Smart Journeys – 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 Try Before You Buy that are available to residents of Alconbury and Eaton Socon for free.

We are currently operating monthly sessions at both sites to help support local residents to maintain their bikes or try out cycling.

DATES: Please note we will be adding more dates immenently.

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 confirm t&cs, 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 and check ID and address. 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. We can provide advice on purchasing a bike, whether that’s through ourselves or elsewhere. 

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.


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 Brompton bikes which are world renowned for being the smallest and simplest to fold and considered the best in the market. The bikes also store easily indoors so perfect if you don’t have a garage or shed to store a bigger bike.

Electric bike

We have a number of electric city bikes available which are particularly helpful to anybody with long commutes or disability requirements. We use excellent Gazelle models which use powerful and smooth Bosch motors, ensuring hills and distance are no barrier!


Cargo Bike – Babboe City

As specialists in cargo bikes we have selected our popular two-wheeled Babboe City bike for residents to trial. They have a lovely balance and are easy to ride, while having very good capacity. They can accommodate up to 3 children and we have a range of seats and accessories to suit. Contact us if you have any questions or specific requirements.

Tandem Helios

Our popular and versatile tandem is designed just outside Cambridge by the fantastic Circe Cycles and is perfect for transporting children on the school run, keeping them close and safe. Equally it’s great fun for two adults for a Sunday leisure ride. Its 20″ wheels means it’s compact, super light and there’s enough range on the seat post for it to be suitable for 4 year olds and up. We’ve got special crank adaptors for small people.


Children’s Frog  bike

Frog Bike dealers we have a huge range of Frog children’s bikes available to try. These cater in height for 2 years up to 13. Frog bikes are lightweight with high quality parts, with the Frog believing if a bike is fun and easy to ride children are more likely to take to riding. The lightweight also makes them easy to transport, particularly if you use them on the school run one way. They can pair particularly well with our cargo bike if you had one child riding and another in the cargo bike. The Frog bike can then go in the cargo bike for the return home.

What accessories are available:


All bookings include an optional brand new helmet free of charge. We also have additional helmets available if required.


All adult bikes come with the option of our tough, waterproof panniers. These remain on the bike at all times and you can simply put your own bag into them while riding.

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). 

We also have a range of seats available for the Babboe City cargo bike catering from 3 months and up.


Dr Bike Repair Sessions

Dr Bike 30 minute free servicing

Book a slot and bring your bike for one of our mechanics to check and repair at either Alconbury Weald or Eaton Socon. We do a 30 minute Silver Service with 35-point safety check on your bike, fix common issues and recommend work for any bigger problems. All labour is free there is a parts allowance for any parts required to keep the bike roadworthy.

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.