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Edinburgh/Lothians cycling info/organisations

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]

See separate page

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

Spokes advertisers

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??

Edinburgh Princes Street [it’s not on Princes St all the time]
Linlithgow Cross [select ‘High Street East’]
Linlithgow canal [select ‘Looking North’]