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Lake District Bikes
4.9
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Ben Teague
Ben Teague
18:31 29 Oct 21
Highly recommend John and Lake District Bikes. Hired 3 e-bikes and we were given great bikes and very thorough brief on... how to use them and on the best local routes for our abilities. All in all John was excellent to deal with both in planning our day beforehand and on the actual day of hire.ThanksBenread more
Make it Right
Make it Right
19:02 27 Oct 21
Great experience … went with my teenage son and got the electric bikes. Had a fabulous time… electric bikes are... recommended if you want to go into the forest and hills!read more
Heather Keenan
Heather Keenan
14:01 25 Oct 21
My husband and I rented mountain bikes in July. We've been to Grizedale before so were keen to explore some of the... local trails instead and John gave us some fantastic route recommendations. Additionally when one of the bikes developed a minor mechanical issue towards the end of the first day, John and his team repaired it promptly overnight so it was ready to go again on day 2. We would happily use again.read more
Alex Northcott
Alex Northcott
20:13 28 Sep 21
We hired 2 gravel bikes for the week while in the lakes. Very competitive price. Really helpful and fitted SPD pedals... for us. Maps and local knowledge from the bike fitter as well. Would use again and highly recommend.read more
Michael Schenker
Michael Schenker
08:40 26 Sep 21
We had a great experience with John at Lake District Bikes. We rented two road bikes (one carbon, one titanium) with... compact cassettes and plenty big rear cogs (one was 28, the other 32). Bikes were excellent, John gave us really good routing details which I plugged into my Garmin at his shop. Don’t miss his daughter’s cakes at the end of the ride!read more
Colin Jones
Colin Jones
10:38 11 Sep 21
Highly recommend. Easy to book online. Subject to availability we booked same day. Arrived at : collection point which... is well located to explore the surrounding areas by bike. First time on an ebike. Great for exploring the lakes and takes a lot of the hard work away as well as being great fun. John showed us how to get the best out the bikes and recommended a route and provided maps. Great mixture of road and fun coming back via the forest route. Overall out for approx 5 hours and very impressed and have recommended several others to do this and will definitely do again in the coming months.read more
James Gairdner
James Gairdner
20:33 08 Sep 21
Great value, quality bike and great service. John set up the bike and provided advice of the best routes throughout the... Lakes. So much easier than strapping my bike to my car, will definitely hire from John again when we return next year.read more
G Hobbs
G Hobbs
09:56 08 Sep 21
Hired 4 Trek E-Mountain bikes from John. Had a great time. The bikes were well maintained. John was very knowledgeable... and suggested some very fun and scenic routes. I will definitely go back to him if I'm up in the Lake District again.read more
Keith McGibbon
Keith McGibbon
14:10 04 Sep 21
We hired a Cube Reaction Pro e-MTB and had an amazing four days. John is very knowledgeable and helpful in his bike... equipment and safety review. We used his maps as a guide and went off for 4 days and 120km of amazing cycling. The bike was brilliant and made up for the lack of skill and experience in the rider! We're definitely coming back.read more
Chris Bristow
Chris Bristow
17:46 09 Aug 21
I hired the Enigma Esprit Titanium for 4 days to explore some of the area around Pennington. The bike was great, John... fitted pedals to match my cleats which saved having to bring my own pedals. Bike was lovely and had enough gears to get up all hills encountered! John has a wealth of bike knowledge and has a great bike hire service, friendly and great value. Would highly recommendread more
catherine hinds
catherine hinds
15:52 08 Aug 21
Intended as an easy family fun day between climbing mountains, we opted to hire 4 electric bikes and we had great fun... without expending too much energy despite riding 50km. The bikes were well maintained, lived up to their expectations and were easy to handle. We combined the trip with some water sports at Lake Coniston again which was great fun. John provided clear instruction on the bikes and recommended routes. Lovely cakes at the end which helped us up the mountain the next day.read more
caroline lowe
caroline lowe
10:48 03 Aug 21
Would highly recommend. A huge range of bikes and free secure parking. A fabulous base from which to explore a stunning... area of the Lakes. John provided detailed maps for our wo days of riding,. Just a brilliant day, and a lovely area to explore for all levels of biker. Loved itread more
Toby Simpson
Toby Simpson
07:46 02 Aug 21
What a lovely day! Really enjoyed it, the bike was absolutely fantastic and the routes provided by John were clear,... fantastic fun and lovely views. The bike gave me great confidence despite me not riding for a very long time, and as such I enjoyed the day, in fact I would say i haven't got to the end of a day feeling as happy for a very very long time. Thanks for accommodating, and hopefully I'll be back soon!read more
Kirsteen Cacchioli
Kirsteen Cacchioli
14:30 01 Aug 21
We hired great bikes for all the family during our stay in the Lake District. John was really helpful when we collected... the bikes, swapping my bike out for one which was a better fit for me. The bikes were in great condition and the route that John suggested was perfect. We would definitely hire from John again on our next visit.read more
Deborah Chalcraft
Deborah Chalcraft
21:30 26 Jun 21
Had a fabulous days cycling. The bikes were top quality and the routes provided detailed and varied. Everything had... been thought about to make sure we enjoyed our day including adding all the cafes and pubs to our map.The homemade cakes on sale were delicious and a lovely tray on return from your cycle.read more
sophie wright
sophie wright
19:53 21 Jun 21
This was my first time riding a Electric bike and I will definitely be doing it again. If you are looking for something... exciting to fill your day this is one of the things you should try. If you want something subtle you can ride along the roads or if you want more thrill then you can go deep into the mountains and ride up the hills. This was a amazing experience 100% recommend using this service.read more
Leigh Nolan
Leigh Nolan
16:05 21 Jun 21
Would highly recommend. A huge range of bikes and free secure parking. A fabulous base from which to explore a stunning... area of the Lakes. John provided detailed maps for two days of riding, and he also took me on a guided ride over the fells with stunning scenery, so quiet it was like we had the Lakes to ourselves. John’s guiding knowledge was great, describing each section of the ride so I knew what to expect. Just a brilliant day, and a lovely area to explore for all levels of mountain biker. Loved itread more
Joanne Philbrick
Joanne Philbrick
16:52 20 Jun 21
We had the best day on the hybrid mountain bikes. There was 7 of us in are group and john made sure we had the correct... size bikes also giving us a map as a guide. The bikes were fantastic helping us up hill with ease and covering a range of 35 miles over 7 hours. A great day had by all apart from a sore bum🤣read more
Sabrina and Daniel
Sabrina and Daniel
13:40 17 Jun 21
We had a wonderful experience with Lake District Bikes. John was accommodating from the beginning and really went above... and beyond. Him and his team did everything they could for us -- from selecting a route based on our available time and interests, to helping us with our dog, to recommending local restaurants. Would definitely visit again. Thanks for everything John and team!read more
Adeyemi Adeyosoye
Adeyemi Adeyosoye
13:03 17 Jun 21
10/10 experience - Best £70 I’ve spent in my life!Getting a full suspension E mountain bike from John was an... absolutely brilliant experience.Such a wonderful guy that took the time to help us find the perfect route. Would come back for sureread more
Tim Bowles
Tim Bowles
10:11 16 Jun 21
The service provided by John was simply excellent. We hired bikes at a few days notice but were able to book bikes... which individually suited our 8 and 10 year olds and each of us, In fact when we checked the bikes we decided my son's was too big for him and John was able to find a more suitable bike for him. John also helped by giving us directions for a route which was suited to the ages and abilities of our children. And then to crown it all, he really helped by driving some of the bikes up the hill to the start of our trail in order to save the kids legs for the off-road route we'd planned (my fault - I'd forgotten the keys to our bike racks!) When we returned from our ride, our daughter was delighted to be able to feed the ponies on the farm. Thanks John - a fantastic day. We will definitely return some day.read more
Mark Stoakes
Mark Stoakes
07:06 16 Jun 21
What can we say, from the moment the electric gate opened and we met John we knew the service was going to be great, he... explained all about the bikes thoroughly and how best to use them, all the bike are top of the range and of a high standard and very easy to use, and trust me if you take his advice those big hills are so easy to tackle.He gave us a map of a lovey 25mile route along with plenty of advice on where to stop off for snacks and cake.Thank you John and team for a memorable day and the chance for us to see parts of the Lake District we would of never seen.read more
Ian
Ian
20:53 14 Jun 21
Superb bike hire. Really reasonably priced and top end bikes. We hired the e-mtbs and were pleasantly surprised that... they were very high quality, clean and well maintained. Lad who greeted us showed us how to use them and some ideal routes nearby. Great location and great staff, would highly recommend and we’ll be back for sure.read more
S. P.
S. P.
19:13 14 Jun 21
Amazing experience renting e-bikes from John during our stay in the lake district. The bikes were absolutely fantastic,... and John could not have been more helpful providing us with cycling routes which we really enjoyed. Thanks so much, highly recommend.read more
Jane Clarke
Jane Clarke
09:56 09 Jun 21
My wife and I had a great day's cycling, despite some awful weather in May, thanks to John and his attention to... detail.Due to the prospect of heavy rain, John was very open to tracking the weather in the preceding days and proved to be very flexible on timings - this resulted in our tour taking place in really good cycling weather.Alex, our guide, was really good company and gave us a great tour of some of the best areas in The Lakes.Special thanks for the hospitality shown to us at the end of the ride when the weather had changed. We also deferred another day's cycling to be arranged at short notice to ensure better weather, a really helpful suggestion as we're very keen to return, such a fabulous area.read more
Mel Wright
Mel Wright
18:45 31 May 21
Absolutely outstanding service from John. Had a great time for our first time on ebikes. Covered just under 50km on an... amazing route he recommended. Came back covered in mud with massive smiles on our faces. John offered us a lovely warm shower before our trip back to London. 10/10 would visit again and recommend to all.read more
Brian Luty
Brian Luty
18:51 19 May 21
Had three fabulous days on a superb Electric bike. Covered 14 miles on day one, then 29 miles on day two, climbing the... 1:4 Wry Nose pass and still had plenty of battery left! Final day took it easy, just 20 miles of fairly easy terrain. The whole hiring experience was very easy and would definitely use John again. Sorry no photos to post, not a vey enthusiastic photographer!read more
Tim Smith
Tim Smith
18:59 11 May 21
Fantastic! Easy as it could be to book. Friendly welcoming experience throughout. Great route for bluebells and cafe... stops provided by John. Clear instruction on use of our hire bike. Although it didn’t arise I did wonder what we’d have done if the bike had developed a fault eg puncture? I could sort but not everyone would. Solid 10/10 for Johnread more
Andy Hopkinson
Andy Hopkinson
20:08 10 May 21
John was incredibly helpful when we hired our bikes, giving us an overview of the different options and telling us the... best routes to take. We were lucky with some sun on the day and had an amazing 40km cycle through some of the most stunning routes I've been on. There's lots of big hills around so best to hire an e-bike if you're not super fit. We hired 2 e-bikes and then a couple of us used our own road bikes. Thoroughly enjoyable and we'll definitely be back to hire some more next time we visit!read more
Wojciech Smolen
Wojciech Smolen
13:21 10 May 21
Great experience. We've hired 3 top spec ebikes and really enjoyed the ride. The views were spectacular and we can... definitely recommend.read more
Péter Tóth
Péter Tóth
20:56 08 May 21
Highly recommended to anyone who would like to rent awesome e-bikes! John is a really kind and funny person, who will... help you to find the best paths.We will get back! 🙂read more
David Hughes
David Hughes
10:41 08 May 21
Great service and very easy to book using the website. John called me the day before to check my requirements to ensure... that collection went as smoothly as possible. He also ensured the bike was a perfect fit before I left and was more than happy to suggest a local route for me. It was a very efficient and relaxed experience and I would have no hesitation in using Lake District Bikes again or recommending them to anyone looking to hire bikes in the area.read more
Natalie Doyle
Natalie Doyle
13:16 03 May 21
We hired two bikes and a trailer for our 2 kids and had a really fantastic time. The service was friendly,... knowledgeable and efficient. We were advised to go on a lovely quiet lakeside road along Coniston. There were plenty of lakeside beaches to have a break and allow the kids to run wild. Will definitely book again. Thank you John.read more
Ben Walton
Ben Walton
10:16 03 May 21
Great business! Locations, staff and bikes were all fantastic. Super easy process and an amazing day out on two wheels... in the lakes.read more
Beccie Kettleborough
Beccie Kettleborough
15:14 30 Apr 21
Me and my husband decided to hire E-bikes for the first time (usually happy with the pedal power of mountain bikes)... thought we’d try them out! Full day hire, very well priced. Allocated time of pick up 09:30am, and could return before 5. John was great, explained how they worked, fitted us with helmets. Provided some maps, and a great recommendation to stop off at Brantwood House, cafe for a cup of coffee (their cakes are amazing) for John, nothing was too much trouble at all. We had a lovely time, the bikes were brilliant. Highly recommend the hire!!The journey to Grizedale forest, up the road by the lake is fab, lovely views! Next time we come up, we’ll definitely be hiring again, and fully converted to the E bike, hybrid. Once again thank you for excellent service.read more
John Conner
John Conner
11:00 29 Dec 20
John was professional, punctual, and friendly. He runs a tight ship and has an extensive inventory of bikes to suit... every type of riders desire and experience level. The process to hire and pick up/drop off was smooth and simple. Additionally, he has the ground truth knowledge of all the different trails and is keen to getting you set up for an exhilarating day. Lake District Bikes will be our go to bike hire when we travel to Lake District. Cheers Johnread more
EsmeAndTheEye Murphy
EsmeAndTheEye Murphy
12:44 23 Dec 20
Amazing service!Very professional, thoughtful. Great advise on the bikes and the routes.We loved it! Would highly... recommend thank you! 🙂read more
Andy Yates
Andy Yates
13:15 30 Nov 20
Great experience with John and his rental company. Everything was operated in a very safe manner (considering the... pandemic) with high quality bikes at a reasonable price. Much cheaper than me lugging my bike to the lakes. Any issues with hills is because I am not used to them at all. When I come back to the South Lakes I'll be renting from John for sure.read more
thomas lingham
thomas lingham
17:26 08 Nov 20
Great service. Nice bike. Good price and fantastic cycling. And very helpful walking directions to the nearest pub... while I waited to get picked up. Would definitely use again.read more
Kirke Webster-Gray
Kirke Webster-Gray
12:57 08 Nov 20
Fantastic experience with this company. We were staying up in the lakes and decided to take a spontaneous ride out and... found this company on google with good reviews. A couple of calls later and John had organised us two bikes with a trailer for two children. Good quality bikes and great customer service. The location was even better and made for a great morning out with the family cycling round the lake. Thank youread more
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Grizedale Forest… so close

“Grizedale Forest looked a long way from Lowick on the map. But the ride along the shores of Coniston Water revealed spectacular views. Without much effort we were ready to enter Grizedale Forest at the peak of Hawkshead Hill, as the E-bikes,in turbo mode, took us almost effortless up to the top of the hill. Immediately we were on the forest trails meandering along through Grizedale Forest heading South towards Satterthwaite. What a quiet tranquil place this vast Grizedale Forest is. It’s full of surprises with sculptures popping up here and there, single track trails are well signed and birds singing to the tune of the season. Eventually we returned to the road to return via Oxen Park back to Lowick after an epic days cycling on and off road. All in all we were out on the e-bikes for about four and a half hours , we could not have done it without the e-bikes which made it a really fun day. Also I must add how helpfull John was with suggesting this route and suppling maps for directions as without them we would still be lost in Grizedale Forest.”

M Evans

Great cycling experience

“Mountain Biking in Grizedale Forest . My partner and I hired two hardtail mountain bikes to venture into Grizedale Forest.  The trails from Lowick are quickly accessible by road as we went off road in Nibthwaite onto Parker Moor . The track is very narrly immediately  but on the moor the views looking down onto Coniston Water are amazing. Soon we entered Grizedale Forest for a couple of hours exploring the multitude of forest tracks and single tracks of varying difficulty. Getting tired we decided it was time to head back to Lowick but still managed the last section of off road from Ickenthwaite to Nibthwaite before arriving back to Lowick. The mountain Bikes hired proved very “up to everything” we rode and are very well maintained but were returned caked in the debris of the day.I guess the cycling was 70% off road and 30% on road which proved to be a perfect day on the bikes.”

A Crawford

Road bike hire

“Just popping you a quick note to thank you for your help with our cycle hire the other week. As you might have remembered my bike was taken from the roof of my car during a brief stop with relatives in Brum on the way up to the lakes. We found your website by Googling cycle hire near our hotel and a simple booking form later we’d placed an order to cover 2 bikes for the following day. Our bikes were great, you kindly swapped the peddles on my one to fit the cleats on the cycle show. We did cut our route short, but this was down to weather. However the time we had was enjoyable and riding around the local area is a great way to see the lakes. Thanks again for your help.”

Andrew

E-Bike guided ride with John

“My wife and I along with two close friends spent a week in May of 2018 in the Lake District where we rented high quality e-bikes from John. We rode seven days in a row and were very fortunate to have quite good weather.  There were many, many wonderful places to ride following routes that I planned. We also asked John to guide us one day through a section of the Lake District outside where we planned to ride. All four of us loved the tour with John.  On our own the countryside was lovely. With John we learned so much more about what we were seeing as well as the various types of trails, routes and roads available for riding. All four of us peppered John with questions throughout the adventure and were delighted to have shared the day with someone who so obviously loves the countryside in which he lives.”

John & Linda

Great cycling experience

“A great experience, John very helpful with tips for our proposed route and in setting up. Bikes were well prepared and the reputations of the route and cafe stop were well justified. Hope to use again later in the year to do the extended lake loop to include Hardknott pass.” – Stephen   “Thanks John. I had an excellent ride and ended up going over Wrynose and then south to Broughton in Furness before heading back to Coniston.”  

Bret

Thanks John… Modern bikes to hire

“I have found John Sutcliffe very professional, someone who will go the extra mile to see you get the best from your experience of cycling in the Lake District. His bikes are modern, powerful and in good condition, he is knowledgable and helpful, I can recommend him confidently.”

Keith Pimm

Great day off-road on e-bikes

“I am a 67 grandmother, holidaying in the Lake District with my 2 sons and their families, and the “lads” treated me to a day out cycling with them, booking with John.  I am an electric bike fan, but the lads booked ordinary bikes for themselves.  John took an executive decision and issued the 3 of us with electrics – the lads were soon converted!  John has a shed full of bikes of all sorts – ours were fat tyre off roaders – all were in extremely good condition and clean – not always the case when I have rented elsewhere in the world!  I had asked for off-road riding, with as little on-road as possible, and John obliged – we had a wonderful day out, challenging for me – thrilling for my sons!  John was the best of guides – always watching how we were doing, keeping us challenged but safe, proactively explaining what the stretch ahead might contain, especially when on-road, stopping from time to time along the way to explain local points of interest.   I can thoroughly recommend John as a guide for cyclists of any age and ability.  You will not only enjoy your day of cycling but come away with a deeper understanding of the history and people of the Lake District.  Thank you John.”

Anne

The Enigma Titanium experience

“I really enjoyed riding the Enigma, it seemed to cope with all those bumps on the roads much better than the carbon frames I’m used to. The gears were really great as well and I even liked the red bar tape. I honestly might have to investigate titanium a bit more.I did quite a lot of miles in the end, 75 on Saturday, 70 yesterday and 45 today. I had forgotten how many hills there are here. Sunday I did quite a long walk taking advantage of the good weather.”

Jonathan

Guided road cycling adventure

“We had a great experience with Lake District Bikes. The door to door service was much appreciated since we were staying in another town and were without a car. They provided two guides for us, one for me and one for my wife. John served as my guide for Britain’s Best Ride on a gorgeous day. He was a great cycling partner and a pleasure to be with. He not only kept me on course through the many beautiful country lanes we pedaled, but he shared his knowledge of the history and culture of the area, made sure we stopped at the scenic overlooks (which were spectacular), and even took photos of me so I could share my experience with others. My Enigma Esprit was a joy to ride. The ride was beyond expectations both in terms of the incredible landscape and the leg burning climbs. It was definitely one of my best days ever on a bike. My wife’s guide Margaret was equally delightful and they enjoyed a day cycling through gentler but no less picturesque terrain. Being able to shower on site after our ride was also appreciated. I definitely recommend Lake District Bikes for an unforgettable cycling experience.”

Ed, Texas

E-bikes into Grizedale Forest

“I would highly recommend Lake District Bikes. John was very welcoming, he gave instructions on how to operate the bike which was very easy and was great fun, he also recommended a few routes to try. We had a great time cycling around Coniston, Hawkshead and through Grizdale Forest. I could not have done this without the hire of one of John’s electric bikes, I hired one of his Trek Powerfly bikes and thoroughly enjoyed our day out, Thanks for a great day John”

Trish

Trek road bike hire

“I highly recommend both John and Lake District Bikes. The experience was wonderful, from start to finish.I was coming from the USA to the Lake District, and wanted to get in a few days of riding. John helped with everything, from the bike to routes and more. He was friendly, he was quick to respond, and his equipment is in excellent condition.This is a great service. I will definitely be using John again and recommend it to anyone who is considering hiring a bike.”

Ben, USA

Recommended

“I would definitely recommend using Lake District Bikes.  They provided us with great value quality road bikes in fine working order.  Pick up and payment were easy and there’s almost immediate and great access to the Lakes and passes on quiet roads from their base.  We had a variety of people in our group and there was no problem in sourcing the right kit.  We will definitely be using LDB again – fantastic service. Thanks.”

Matt, Dorset

Electric bike convert

“I hired the Trek Powerfly 5 electric bike from John. I had a great time cycling around Coniston waters and that put a big smile on my face. The electric bike was just marvelous in helping me pedal the bike with its four different levels of power – Eco,Tour,Sport and Turbo. I was able to go further than I could have ever achieved by simple mountain bike. I covered up to 35miles in just 2 hours – all uphill roads in Lake district which I would have never have been able to climb in regular bike. I liked the bike so much that I have already placed an order for trek powerfly 7 model.John is friendly and very helpful with the cycling tips and knowledge local cycling area around the Coniston water lake. John and his electric bikes are highly recommended.”

Ken