Cycle shops and hire

Whether you want to buy a bike or hire one, there are plenty of options across Northamptonshire. See a list of recommended cycle retailers and how to hire a bike including details of the Cycle CoNNect scheme in Northampton town centre.

Cycle shops in Northamptonshire

There are several specialist bike shops across the county:

Some of the larger chain stores stock good quality bikes and can offer reliable advice including Halfords, Decathlon and Evans Cycles.

Toys R Us is a great place for purchasing children's bikes from toddlers through to teens. There are also many reputable online specialist cycling retailers. If you need to transport your bike further afield, cycle boxes and carriers are available for hire or purchase from Big Bear Outdoor, based in Brigstock in East Northamptonshire.

Cycle to work scheme

Another option for purchasing a new bike is through a cycle to work scheme, allowing you to spread the cost and save you money.  Visit our Cycle to Work page for further details of how these schemes work.

Second hand bikes

It is also possible to buy a good-quality second hand bike for the fraction of the cost of a new one. This Cycle UK article gives a wealth of tips on what to look for. Tools for Self Reliance in Northampton also take donations of second-hand bikes, which are repaired and made available for purchase.

The Umbrella Fair Bicycle Recycle Project

Based at The Racecourse Pavilion in Northampton, this project offers donated bikes that have been refurbished and given a full check over at very reasonable prices. For full details and opening times, visit the Umbrella Fair website.

​Bike hire in Northamptonshire

You don’t even have to own a bike to enjoy cycling in the county as there are several places where you can hire a bike:

  • In Northampton, the Cycle CoNNect public bike hire scheme is available 24 hours a day to anyone who registers to the scheme.
  • At Stanwick Lakes, AJ Cycles hire out bikes for the whole family, including trailers and child seats.
  • Rutland Cycling run cycle hire at Brixworth Country Park for riding the 7 miles around Pitsford reservoir. Child seats and tag-alongs also available.