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Cycling for students in Sheffield

Although at first Sheffield with its multiple hills might seem a bit off-putting for the cyclist, Sheffield has a rich history and many connections with the sport of cycling. Here we shall look at how you can get on your bike. The enthusiasm for cycling has increased since the 2014 Tour de France. The Tour de Yorkshire was introduced because of the interest generated.

Where to get a bike

There are several shops which sell bikes in Sheffield, here is a list of the more renowned ones:

JeJames Cycles has a huge selection of bikes

Tony Butterworth has some demo bikes to try

Evans Cycles friendly helpful advice

Giant Store professional and knowledgeable service

Decathlon very reasonably priced bikes and clothing

Russell’s bike shed will hire a bike for you to try out cycling. You will find them in Kelham island, and the railway station.

Langsett Cycles also do bike hire

You can also hire a bike through the University of Sheffield at The Bike Hut

Where to store your bike

As SPTL we have installed a bike store at most of our properties. You can search through our properties for one that suits you.  The cycle hub at the University of Sheffield has changing rooms and showers, so you do not have to go in all sweaty to your lecture. Here is a link to the map of cycle racks in the university campuses


The ride to work week is the 25th to 31st March, you log your miles and can win prizes.

Let’s ride is in July in Sheffield. It is a celebration of cycling. A street festival held on Ecclesall road. 10,000 attended last year.

Clubs and Social groups

The University of Sheffield has a cycling group on Facebook

The Sheffield Hallam cycling club with a strong MTB and road bike group

Wheel do it are a cycling group in Sheffield who hold regular rides out.

CTC Sheffield is a very sociable cycling group, non-competitive with routes for all, all based around cafes.

Become a two-wheeled warrior with The Brewdog Chain gang, enjoy craft beer and cycling, then this is the gang for you. Rides planned around pubs.

Cycling routes

Within the city, the cycling routes are getting better. If you are a confident rider, you will have little problems getting around. Joi one of the above groups to enhance your riding skills and confidence. Or book a session with Pedal ready,  who teaches adult cycling.

More pleasant leisure routes are to be found on the Five Weirs walk or head into the peak district. Parkwood Springs is the place to head for with your MTB. For the brave and stronger riders, taste the Tour de France route, plan a route to take in Jenkin Hill at Meadowhall or Jawbone hill at Oughtibridge.

We hope this has given you an idea of what is on offer in Sheffield regarding cycling. This is only scratching the surface and so do let us know if there are any groups, advice. or routes you would like to see included.