Making cycling affordable

woman with bikeHow can I save money on the cost of a bicycle and bicycle accessories?

Second Hand Bikes

You can get low cost, high quality reconditioned second hand bikes from Lifecycle and Bristol Bike Project.

Tax benefit cycle scheme

Staff are also able to get financial assistance if they cycle for work purposes as well as help towards the purchase of a new bike through the University's Cycle to Work Scheme.

Lock and light Sales

It is important to use a good quality cycle lock (silver rated or higher) and cycle lights.

The University sells Gold-rated D-Locks and cycle lights at heavily discounted prices for students, and at wholesale prices for staff members.

Locks and lights can also be purchased from Security Services at Royal Fort Security Lodge during their opening hours Monday to Friday 08:00 to 16:00 (Card payments only are accepted) and via the The Bristol SU Shop online shop with the physical shop open Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm.  The University also holds adhoc cycle lock and light sales which will be advertised on cycle events programme, through the University's Cycle mailing list as well as other channels.



Student discounted price

Staff Price

Master Lock U-bar

Gold Standard security rating

 £10  £22.32

Bike Light Set


Steady and flashing settings. LED lights. Small, sleek and compact in design. Both lights are easily removed to help prevent theft.



Discounts for University of Bristol staff and students at local bike shops



Trek Bicycle Bristol

Embassy House, Clifton,BS8 1SB

Tel: 0117 929 3500

10% on parts and accessories.

Students also recieve 5% on bikes

Mud Dock

40 The Grove,Harbourside,BS1 4RB

Tel: 0117 929 2151

10% on parts, accessories and labour for students and staff.

Temple Cycles

10% on bikes, parts and accessories. 

If you are a bike shop and would like to offer our staff and students a discount please email

Cycle mileage allowance

Staff cycling on University business can claim a mileage allowance of 20 pence per mile by completing expense claims in the normal way, but specifying that they have travelled by bicycle. Journey must be undertaken in the course of the University's business and excludes journeys between one's home and normal place of work.