The Northern Gateway Sports Park (next to the A12 and run by Colchester Council) has a selection of bikes for hire both on the site and for recreational use.
Coolpedals.co.uk in Langham, four miles north of Colchester and on the way to Constable Country, which will deliver and collect cycles across north Essex and south Suffolk for a reasonable extra fee.
Bicycle Doctor of Bartholomew Street, Ipswich, offers a similar service. They can also supply a mobile workshop for cycle tours and events and they're good for hard-to-find or obsolete bike parts. Kevin Ablitt, 01473 259853
The Outdoor Hire Centre has depots in Colchester (including the Roman Circus chariot racing track) and East Bergholt (halfway between Ipswich and Colchester, handy for Constable Country).
Colchester Cycle Stores and other bike shops may offer cycles for hire. Ring up and ask!
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