Smart Journey – Dr Bike and Cycle Loan Scheme

Welcome to the Smart Journey Dr Bike and Cycle Loan Scheme page. Below is information about the Dr Bike repair sessions and one-month Cycle Loan Scheme that are available to you for free.

We are currently operating monthly sessions in Northstowe and Alconbury to help support local residents to maintain their bikes or try out cycling.

Cycle Loan Scheme

We’ve selected some great bikes to meet a variety of needs that you can borrow for a whole month for free.

It’s super-easy to book. Just read the information below, choose a bike and any accessories you need and hit the ‘book now’ button. You’ll be asked to choose a date and time to collect the bike and we will then send a confirmation email with details of the venue and what to bring.

If you need any help or advice before booking, feel free to get in touch and we’ll answer any queries you have.

Collecting your bike

When you sign up you’ll book a 30-minute handover slot where we will handover the bike and accessories. Our friendly team will show you how to use the bike and answer any questions. You’ll need to sign and agree to the cycle loan agreement

The bikes come with locks, lights and panniers as well as a helmet if you require.

Returning your bike

At the end of the month, you’ll need to bring the bike back. You’ll be offered to buy it at a discounted rate (though you’re under no obligation) or if it wasn’t quite right, we can point you in the direction of alternative designs depending on your needs.

In the meantime we hope see you out on the cycle paths of Cambridge before long!

What bikes are available for the Eddington Cycle loan scheme?


City bike

We have some lovely  bikes for you to use for cycling to work. These have an upright, comfortable position and are really easy to use. They can easily tow a trailer or have a child’s seat attached if the children need dropping off before work.


Electric bike

We have a limited number of  available on a priority basis to those who have to travel more than four miles and/or who have particular need of a powered bike. We use the excellent Gazelle Orange model which has a powerful and smooth Bosch motor, ensuring hills and distance are no barrier!


Cargo Bike – Babboe City

We have a couple of  which are the most popular cargo bikes in Cambridge. They have a lovely balance and are really easy to use. Recommended if you are regularly carrying children and/or cargo!


Tandem Helios

The  is designed just outside Cambridge by the fantastic Circe cycles and is perfect for children. Its 20″ wheels means it’s really compact, super light and there’s enough range on the seat post for it to be suitable for 3 year olds and up. We’ve got special crank adaptors for small people.


Brompton folding bike

Choose a folding bike, if you regularly need to get to the station or put your bike in the car for a part of the journey. We use  bikes which are world renowned for being the quickest, simplest and all round best in the market.


Budget City Bike

Our  and  City Bikes are not part of the loan scheme but are available to purchase at any time (with or without the loan). For £299 the bikes are a great budget way to get a bike with commuting necessities like mudguards and a rack included.

What children’s bikes & accessories are available?


Child seat

If you need to drop off a small child on the way to work, then we can have your loan bike set up with a decent quality child seat – children really love being on the bike. Our  have been safety tested and come with a kitemark.

This child bicycle seat is only suitable for carrying children with a maximum weight of 22 Kg (and children with recommended ages ranging from 9 months to 5 years of age – with the weight as the decisive variable). 


Bike trailer

We have  bike trailers available which are suitable for children aged just a few months up to around 5 years old. These trailers also double as a buggy so perfect if you need to head in to town to the shops for example. There’s a really easy hitch for quick change over and a special sling harness to ensure safety of your precious cargo.


The manufacturers recommended maximum height is 117cm, and maximum carrying capacity of 45kg (i.e. total of all children and luggage)


Childrens bikes

Our lightweight  are brilliant for children of all ages. Their hybrid design makes them great for commuting to school and exploring out into the country side.

Balance bikes

A lovely lightweight  – the perfect way to start your life of cycling, building confidence and developing the key life skill of balance.


Dr Bike Repair Sessions

Dr Bike 30 minute free bicycle check ups.

Book a slot and bring your bike for one of our mechanics to check and repair. We do a 35-point safety check on your bike, fix any smaller issues and recommend work for any bigger problems. All labour is free but there is a small charge for any parts.

During your slot you’re encouraged to stay and ask questions and pick up tips during the 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can leave the bike with us and collect at the end of your slot.

Please note,  when the session finishes any bikes not collected will be left at the Dr Bike location.

Book a Dr Bike slot below.