A one stop shop for all things cycling – In the community, for the community
We’re a non-profit community bike centre – not just a traditional bike shop. We’re in the Pavilion at the Holywell Community Centre. (see map) Feel free to pop in to our workshop at the Hub to meet the team, we’ll be happy to show you around.
We offer bike repair services, maintenance courses and cycle training. We also accept your old bikes (the ones that have been cluttering up the back of your garden for years!) and recycle them, salvaging what we can. In turn we also sell affordable reconditioned bikes and bike parts.
We’re here to help you with advice and information about cycling and bikes, including local cycle routes and maps, news about locally led rides and cycling opportunities and advice on bike parts and maintenance. Click to view Who We are – What we do… →
Kids Easter Holiday Courses!
Monday 7th April to Friday 11th April
6 to 13 yrs Learn to Ride Course
runs from Monday to Wednesday 7 Apr – 9 Apr 2014 1:00 to 3:30 pm
£30 Book Online Here
6 to 13 yrs Developing Skills Course
runs from Thursday to Friday 10 Apr – 11 Apr 1:00 to 3:30 pm
£20 Book Online Here
Or book both courses
for the Monday to Friday and receive a £10 discount
£40 Book Online for both courses here
Want your kids cycling safely on the road…..
What is Bikeability?
Bikeability is ‘cycling proficiency’ for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads.
There are three Bikeability levels, with each level designed to help improve their cycling skills, no matter what they know already. Levels 1, 2 and 3 take trainees on a journey from the basics of balance and control, all the way through to planning and making a journey by themselves on busier roads.
Children will typically start Bikeability lessons once they have learnt to ride a bike. Level 1 will help new riders to control their bike before they move on to developing on-road skills at Level 2. Level 2 is usually tackled by children in Years 5 or 6, before they leave primary school. Level 3 teaches trainees how to ride in different and more challenging traffic situations, and is usually completed by children of secondary school age.
Bikeabililty L1 Course runs from Monday 9.30-11.30 and L2 Tuesday to Friday 9.30 -10.45
£10 To Book onto the L1 Course ONLY click here
Bikeability L2 Course runs from Tuesday 8th April – Friday 11th April L2 9.30-10.45
£32 To Book onto the L2 Course ONLY (proof will be required that you have completed the L1 course) click here
Or to book on both the Bikeability L1 & L2 Course for the whole week £40 click here
Kids will enjoy learning the skills and developing the confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads
Three-time Olympic cycling medallist and sports commentator Rob Hayles showcases our service dedicated to carrying out mobile repairs on bicycles
With more and more people choosing to cycle regularly we felt a need to make it easy for people in Watford & the surrounding area to get their bike serviced at a convenient place and affordable price. We will take the service out into key places in the community and fix bikes where it suits you.
People will be able to drop their bikes in to our new, fully-equipped mobile bicycle repair van. We will have a regular timetable of visits to local rail & tube stations, business parks, community venues and Watford General Hospital.
We are thrilled that cycling star Rob Hayles helped us showcase the initiative. He said; “A no-fuss, same day bike service where you need it is what we all want. That’s the great thing about what Watford Cycle Hub is doing. It’s a real timesaver for busy people and families who might not be able to get their bikes over to a specialist shop. Keeping your bike well maintained is something we all have to do and anything that makes it a bit easier and faster is a massive help.”
We thank all our wonderful partners and supporters for helping us to develop this offer, particularly Hertfordshire County Council’s BIGHERTSBIGIDEAS who awarded a grant from their Local Sustainable Transport Fund to help extend our services.
More information including timetable and pricing to follow.
The latest ‘About Watford’ magazine article celebrates the Watford Cycle Hub one year on!
extract from About Watford December 2013 ….. download the web version here
“Watford Cycle Hub is a community resource for people who cycle or want to cycle in Watford. Set up by Kate Jenkins as a ‘notfor-profit venture,’ with funding from Watford Community Housing Trust and the Council, the Cycle Hub is a place you can have your bicycle serviced, repaired and reconditioned by professionally qualified cycle mechanics. No job is too small for the Hub’s friendly mechanics or you can learn how to do all those things yourself! Tools and work-bays are available for hire with guidance and training available.
You can pick up free route maps, browse cycle magazines and use Wi-Fi, plus buy reasonably priced refreshments and cycle accessories. You can also get involved with community bike rides, meet other cyclists and join in with fun events. Of course, cycling doesn’t stop over the winter months. Watford Cycle Hub can help with Christmas gifts – from personalised cycle accessories, fully reconditioned ‘like new’ bikes and sessions to safely build new boxed bikes.
Maintenance modules can also help ‘winterise your bike’.
Highlights of the Hub’s first year include:
• a community award for junior apprentice, Adam Welch
• oversubscribed ‘women’s only cycling’ and ‘maintenance module’ programmes
• a Sky Ride local participation record for Cassiobury Park based rides
• a visit from the Prime Minister, British Cycling’s Sir David Brailsford and Olympians Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy.
Everyone can get involved as a customer, volunteer, by donating unloved or outgrown bikes or helping to spread the word!”
About Watford December web version.pdf Watford can be downloaded here
Visit Watford Cycle Hub at The Pavilion, Holywell Community Centre, Chaffinch Lane, WD 18 9QD,
tel: 01923 223994 go online to: www.watfordcyclehub.org.uk
As the golden days of summer then the golden hues of autumn give way to the dank days of November thoughts turn to Christmas.
This newsletter looks back over an exciting first year and forward to Christmas, how we can help with your Christmas shopping and satisfy your cycling interests throughout the winter.
Our lovely refurbished facilities, plentiful free parking & a warm welcome guaranteed means we are the ideal place for all your cycling needs – use our services and facilities to keep your bike running whatever the weather. Pop in for a tea or coffee just to take a break, have a quick chat or use the dark hours to learn more about your bike.
Winter Warmers from Watford Cycle Hub
Kay, our Workshop Manager has put together a set of essentials to keep you & your loved ones cycling safely during the winter; from personal warming neck tubes/buffs and fluorescent waterproof gloves, high viz helmets, rucksack covers through seatpacks for emergencies to bike protection with cleaning tools, lubes & cycle covers.
View our flyer online & come and try personal items for size before ordering.
Prepare Your Bike For Winter
Ian, our Senior Apprentice & “mileage-eater” recommends you prepare your bike for winter with the following:
• Get your bike serviced before the winter season really gets under way
• Fit mudguards to help you & your bike stay clean
• Make sure your lights are up to the job
• Upgrade to tough, puncture resistant winter tyres
•‘Weatherproof’ your bike
We’re happy to guide and recommend the best options for you & your bike, so come & see us. Click to view Winter 2013 Newsletter →
Go Ride Club Session
22 Nov 2013 – 18:00 to 19:00 at Watford Cycle Hub, Chaffinch Lane, Watford – meet in the Social space.If possible bring your bike and lights, warm clothes and be ready for some fun! All 6-18 year olds welcome but remember you must have with you a signed consent form which can be downloaded from our website More details here
Wifi is now available in our premises so if you want to come along for a chat you wont be out of touch!
The Prime Minister, with Olympians Sir Chris Hoy & Victoria Pendleton and Tour de France winning SKY Cycling Team manager, Sir David Brailsford paid us a visit this summer!
The Prime Minister visited the British Cycling-supported Watford Cycle Hub and met volunteer ride leaders for Breeze, British Cycling’s programme to get more women started in cycling, and children and coaches from Go-Ride, British Cycling’s development programme for young people.
From Thursday 12th September, 6.30pm –“Maintenance Modules” training
Our bike maintenance modules are aimed at anyone who wants to know more about how their bike works, reduce costs or just get their bike in peak condition. It also gives all you “cycling nuts” something bike related to do in the darker autumn evenings.
We offer a ten week programme in the Hub workshop and you can pick and mix as many modules as you like. Each week will cover a different topic, and tuition will be in small groups of 6-8 with our fully qualified staff. Cost is either £22.50 or £31.50 depending on the length of the module that week.
Discounts apply for booking several modules.
Sign up to Modules 1 – 4 AND one of mods 6 to 9; get mod 5 (£22.50) FREE! Sign up to all Modules 1 – 10; get mod 5 (£22.50) AND mod 10 (£31.50) FREE!
Book now online
Or check out our ‘Fix-Your-Bike’ service if you just need a work-bay with stand & tools to hand. Our qualified mechanics are on hand for advice.