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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

Cycling Edinburgh – has an excellent and regularly-updated list/commentary

Local recreational bike routes [mainly offroad]

My Favourite Bike Ride - see our 2005 Spokes competition [some of the other comps may also give you ideas]
Edinburgh Bike Paths - Overview of main Edinburgh offroad bike paths
Weans on Wheels - routes suitable with young kids [and a blog]
Innertube Map - online ‘London Underground’ map of offroads paths [click on place names for relevant info]
Informed Edinburgh – links to maps and some routes

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

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, Lothians, and nearby [pdf 216k]   If you know of updates to this list please email spokes – some may not have been checked for several years!
Map of Edinburgh bike shops [link].  Click on the shop symbol or name for more info.  Thanks to Sue McKichan, a volunteer on the Bike Station‘s Inner Tube map project.

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']