Purple Bikes

Bike Shop - Bike Rental


Purple Bikes is a non-profit cycling co-operative where anyone and everyone can access affordable DIY repairs, bicycle rentals, advice, and training.

The Purple Bikes workshop operates with the principle of do-it-yourself. We provide the tools and mechanical instruction for members of the London community to repair their bicycle. Our volunteer mechanics will advise you on how to perform your own repairs. No mechanical experience is necessary, only the willingness to get your hands dirty! We also sell new and used bike parts at competitive prices. So whether you need to change a flat tire or overhaul your whole bike, the Purple Bikes Workshop is here for you!

Membership allows you to use our tools, access the expertise of volunteers, attend workshops and take part in group rides for its duration.

1 month membership – $10
1 year membership – $30

Workshop Hours:
Monday to Thursday
4:00 to 7:00 pm

We offer a selection of road, mountain, and hybrid bikes. All rentals include a helmet, lights/reflectors, and a U-lock.

These bikes will get you around town and campus efficiently and at affordable rates:
3 days – $20
1 week – $30
1 month – $60
Note: each rental  requires a deposit of $80

Collecting Your Deposit After Returning Equipment
Refunding deposits is handled by the University Student Council as we do not keep large amounts of cash in the workshop. Their office can be found on the third floor of the UCC in room 340. Their operating hours are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. You can contact them at 519 661 3574 if you have any questions.

Please keep in mind that we are cash-only. We can direct you to one of several ATMs in the building if needed. 

We are always looking for volunteers to join us. Drop by the shop during our hours and start wrenching! We encourage people eager to learn more about bikes to come in and volunteer. Helping other members with their repairs and maintaining the rental fleet are great ways to gain experience and there will always be someone knowledgeable around to offer advice and assistance. We will provide training if you have no prior experience.

We aim to make bicycles more financially accessible to promote sustainable transportation in London. We will gladly accept any donations of bikes, bike parts, tools, or other cool bike related things.

We are located on the first floor of the University Community Centre in room 149.

Google Maps

From Booster Juice, walk down the hallway towards Huron College/Western Road. Just before the glass doors leading outside, you will see the Purple Bikes workshop on your left. The Mustang Lounge will be on your right.

Phone: 519-661-3774  (during workshop hours only)
E-mail: purplebikes.london@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PurpleBikes
Twitter: @PurpleBikes

Room 149 UCC Building,
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario
N6A 3K7

Workshop Hours:
Monday to Thursday
4:00 to 7:00 pm

News and Events

May 25, 2015
Purple Bikes is looking for volunteers to help build and repair bikes. Please e-mail us at purplebikes.london@gmail.com for more information. We will provide proper training for beginners.