative last year.” I spent ten weeks on placement with Sustrans.

The Things I enjoyed at Sustrans

The thing I enjoyed the most about my placement is the variety of experiences I had, no two days were the same. From events where I had to promote cycling and walking, to helping people make their own smoothie with the Bike Hub’s unique bike which blends smoothies using the cyclist’s energy, via assisting with Cycling 4 All events on a Wednesday afternoon. They gave me cycle training and helped me to cycle on my own on the roads with confidence which I haven’t done for a long time. From this I decided to buy a bike and have started cycling more!

The most enjoyable part for me was dealing with the public directly at stalls and open events, and promoting the Bike hub at Bradford College and University. People were asking me questions based on exercise and health which is directly related to active transport and cycling. This was a great opportunity for me to use my knowledge from my degree and put that knowledge into practice.

Most Challenging

I don’t really have anything bad to say about the work placement, but the most challenging part of my time spent with Sustrans was teaching a class. I designed a lesson plan (using the smoothie bike) to teach about fitness and nutrition and the group of College students I taught to were from the Pupil Referral Unit. Their behaviour was challenging, but I felt confident in my knowledge and ability and in the end it was a really great lesson. I have been asked to teach the class to other students from the College.


Overall I thoroughly enjoyed myself! This placement has helped me to decide which area of the fitness and exercise industry I would be most suited to work in and it has to be promotion! I felt part of the team and valued as I got to input my knowledge and skills into the project. I had a fantastic time and as a result of this I am going to continue volunteering for the Learning to Travel Differently project at their events. The experience I gained has proved invaluable and couldn’t have been learnt in a classroom. Thank you Team!!


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