What is a ‘Bike Library’? Bike libraries are local hubs that allow people to borrow a bicycle, like borrowing a book, which you then hand back. The aim is to boost access to cycling and take advantage of developing infrastructure, offering communities the chance to kick-start their own sustainable ‘bike library’.
What type of bikes are available? There are smaller bikes for children between 114cm and 150cm. Small to Extra Large adult bikes for people between 5’2″ and 6’4″. Plus 2 x Bromptom bikes which are one size, foldable and ideal for commuting. There are only a limited number available of each.
What comes with the bike? If you do not have your own helmet, one will be provided which you must return along with the bike. Any additional equipment you think you may need such as hand pump, puncture repair kit, lights, hi-vis jacket, gloves, waterproof jacket etc – is your responsibility.
What happens if the bike I want is not available? You will be added onto a reserve list for that particular bike and you will be contacted when the bike is brought back by the previous borrower.
How do I borrow a bike? You must follow the four steps below.
STEP 1 – ID Requirements (click here)
Make sure you can provide the correct ID at the bike collection stage.
STEP 2 – Member Registration Form (click here)
To use the Dirt Factory ‘Bike Library’ you must complete the FREE membership form:
STEP 3 – Disclaimer (click here)
You must carefully read and accept the terms and conditions of borrowing a bike:
STEP 4 – Bike Selection and Collection
You’re almost there. Now all you need to do is contact the Dirt Factory Bike Shop (email preferred) and a member of staff will verify steps 2 and 3 have been completed. Once this has been done you will receive an email containing a private link for you to select a bike. Once a bike has been selected
Email: [email protected]
November – February
Mon / Tues – closed
Wed / Sun – 9:30am – 4:30pm
March – October
Mon / Tues – closed
Weds to Fri – 11:00am – 7:00pm
Sat and Sun – 9:30am – 4:30pm
* Summer holiday opening times may vary
Bike libraries do accept donations of bikes. If you have a bike you no longer use and would like to donate then please contact your local bike library to discuss arranging this.