Dr Bike

Who is Dr Bike?

Dr Bike can check over your bike, making small adjustments and advising on more major repairs. You can also obtain information on cycling in central London. This service is free of charge.

When and where are the sessions?

Westminster holds regular sessions from 4pm to 7pm on Mondays. The location rotates among Aldwych, Hyde Park, Paddington Station and Vauxhall Bridge. For further information, please consult the calendar on Westminster's Cycling Events page.

In addition, the Royal Parks hold Dr Bike sessions in June and September. Details will be posted here when available.

Dr Bike's Checklist

Front wheel  True (not buckled). No broken/missing spokes. Good rim.
Front tyre  Good tread. No splits. cracks or holes. Pumped hard. Valve straight
Front hub  No wobble. Turns smoothly. Wheel securely fixed
Front mudguard  Firmly fixed. No sharp mudguard stays
Front brake blocks  Correctly fitted. Not worn away
Front brake  Firmly fixed. Correctly adjusted.
Front brake lever  Comfortable position. Firmly fixed. Cable not frayed.
Headset/steering  No wobble. Correctly adjusted
Handlebars  Not distorted. Ends protected
Front forks  Appear true and undamaged
Frame  Appears true and undamaged
Rear brake lever  Comfortable position. Firmly fixed. Cable not frayed
Rear brake  Firmly fixed. Correctly adjusted
Rear brake blocks  Correctly fitted and aligned. Not worn away
Rear mudguard  Safely fixed. No sharp mudguard stays
Rear tyre  Good tread. No splits. cracks or holes. Pumped hard. Valve straight.
Rear wheel  True. No broken/missing spokes. Good rim
Rear hub  No wobble. Turns smoothly. Wheel securely fixed
Bottom bracket  No wobble. . lock ring tight. Sufficiently lubricated
Pedal cranks  Straight
Pedals  Complete. Turning freely. Not bent
Chainwheel  Not bent. Teeth not worn
Chainguard  Firmly fixed. Not bent
Chain  Not too worn. Not slack. Lightly oiled not rusty
Gears  Properly adjusted. Lubricated sufficiently
Saddle  Safely fixed. Straight. comfortable height (unless BMX)
Rack/carrier/bags etc.  Firmly secured
Front lamp (if carried)  White. Firmly fixed. Good light to front
Rear lamp (if carried)  Red. Firmly fixed. Visible to rear
Reflectors Clean and secure
Lights & reflectors Correct height on bicycle
Dr Bike in Hyde Park (Broad Walk)
Dr Bike in Hyde Park (Broad Walk)
Dr Bike in Hyde Park (Rotten Row)
Dr Bike in Hyde Park (Rotten Row)
Dr Bike in Kensington Gardens
Dr Bike in Kensington Gardens
Dr Bike in Regent's Park
Dr Bike in Regent's Park
Dr Bike on Marylebone Station
Dr Bike on Marylebone Station