Bainton Bikes

Hire Range

At Bainton Bikes we realise everyone is different and has varied requirements, our range of bikes reflects this. We have nearly 200 bikes for hire, with a huge variety of types available; we also hire a wide range of accessories to help ensure you have everything you need for your trip.

If you are unsure which type of bike will be most suited for you either see our bike type definitions or contact us and we'll be happy to help find the best bike for you.

24/7 Hire

Cycle hire is available in Oxford self-service 24 hours a day 7 days a week from a number of hubs in this location. By simply using an App and Bluetooth on your phone you can unlock and lock our bikes at your leisure.

Click the 24/7 Booking button below to find your nearest bike on an interactive map.

How it works

  • 1. Book a bike now
  • 2. Download the Donkey app
  • 3. Pickup your bike 24/7
  • 4. Ride like a champ’!

24/7 Booking

24/7 Oxford Cycle Hire

Our software partner, Donkey Republic provide the technology making it possible to rent bikes using your phone.

Simply select the bike nearest to you on their interactive map, which will open next.

By renting one of our bikes you are agreeing to our terms and conditions, which can be viewed by clicking here.

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Check Availability & Prices

We have a large number of our standard hybrid hire bikes available but do not take bookings on these, we run a first come and first serve policy. If you would like to reserve a bike we can offer any other type of bike or equipment. If you are unsure of the best bike for you please see our range definition above or if you are still unsure then please contact us, we’ll be happy to help.

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Short term

To really see, experience, explore and get around there is no better way than by bike. If you are visiting for a short stay we recommend hiring a bike for getting around, touring, or even for your whole stay. Hiring a Bainton Bike will save you the expense of parking, paying for taxis, save the boredom of queuing for a bus and it is even better value than the bus pass.

For short or long day trips we have a variety of map routes available and are always happy to suggest routes.

self guided tours

Long Term

The most practical and economic way to travel around Oxford is by bike. If you are temporarily staying you might be considering whether to buy a used bike or hire a bike. We sell used bikes through our sister company; Walton Street Cycles and also hire bikes, so have an unbiased opinion although we personally believe long hire option is the best for the majority of visitors. We are often asked the benefits and disadvantages so we thought it may be helpful to provide pros and cons for each.

Hire Bike


  • Includes lights
  • Includes Lock
  • All mechanical issues covered (including punctures)
  • Readily available in various styles and sizes
  • Bikes already come with mudguards, racks and baskets


  • No option to sell bike at end of visit

Used Bike


    • When you no longer need your bike you may be able to resell it
    • You may be looking for something specific that is not available for hire


  • Need to buy a decent lock (bike theft in Oxford is very high, expect to pay around Ł40 for a secure lock)
  • Unless you have tools and parts general repairs can get costly
  • Reselling used bikes can become tricky, very few bike shops buy second hand bikes so you may need to list it on-line
  • Need to buy lights
  • May need to buy additional practical equipment (mudguards etc.)

Touring & Long Distance

Bainton Bikes as a company was created through a personal passion for cycling. We hand-on-heart believe that cycle tour holidays are a great way to explore a town, city, region or country. You can really experience the local way of life and culture on your bike as you ride through different landscapes, and have the amazing benefit of returning home fitter than when you left for your holidays.

Our touring bikes are just the ticket if you are planning on some long distance cycling.

We hire Dawes & Gazelle touring bikes with all the specification needed for your journey, we offer a choice of styles with drop bars for the traditional position or butterfly bars if you prefer a more upright position. We hire panniers on request and we supply a touring pack as needed.

We take bookings for these bikes and it can get very busy in the summer months so book now to make sure you are in our diary.

Special Occasions

We have a wide range of hire bikes, vintage bikes, nice new shiny high end or classic style bikes are all available. For special requests it will be best to contact us with your requirements as many bikes that are used for this purpose are not listed on our webpages. We work with our sister company Walton Street Cycles and can provide additional new bikes for this type of hire

Photoshoots and Film Sets

Whether you are planning a scene in a film or require a specific style of bicycle for a photo shoot we will be able to help. In addition to our large range of bicycles available in our hire range we are also able to offer different types of bikes through our sister company bike shop - Walton Street Cycles.

In the past we have had the pleasure of working with the

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Cycle Hire School and College Groups

We can cater for large visiting school & college groups, if you want your students to learn more about the history of the city and University or to just stretch their legs a bit in the wonderful countryside we can accommodate them.

In addition to offering bikes we can also supply a route and either a specific or bespoke tour, please see our guided tours page for full details We have concessionary prices for led groups and can organise stops at parks, colleges even refreshment stops.

Send us an email with your plans and requirements and we will quickly get in touch to organise your school’s day out.

We have tour guides available who are are fully first aid trained and are CRB certified.

Hen & Stag parties

All year round we can help make your celebration one to remember. We provide hire and guided tours for Hen and Stag parties looking to safely navigate the city for a day of fun. We can help organise Tandems, Traditional Pashley Bicycles, Monkey bikes (bikes with tiny wheels, great if you want to embarrass that special someone). If you want a bike decorated as a surprise then just pop in beforehand and we can help put one aside as a surprise.

We organise many themed Stag and Hen parties. Ranging from picnics by the River to guided pub crawls with games. As locals we know all the best routes and pubs and we work with the landlords to organise catering, Aunt Sally and more.

We understand that there is always a lot to fit in on these special occasions and we are flexible with times and can arrange for bikes to be delivered and collected from different locations (which is normally hotel to pub or restaurant!)

For more information just contact us with your requirements and we will make it our mission to organise a great days partying by bike.

Corporate Events

Organising a festival or large event, considered bicycles to travel around on? Do you need a team building day? Do you have a conference with delegates wishing to cycle around the city? Planning a large cycling event and need a large quantity of bikes delivered? Whatever your needs we can cater for small and large groups.

In the past we have provided hire bikes and tours at various events ranging from music festivals to large scale sportif cycling events.

If you are planning a cycling event we can offer small or large number of bikes and with a wide range of different types of bikes we always have suitable equipment. We are also willing to deliver throughout the UK, and if you need maintenance support during the day our team have years of bicycle repair experience and are trained to the current highest Cyctech standard.

Contact us with your requirements to find out more.

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