Local bike organisations
The Bike Station – recycling old bikes, adult training, workplace, community outreach, etc
Ageing Well – cycle skills courses for beginners age 50+
Edinburgh Guerrilla Cinema – exciting bike-powered carbon-neutral cinema project with young-person emphasis [volunteer helpers needed]
Local bike rides
Cycling Edinburgh – excellent pulling-together of all known local bike rides
Spokes Sunday rides – first Sunday of month, 30-40 miles
20-milers – monthly 20-mile ‘easyish’ bike rides
Try Cycling in Edinburgh – monthly very easy rides [currently suspended, but there are often some ‘very easy’ rides advertised on Cycling Edinburgh above]
Mellow Velo – day and w’end trips with van hire or car share
CTC Lothians – local branch of UK Cyclists’ Touring Club
Edinburgh Critical Mass – informal group riding together in traffic, last Friday each month, to make a point
Hiring a bike or buying 2nd-hand
City Cycling Edinburgh – hire businesses [Edinburgh only]
City Cycling Edinburgh – secondhand bike sales [Edinburgh only]
Lothians list still to be prepared [meantime see ‘bike shops’ below and ask them]
Local recreational bike routes [mainly offroad]
Local bike news, forums, blogs, etc
CyclingEdinburgh.info – local activities & possibilities – personal site by chdot
CityCyclingEdinburgh Forum – discussion forum on local cycling issues
CityCycling – Edinburgh based online cycling magazine
Greener Leith – sustainability group who do much to promote cycling
Innertube – blog by the Innertube Map
Local personal bike-special blogs – for the everyday cyclist
Eli on a Bike – ‘My Adventures on a Bike’
Claire Cycles – ‘An Edinburgh pootler’ – “It’s wonderful, liberating and extremely cheap”
Bikeable Jo – “I’m not a ‘cyclist’ … but I do ride my bike everywhere”
The ubiquitous blog – “For me the bicycle has always been about transport and freedom”
Un vieux velo – “I have an old bicycle. It is ace.”
Coastrider East Lothian – Featuring Pugsley bike with massive tyres
Dead Dog Blog – by a “middle aged, technically incompetent mum” – also ridiculously modest!
DaveMcCraw – “I have an unhealthy interest in urban transport / bike safety / traffic psychology”
Baldcyclist – “perfect example of a MAMIL (middle aged man in lycra)” – Fife and Livingston
These organisations support Spokes by advertising in the Spokes Bulletin regularly or from time to time.
Edinburgh Bicycle – Edinburgh Bike Co-op [now operating in several cities] has advertised in every available Spokes Bulletin since Spokes began in 1977! – the same year that EBC was founded, then known as Recycles.
Laid Back Bikes – Spokes member David Gardiner runs recumbent bike rides and sells recumbents and other specialised bikes.
Storybikes – ‘Journey by bicycle through lore and landscape.’
ScotRail – No one is perfect, but ScotRail is one of the UK’s top bike-rail providers and has worked closely with Spokes on various projects.
SEStran – South East Scotland Transport Partnership – also organises 2 mass cycle rides each year, including ‘2 Capitals, Dunfermline to Edinburgh.’
Cycle Law – Legal service for cyclists.
Other Edinburgh/Lothians bike shops
See also our page of bike-related businesses other than bike shops
Bike shops – Edinburgh – Link to a useful list maintained by CityCyclingEdinburgh.info
Bike shops – Lothians and nearby [pdf 216k] – This list has not been updated recently. For Edinburgh shops please use the link above instead. Please send us updates/corrections for the out-of-Edinburgh shops.
Webcams – spot the cyclist??