Opening Hours

Watford Cycle Hub
The Pavilion

Chaffinch Lane
Watford
WD18 9QD

01923 223 994
07818-047-838

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We are open 6 days a week including Saturday and Sunday, and will take in donations:

 

Mon Closed
 Tue 9:00am 5:00pm
 Wed 9:00am 5:00pm
 Thu 9:00am 5:00pm
 Fri 10:00am 5:30pm
 Sat 9:00am 5:00pm
 Sun 9:30am 4:00pm

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Our Supporters

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Watford Cycle Hub’s Business Support Options

With more and more people choosing to cycle regularly Watford Cycle Hub wants to help make it easy for people to make cycling a realistic transport option for short business trips and their daily commute.

Working in partnership, Hertfordshire County Council, has through its BIGHERTSBIGIDEAS package has awarded Watford Cycle Hub a grant from its Local Sustainable Transport Fund to help extend our Pavilion Workshop services with a fully-equipped van to make regular visits and provide affordable, no-fuss, same day cycle repair & maintenance services where it suits people the most.

We are currently building a regular programme of locations including Watford General, local rail stations, business parks and community venues.

  • Repairs & services are carried out by experienced, professionally qualified cycle mechanics
  • Affordable competitive menu of services
  • From complete service package bundles to just a ‘tweak’ ……. “no job too small & we’ll find the cheapest way to keep you cycling safely”
  • Take away the hassle & free up time to be out enjoying a leisure ride!!
  • drop your bike in for service as part of a planned journey
  • Check your bike in, continue with your day & pick it up to ride home.
  • Confidence that you’re leaving your bike in good hands AND supporting a local social enterprise   “working in the community for the community”

We offer three maintenance service options to support your organisation:

      Dr Bike

      Fleet & Pool Bikes

      Mobile Mechanic

 

     Dr Bike on a chosen day & time we come to your organisation and conduct bike safety checks with quick & easy minor repairs & adjustments.  Additional works identified can be booked direct with Watford Cycle Hub.

Bookings made for service at the Pavilion Workshop within one month with work conducted & paid for within three months will benefit from a 10% discount. for more details click here

 

     Fleet & Pool Bike safety checks & maintenance of bikes for organisations who have invested in a fleet of pool bikes for use by their employees.

 

     Mobile Mechanic we bring our workshop to you for your employees.  This can be a regular visit or one-off.

We will work with you to identify the most suitable place to set up the mobile service and publicise the service to your employees and make it easy for them to ‘book in’ for a service.

 

Before agreeing a date & time select the support level that suits you best:

 

Option A – Standard service.

Employees pay us direct for the services, parts & accessories they have.

 

Option B – Labour support.  

A step up from Dr Bike & Option A with the organisation paying for the labour element of our time on site. 

Costs are defined by the pre-determined time we spend on site & the number of mechanics assigned.  You decide.

Employees pay us direct for the parts & accessories used in the service.

 

Option C – Bespoke.

Watford Cycle Hub will work with you to understand the service, benefit or outcome the organisation wants to provide for their employees and together we’ll develop an agreeable proposal.

Mobile Mechanic Service

Watford Cycle Hub – your one-stop-shop for all things cycling – extend our Pavilion Workshop services to provide a no-fuss, convenient same day Mobile Mechanic ServiceMobile Cycle Mechanic Van

  • Repairs & services by experienced, professionally qualified cycle mechanics
    Fully equipped van with Pavilion Workshop backup.
    Affordable competitive menu of services
    From complete service package bundles to just a ‘tweak’
  • “no job too small & we’ll find the cheapest way to keep you cycling safely”
    Take away the hassle & free up time to be out enjoying a leisure ride!!
    drop your bike in for service as part of a planned journey
    Check your bike in; continue your onward journey; pick up on your return.
    Confidence that you’re leaving your bike in good hands AND supporting a local social enterprise “working in the community for the community”

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Watford Cycle Hub in partnership with Herts County Council, through its 

BIGHERTSBIGIDEAS package awarded a grant from its Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

By agreement with London Midland, we’ll be at Watford Junction station

every Monday, 06:00 hrs – 18:30 hrs

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Service packages:

 

·        Safety Check – £25

·        Standard – £60

(Scroll down for prices)

·        Essential – £40

·        Overhaul – £120

Mobile Mechanic Contact: 07948-601-504 mobile@watfordcyclehub.org.uk

How It Works:

  • Check your bike in with us from 6:00am (Booking form available online.)
  • Agree works to be conducted and preferred method of payment.
  • “no job too small & we find the most cost-effective way to keep you cycling safely”
  • FREE assessment & advice to help you prioritise what’s needed.
  • We’ll always get your authority to proceed with any works needed.
  • We contact you on completion by text or email for payment.
  • You make payment with either: · BACs • Payment Card • Cash
  • We receive notification of payment from you via email or text
  • You collect by 6:30pm on your return journey
  • In exceptional cases we can arrange:
    • ‘Storage’- £3/day
    • ‘Same Night Drop’ – £5 + mileage ‘Next Day Drop’ – price on request
    • (3 miles of station free then 55p/mile)

 LABOUR PRICE LIST * 

Service packages:

·        Safety Check – £25

·        Standard – £60

 

·        Essential – £40

·        Overhaul – £120

Brakes

 

                     Adjust (rim brake – each)

                     £ 5

                     Service / replace pads (rim brake – not Magura)

                     £10

                     Adjust (cable disc – each)

                     £ 8

                     Service / replace pads (cable disc)

                     £12

                     Adjust (hydraulic disc / rim – each)

                     £10

                     Service / replace pads (hydraulic disc / rim)

                     from £25

 

 

Gears

 

                     Adjust / index

                     £5

                     Service / replace derailleur

                     from £15

                     Clean / replace chain

                     £10

                     replace chainset

                     £10

                     replace bottom bracket

                     £15

 

 

Wheels

 

                     Tyre / tube change

                     £8

                     Service hub (each)

                     £15

                     True wheel (each)

                     from £15

                     Replace spoke / true

                     £18

                     Wheel build (each)

                     from £30

 

 

*All prices do not include parts

  Please contact us in advance for parts prices and availability.

  email:    workshop@watfordcyclehub.org.uk               tel:    01923-223-994

Other Services available from our Pavilion Workshop  – open 7 days a week

* 10%Concession to ALL Watford Community Housing Trust residents; students; seniors & job seekers.

Dr Bike

Watford Cycle Hub’s Dr Bike

 Mobile Cycle Mechanic VanWhat is Dr Bike?

We will send our Mobile Cycle Mechanics to your event, community group, school or workplace to conduct bike safety checks with quick & easy minor repairs & adjustments of those bikes that have been ridden or brought in.

Most minor problems can be fixed on the spot, with more major problems being referred to our main Pavilion Workshop at Watford Cycle Hub, King George V Playing Fields, Tolpits Lane, WD18 9QD.

Dr Bike is a great way of encouraging people to travel to work or school by bicycle and promotes bike safety through maintenance.

If you’re within a 3 to 5 miles radius of Watford Cycle Hub we may use our fully equipped Cargo Bike to travel to you!

If you’re further afield or it’s a more major event we will use our fully fitted & equipped Mobile Mechanic Service van.

Who uses Dr Bike?

Dr Bike offers a point of interest & attraction, though a growing number of organisations and employers, conscious of promoting sustainable and active forms of transport and wanting to promote regular cycling use the service as a to reward cyclists or an introduction to our other Fleet & Mobile Mechanic Services.

Dr Bike events are known to tempt new or less frequent cyclists to cycle in for the day just to get their bike serviced and prompt a more permanent modal shift!

How much does Dr Bike cost?

The charge for Dr Bike is £50/hr and we recommend a minimum of two hours on site and can be flexed in line with increasing demand.  Additional mechanics are charged at £40/hr.

The cost pays for the mechanic’s time and tools.  Any big parts that need to be replaced are purchased in addition to the hourly charge and invariably are borne by the bike owner.

For an organisations wanting to encourage employees to cycle and happy to extend their support we can provide a budget to incorporate minor parts in organisation’s offer.

All our mechanics are fully qualified and insured.

To find out more information or book Watford Cycle Hub’s Dr Bike?

Contact Watford Cycle Hub on 01923-223-994 or email office@watfordcyclehub.org.uk

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Services Summary

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.

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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.

Mission

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To promote cycling in the Watford area by providing information and practical support to all those who are interested in cycling. We want to be a positive contribution to the Watford community.

Overview of services we provide and cost

Bike service:

  • Safety check – £25
  • Essential – £40
  • Standard – £60
  • Overhaul – £120

Sale of reconditioned bikes:

  • Childrens 12” – 16” from £45
  • Childrens 18” – 20” from £55
  • Youths 24” from £65
  • Adult 26” and 700c from £95

Fix Your Bike…

Once you’ve got the know-how but lacking space or the right tools?

We have both with our ‘Fix-Your-Bike’ service!   Our qualified mechanics are on hand for expert help and advice (but not someone to do the work for you!)   Hire a fully-equipped work-bay for £7 per hour ……. also includes free tea, coffee, gloves and overalls for you; oil and grease for your bike.

New or reconditioned parts are also available to buy.

Email workshop@watfordcyclehub.org.uk to book a work bay ……

We offer a range of introductory cycling courses as well as more advanced mountain bike and skills courses e.g Bikeability, MIAS Gears.

If you are interested in registering on a course for yourself or for your organisation, please get in contact: training@watfordcyclehub.org.uk

Learn to cycle or get back in the saddle feeling confident and comfortable.

  • Beginners
  • Confidence boosters
  • Intermediates

See our courses page for more details

Bike Maintenance Courses

The Cycle Hub offers bike maintenance courses.  They are 2½-hour to 3½-hour group training sessions from professional mechanics to guide through maintaining your own bike from the basics to more challenging levels.  From £25

Click to view Bike Maintenance Modules →

Bike Maintenance

Repairs:

If your bike needs some attention you can either drop it in for a service (details below) or bring it in for a ‘Fix Your Bike’ session and use our workshop and tools to repair you own bike.  Our Mechanics will be on hand to offer help and advice.

Services:

  • Safety Check                                                             £25.00
  • Essential                                                                    £40.00
  • Standard                                                                   £60.00
  • Overhaul                                                                   £120.00

Do you have  the know-how but lack space or the right tools?

We have both with our ‘Fix-Your-Bike’ service!

Our qualified mechanics are on hand for expert help and advice

(please note that this is a DIY service using our tools and workshop !)

Hire a fully-equipped work-bay for £7 per hour

……. also includes free tea, coffee, gloves and overalls for you; oil and grease for your bike.

New or reconditioned parts are also available to buy.

Email: workshop@watfordcyclehub.org.uk to book a work bay ……

Cycle Courses

We offer a range of introductory cycling courses as well as more advanced mountain bike and skills courses e.g Bikeability, MIAS Gears.

If you are interested in registering on a course for yourself or for your organization, please get in contact: training@watfordcyclehub.org.uk

What is Bikeability?

Bikeability is ‘cycling proficiency’ and is designed to give the next generation the skills and confidence to ride their bikes safely on the roads.

There are three Bikeability levels. A child will typically start Bikeability lessons once they have learnt to ride a bike, with 10-11 year olds progressing through to Level 2, and then Level 3 at secondary school (11-18 year olds).

Bikeability was developed by more than 20 professional organisations including the Royal Society for Prevention against Accidents and is supported by cross-Government departments including the Department for Transport, Department of Health and Department for Children, Schools and Families.

For more information visit the Bikeability page

Riding & Cycle Training

 Why should you Cycle?

Cycling is great for your health; it can be as low or high intensity as you like and it is a simple and effective way to keep in shape.

Not only is cycling good for your waistline but also it is good for your wallet!  Bikes require far less maintenance than cars or motorbikes, they cost less to insure and the only fuel you need to for them is the food you eat.

In crowded towns and cities cycling is often more time efficient than driving, it also saves you from the headache of parking.

watford cycle routes thumbnailDownload maps covering all the cycle routes in Watford from here

 

Route planning: http://www.mapmyride.com/