The Bicycle

Beginners cycling lessons and bike rentals

The Bicycle is a small bicycle-services business based in Brixton, Johannesburg.

We love bicycles and believe in their potential to make urban life better: for the environment, people and the city in general.

We’re dedicated to helping you ride, through our cycling lessons and bicycle rentals.


It’s never too late to learn how to ride a bicycle! We have taught children as young as 4 and adults as old as 60, and hope to teach someone of 70 soon. Most students can ride after the first 2 hour lesson – it’s easier to learn than you think in a controlled environment using the right teaching approach.

You can learn at your own pace and build your skills and confidence.

We provide the following sorts of lessons:

Absolute Beginners

We will teach you the basics of balance, steering, pedalling and braking in a safe off-street location.

Confidence Building

Once you have the basics in place, we’ll take you out on quiet suburban streets to get used to riding on the road.

Commuting Skills

If you know how to ride a bike but feel nervous commuting in traffic, we can teach you the basics of road safety and even help you work out the best route for your most common destinations.

Bike Maintenance Skills

Want to be able to fix your own puncture or change the tube, or adjust basic settings on your bike? We can show you how.


We hire out bicycles for short or long term use. We require an ID or passport as deposit. Rates are R150 per half day and R200 for a full day. Bicycles need to be returned by close of business. We are happy to negotiate significantly reduced rates for longer term rentals.

We provide locks, helmets and a cycle route map as part of the rental.

Contact us to book a bicycle.


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Chiswick Street 29
Johannesburg 2019 GP ZA
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