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Balloon Bikes have sold out for 2018/19

Who can join?

All University of Bristol students can hire a bike, no matter whether new or existing, undergraduate or postgraduate, full-time or part-time, Home, EU or International.  Bikes are hired out on a first-come first-served basis, so be quick!

What are the bikes like?

Step-through frame


Crossbar bike

Our bikes are Ridgeback Meteors and they come in two styles - step-through (left) and cross-bar (right) - and a variety of sizes. Check our size guide for more information.

All bikes come with D and cable locks, front and rear lights, mudguards and a pannier rack.

How much does it cost?

The hire fee is just £50 for an academic year (to July). You will also need to pay a £100 deposit (refundable on return of the bike in good condition).


It is your responsibility to take out insurance against theft, and we recommend this. You could do this through your home or any other insurances. These are some examples:

Terms and conditions

Hirers are responsible for looking after the bike and ensuring it is maintained in good condition.  Please read the Agreement for full details. Please also read the list of the checks that are made at the end of the hire period.

Other activities

Balloon Bikes will be offering events, activities and training open to all students, regardless of whether or not you’re one of the 50 lucky Balloon Bikers.  The University also offers cycling training, maintenance courses and a free fortnightly cycle clinic. 


If you have any questions please email:

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