There are a number of bicycle hire outlets covering most of the Chilterns, providing a range of bikes from basic hybrids to top class road bikes and full suspension downhill mountain bikes.
The Cycle Chilterns Bike Hub in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire is a new bike hire facility created to increase cycle hire opportunities in the Chilterns. Funded by Cycle Chilterns, the new bike hire fleet currently consists of 12 Trek hybrid bikes with front suspension in a range of sizes and perfect for riding local cycle routes such as NCN57, the Chilterns Heritage Routes or the Chilterns Cycleway. Electric bikes are available to hire too.
As well as cycle hire, the Bicycle Workshop is already a popular bicycle repair centre. Health Rides and Ladies Only rides are also taking place in the area with participants being able to use the hire bikes for free.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Bikes: Twelve Trek 8.2 DS Hybrid bikes in a range of sizes for adults (no kids bikes available). Electric bikes.
Other equipment: Some basic equipment can also be supplied including a lock. Under 16s must wear a helmet. We recommend bringing your own water bottle and whenever possible, your own helmet. More details coming soon.
How much: Hybrid bikes £15 per day, £24 two days, £70 per week. Electric bikes tbc. Photo ID and a deposit will be required.
Opening times: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday in general. (All hire must be booked in advance. Weekends by appointment only.)
How to book: Contact Frank at the Bicycle Workshop for more details and to check availability. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07973 530914
HOW TO GET TO CYCLE CHILTERNS BIKE HUB
Address: Bicycle Workshop, Rignall Road, Great Missenden, Bucks, HP16 9AN
By train: Chiltern Railways run regular services from London Marylebone (45 mins), Aylesbury (15 mins) and High Wycombe (1hr).
By bus: Public transport information for the area is available on the traveline.info website.
By car: Great Missenden is just half an hour off the M25, M1 and M40 and can easily be reached from central London, Oxford, Reading and Milton Keynes within an hour and from Birmingham and Coventry in 1h45.
MORE CYCLE HIRE IN THE CHILTERNS
Mountain Mania – Tring, Didcot and Goring
Mountain bike and hybrid bike hire available from all of the three shops. Pre-booking is required along with a deposit. They even provide a point to point service e.g. pick a hire bike up from Tring and ride it to one of the other shops. Fantastic for a short cycle tour of the Chilterns. All shops are close to train stations.
Lovelo Cycle Works – Berkhamsted
A range of road bikes, hybrid bikes, electric bikes and mountain bikes including full suspension bikes to hire and they offer a ‘full day experience’ at Aston Hill with all the kit and transport to the trail centre included. Prices start from £25 for half day up to £99 for the full experience. Within a 5 minute walk of Berkhamsted station.
Chilterns Gateway Centre – Dunstable Downs
Cycle hire is now available at the Chilterns Gateway Centre at Dunstable Downs, weekends and bank holidays from Easter to October, from 9.30am to 5pm. Dunstable Downs cycle hire has 20 bikes in total including adults and childrens cycles, bikes with child seats and tag-alongs for youngsters. Maps and cycle route advice also available. Visit the NT Dunstable Downs website.
Henley Cycles – Henley-on-Thames
A small fleet of gents and ladies front suspension mountain bikes to hire from the shop at very reasonable prices. Tandem hire is also available. Booking is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. The shop is a stones throw from the train station so perfect for a day trip out of London.
Emily’s Tea Room – Whitwell
The only other tandem hire in the Chilterns that we know of and just the one. Ring for details.