Essex Bike Hire - Including Local Transport
Cycling in East Anglia
East Anglia is pretty flat and some of it has been recovered from the sea or swamp land. The best source of bike path information is Sustrans, a charity promoting bicycle riding in the UK. Their website identifies pure bike paths, low-traffic routes and the safer traffic-heavy routes.
For your self-guided tour you may need a bike hire shop. Bike hire is available in some larger towns but it is not big business. Where websites exist we have shown them. Depending on bicycle quality you should expect to pay £10 per day although competition may reduce this. You may even want to use this holiday to try renting a tandem. Cities with universities are more likely to have low cost bike hire so Cambridge prices should be very good.
Before you approach a hire shop have a look at the advice in our Bike Guide. Remember that the area is flat so you won't need lots of gears. Helmet wearing is not a legal requirement although you will see roughly 50% of riders wearing them.
Ipswich, Alton Cycle Hire, Holbrook Road, Stutton, Ipswich, Suffolk IP9 2RY. Tel 01473 328873
Cambridge, City Cycle Hire, 61 Newnham Rd, Cambridge CB3 9EY. Tel 01223 365 629Address:
Cambridge, Kingsway Cycles, 8 City Road, Cambridge CB1 1DP. Tel 01223 355852
Cambridge, Station Cycles, Grand
Arcade, Corn Exchange St, Cambridge CB2 3QF. Tel 01223
Colchester, Coolpedals Ltd, Kintail, Moor Road, Langham, Colchester, Essex CO4 5NR. Tel 01206 325 224
Colchester, Thomas's Cycle Revolution, Unit 1, Peartree Business Centre, Peartree Rd,
Stanway, Colchester, CO3 0JN. Tel 01206 764545
Ely, Ely Bicycles, 1 Annesdale, Ely CB7 4BN. Tel 01353 668551
Braintree, Trailnet Ltd, Country Park, Great Notley, Braintree, Essex
CM77 7FS. Tel 01376 345643
During your tour we hope you will not need this, but if you do the bike retailers in each large town will provide a maintenance service (at a fee) and due to the flatness there are a good number of bike shops about. Check our puncture repair video at MyBikeGuide before you go. We also recommend a couple of guides on how to repair a bike, one of which is light enough to take with you.
While this has not generally been available in the UK for some years it is coming back. It is still rare so if you want to know about particular stations use this facility link.
Train and bike
Taking a bike on a train is possible but generally you need to book them.
Buses do not carry bikes in this area.