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Bike Hire FAQs


  • A Bike.
  • All safety equipment: A Helmet (for each individual).
  • A repair kit including: inner tubes, tyre levers, pump, and contact details incase of a major mechanical failure (one per group).
  • A map and route discussion.
  • A safety briefing and a quick technique workshop, including: Braking, changing gear and off road riding (Compulsory).


  • A mobile phone – in case your bike breaks down or in emergencies.
  • A decent pair of shoes or trainers – NOT sandals or flipflops!
  • Cycling is rewarding but at times hard work. Therefore taking a drink and some food is recommended.
  • In mountainous environments the weather can change dramatically within minutes. Therefore taking some waterproofs is strongly recommended.


  • Riding gloves.
  • A well fitting rucsack
  • On a hot sunny day – Sun tan cream or sun block, sun hat, and thin clothes to cover up if it gets too hot!
  • On a dull day synthetic trousers (e.g. track suit bottoms- NOT jeans) and a thermal jumper is recommended (e.g. a fleece or jumper).
  • On a windy and/or rainy day: synthetic trousers (e.g. track suit bottoms- NOT jeans), a thermal jumper (e.g. a fleece or jumper) and a waterproof top and trousers.


Full details of all Safety information and techniques will be given to you before leaving the Boat House for the open road.

Windermere Canoe Kayak is proud of its clean safety record and takes every step to maintain this status:-

Well maintained and regularly serviced equipment and safety equipment.

A thorough safety briefing covering: braking, changing gear and riding on rough ground.

1. Things to consider before you go:

If after your cycle briefing you or any of your party are still unsure about the operation of your gears, brakes or any other aspect of your mountain bike or other hire equipment, PLEASE ask our staff for more advice and spend some time familiarizing yourself with the equipment before you start your ride.

Is your clothing suitable for mountain biking and the weather conditions? Do not cycle in flip-flops or open toed footwear. Always take a waterproof jacket. We strongly recommend the use of gloves or cycle mitts whilst cycling.

Do not tie clothing around your waist – it will slip down and become trapped in the back wheel.

Take food and water with you – better to have it with you than wish you were sat outside a pub!

Take your mobile phone to contact us in the case of an emergency.

Use a rucksack to store your items, don’t tie anything on the handlebars.

The carrying of any children or babies in backpack carriers or papooses or in any other way on your mountain bike is forbidden.

Pay careful attention to the map, keep track of your location as this will speed things up if you require help

2. What to do if:

If your mountain bike suffers any sort of mechanical breakdown call WCK and we will bring you a replacement bike or arrange for you to be picked up.

If you have any problems with the brakes or handle bars on your bike Do not ride it . call the shop.

If you have a crash the bikes steering and brakes may be damaged. Do not ride it . Call the shop.

If anyone is injured call the shop and we will be able to assist you/collect you.

If anyone is seriously injured, dial 999 and request an ambulance . All fractures and head injuries are considered serious injuries . Then call the shop and we can help the ambulance crew locate you.

3. If you get lost:

If you get lost, stay calm, remember the top of the map is north. There are often other people in the area – ask them. If all this fails or darkness is falling call the shop and we will start a search. Do not move once we have started our search.

Never let children ride without adult supervision.