Bike Hire in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire & Moray
You can't always take your bike with you. For sure, it is easy to take a bike on Scotrail trains, but it is not so easy when flying and there may not be enough room in the car once you have packed the family and all their holiday gear. So, hiring a bike for a morning, a day or longer is worth considering.
Bike hire is easy, relatively cheap, and offers you the chance to try out a different bike. Roadies get a chance to try mountain biking, mountain bikers get a chance to try road biking, and everyone gets a chance to try an e-bike.
Below we have put together a few things to consider when renting a push bike, and a list of the cycle hire providers we know about in north east Scotland. Let us know if we have missed anyone.
Questions to Ask When Hiring a Bike
We recommend giving any hire company you are considering using a quick telephone call and asking a few questions, for example:
- What spec, size and age are your bikes. Bike brands measure bikes from different points so check the bike will fit you. Do you need a woman's specific frame, or saddle? Will the gearing be low enough for your proposed routes and level of fitness.
- What accessories are included in the hire? Spare tube, pump & levers, and bike lock are fairly common.
- Can I use my own pedals, saddle, GPS mount? You may want to take these things with you.
- How much will it cost? Look out for discounts for longer hire periods.
- What proof of identity and deposit will be required. For high end MTBs and e-bikes a deposit of a couple of hundred pound may be required.
Picking up your Rented Bike
When you pick up your bike, make sure it is set up for you - saddle height is OK, and if using your own pedals and saddle get the hire company to fit them so you don't need to take tools with you.
Give the brakes a test. They will be set up ‘UK style’ i.e. left brake will control the back and right brake the front. This is the opposite to Europe and the US so may be a surprise to some foreign visitors. If it is then be gentle on your first rides until you’re used to the set up.
Lastly, before cycling away from the hire shop give the rental bike a quick safety check to ensure everything functions correctly and is firmly attached to the frame.
Bike Hire Shops
Aberdeen Bike Hire
Barclay Bike Bothy
Drumthwacket Drive, Portlethen.
Phone: 07770 872637 Web Site
Barclay Bike Bothy offer a selection of adult bicycles for daily hire, with discounts available for longer periods.
They have Hybrid road bikes, and MTB trail bikes.
21-22 High Street, Aberdeen.
beCyCle Web Site
beCyCle is a community project (not a charity) that lends out bikes for free (yes, for free!). If they have a bike you can borrow it - though it may need a wee bit of fixing up before you get it.
Aboyne E-bike Hire
Phone: 07794 695077 Web Site
EGuide Scotland has a fleet of full suspension MTB ebikes, spare batteries and relevant accessories for hire.
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Station Square, Ballater.
Phone: 013397 54004 Web Site
Bike Station Ballater has a large fleet of continually replaced mountain, gravel and E-bikes available for hire throughout the year. Also offer junior bikes, tag a longs, and trailers for hire.
The Pavilion, Victoria Road.
Phone: 013397 55864 Web Site
Cycle Highlands is Scotland’s number 1 Santa Cruz dealer and demo centre, and offer you the opportunity to hire the latest Carbon models for a day or more.
Braemar MTB Hire
Braemar Mountain Sports
5 Invercauld Rd, Braemar
Phone: 01339 741242 Web Site
Braemar Mountain Sports have hardtail MTBs, and electric mountain bikes for hire.
Buckie Cycle Hire
Coast N Cruise
Phone: 07484 253369
Operating mainly within the Moray area Coast N Cruise offer a bike hire service, and mobile bike repair.
Dufftown Bike Hire
Dufftown and District Community Association
The Clock Tower, Dufftown
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The DDCA operate a bike hire scheme where we have bikes of all types available to hire, including kids balance bikes, young childrens bikes, mountain bikes for adults and ebikes too. They even have trikes, recumbents and trailers.
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Elgin Bike Hire
Moray Sports Center
Linkwood Road, Elgin
Phone: 01343 610670 Web Site
Moray Sport Centre's inclusive range of bikes ensures everyone can get involved in the fun. They have a range of adapted bikes e.g. trikes, tandems, semi recumbent bikes, hand bikes etc to make cycling accessible to all.
Findhorn Bicycle Hire
Phone: 07801 365710
Cycle repair company, Bikespokes work in partnership with Findhorn Bay Holiday Park to provide Cycle Hire from the Holiday Park for both residents and non-residents.
Glenlivet MTB Hire
Glenlivet Trail Center
Glenlivet Bike Trails, Ballindalloch, AB37 9AR
Phone: 07963 217793 Web Site
Glenlivet Mountain Bike Centre have hardtail MTBs in adult and child sizes, and adult sized e-MTBs for hire during the summer months.
Huntly E-bike Hire
Huntly Development Trust
Brander Building, The Square, Huntly
Phone: 01466 799416 Web Site
Huntly Development Trust have e-bikes to suit all - Belgium style postal bike with built in storage, mountain bikes, and mixed bikes. All available on a variety of hire periods.
Kincardine O'Neil E-bike Hire
E Trail Adventures
N Deeside Rd, Kincardine O'Neil.
Phone: ---- Facebook Page
Etrail Adventures offer E-bike rental, either accompanied by their guides or for you to use unaccompanied.
Lossiemouth Bike, E-bike & Trike Hire
Shore Street, Lossiemouth.
Phone: 01343 549571 Web Site
Bike Revolution is Outfit Moray's social enterprise project. They have mountain bikes, e-bikes, ice trikes, and urban bikes for hire.
Portsoy Road Bike Hire
Aurora Bike Repair
Seafield Street, Portsoy.
Phone: 07879 437251. Web Site
Aurora Bike Repair have road bikes available in sizes Small and Medium for hire. Great for trying out road bikes for the first time.
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