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EdFoC Needs You: The image is based on the famous recruiting poster, a moustachioed man with a peaked hat points out at the viewer. The words "EdFoC Needs YOU" are displayed below his face.

We need you – do you want to be part of the team?

We need you – do you want to be part of the team?

If you are reading this, you may have noticed that the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Ltd (or EdFoC to its friends) hasn’t run an entire festival since 2019. This has partly been due to things beyond our control, such as the global pandemic, but it has also been due to the team behind the Festival running out of steam.

A bit of background – as can be seen from the About page, the company has a small number of directors (ideally, this should be a minimum of four, but this has slipped) and a few additional volunteers. None of the team are paid to date, and all the modest profits made from running the Festival have been ploughed back into running the Festival. If there were sufficient funds in the future, this could change.

Who do we need?

Currently, the company requires at least two new directors to maintain a quorum, and the Festival as a whole needs people with new ideas who are also willing to commit to turning those ideas into reality. The Festival must also find more funding sources; even before the pandemic, sponsorship was tight.

Once we have got the Festival core team back to full strength, we will also need people who want to get involved but may not be able to commit a significant amount of time. We will have space for you, as there are always things that you could get involved with.

Interested?

If you are interested in helping the Festival get back on its feet, please send us a message via the contact form, briefly outlining what you can offer, your background, any specific skills, and what you would like to get out of being a part of the team. We will get back to you and arrange a meeting to discuss.

We are 10, Happy Anniversary to us!

We are 10, Happy Anniversary to us!

The company that runs EdFoC, Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Ltd, was first incorporated on the 11th of February 2013. Since then, we have successfully run eight festivals, each more than a week long. We have been named as “One of the top 10 cycling festivals in Europe”, and had tremendous feedback from our supporters.

For Sale Sold: Urban Arrow Family Cargo Bike

For Sale Sold: Urban Arrow Family Cargo Bike

 

The time has come to sell, our spare Urban Arrow Cargo Bike. At the time the bike was bought in September 2020, it was the highest specification available. These specs include: a Bosch Cargo Line motor, belt drive (for lower maintenance), Shimano Zee Disc Brakes, Lezyne Power E80 / Spanninga Plateo (front / rear lights), and 500Wh battery, with dual battery setup (please note: only one battery is included with the sale). Additional extras included in the sale are: floor mat, Box cover, rear rack, Bike parka, and security tracker.

At the time of writing the bike has been ridden for 3048 Km with a total operating time of 327 hrs (service report available). This is a low mileage bike in good condition.

The value of the bike when new was £6,500.

As standard, the bike can carry two children or one adult, if you are looking for a cargo bike for freight use the bench seat can be removed, as can the box.

The bike is also fitted with a GPS security tracker so that the owner can always know where the bike is. The new owner will be offered the opportunity to download the tracking app and take over the tracking of the bike (EdFoC will no longer track the bike once sold). Tracking is optional at €39.50 (~£35) per year.

If you have any question, it is best to contact us by email.

EdFoC Mini: We are back!

EdFoC Mini: We are back!

The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2022 is back, but not with the full 10-day festival, this will be a jam packed weekend of events to get EdFoC started again. The EdFoC Mini will take place over the weekend of 16th and 17th July 2022.

Due to the global pandemic, we have been unable to run the internationally recognised traditional 10-day festival Edinburgh Festival of Cycling. Getting the full 10-day festival up and running takes six months of planning and hard work, given the uncertainty around COVID-19, we have decided this year just to run smaller pop-up events to get things going again. We are planning to bring back the full 10-day Edinburgh Festival of Cycling in 2023.

If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch.

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 2022

Due to the current rapidly changing situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, it is very hard to plan a full ten-day festival of the sort we used to run before the pandemic started. Currently, we are looking at mainly running a series of pop-up events, mainly outdoors, and just publishing them on the calendar on our website. If you would like to add a pop-up event to our calendar, please let us know.

We want to thank everyone who has supported us over the years, and we hope to be able to resume the full Edinburgh Festival of Cycling in its traditional format as soon as possible.

We will update this website once we have further information.

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For Sale Sold: Urban Arrow Family Cargo Bike

The bike is now sold.

Here is a wee video of the bike which was for sale

The time has come to sell, our almost-two-year-old Urban Arrow Cargo Bike (note that the branding will be removed before the handover when the bike is sold). At the time the bike was bought in 2019 it was the highest specification available, it has a CX Bosch motor with a 500 W Hour battery, making it easy to climb the hills of Edinburgh.

As standard, the bike can carry two children or one adult, if you are looking for a cargo bike for freight use the bench seat can be removed, as can the box.

The bike has covered just under 4000 Km and the battery has had under 70 full charge cycles at the time of writing. The bike is also fitted with a GPS security tracker so that the owner can always know where the bike is. The new owner will be offered the opportunity to download the tracking app and take over the tracking of the bike (EdFoC will no longer track the bike once sold). Tracking is optional at €39.50 (~£33) per year.

If you have any question, it is best to contact us by email.

Edinburgh Bike Shops

Edinburgh Bike Shops

With the current ongoing Covid-19 crisis people are looking to the bicycle as a means of transport and for exercise, so we thought it would be useful to have a map of all the bike shops in Edinburgh some information about whether they are open during the crisis. Whilst we have don’t our best to ensure that this information is correct, we can not guarantee it is full up to date. Therefore, it is best to check with the individual bike shop that they are open before setting off to visit them.

If you do find any errors or omissions please let us know.

Introducing Haymarket Hub our Accommodation Partner for 2019

Introducing Haymarket Hub our Accommodation Partner for 2019

The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling has teamed up with the Haymarket Hub hotel to offer festival attendees a discounted booking rate of 15% off their accommodation.

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling - Haymarket Hub Official accommodation partner 2019

June is an extremely busy time of year for Edinburgh as a variety of events are also taking place across the city which does mean hotel prices rise. In respect of this we have teamed up with the Haymarket Hub as an accommodation partner to offer attendees a discounted booking rate.

Haymarket Hub 15% discount banner

The Haymarket Hub is a cyclist-friendly hotel conveniently located in the heart of the city and on the direct line from London’s Kings Cross and a short 30-minute tram ride from Edinburgh airport. The hotel is a perfect place to relax after a long day of cycling and sightseeing. Each room provides free Wi-Fi, Sky TV, a complimentary personal smartphone which provides free data, free UK and international phone calls as well as city news, events and maps. Power showers and indulgent toiletries are provided enabling you to fully revive and recharge, ready for an evening out in Edinburgh city. Your bikes can be stored at the hotels bike rack which is located at the rear of the building.

Don’t Miss Out!

Use the instructions below to redeem your 15% discount

Edinburgh Festival of Cycling - CODE INSTRUCTIONS

Please Note: This Discount Is Subject To Availability

EdFoC programmes in the wild

The distribution of printed programmes for this year’s Edinburgh Festival of Cycling Events has now started, to help you find them we have created this handy map for you. As more programmes are distributed the map will update (although this might take a day or two), along with information on when and how many programmes were left at each location. If you would like to suggest a location where we should leave more programmes for people to pick up or would like to offer to help with the distribution, please get in touch.

Cycling and other Edinburgh Festivals

Cycling and other Edinburgh Festivals

As you may know there are a few other festival in Edinburgh, so here are a few of the cycling events on offer.

First off something a little different, The Bike Station has an a small exhibition celebrating 50 Years of Flying Scot bicycles. It is free, just drop in during opening hours.

There are some fantastic talks at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, these include:

  • Chris Hoy: Sensational Cycling. Grab your bike and get down to this event to meet one of Great Britain’s most successful Olympic athletes, Chris Hoy, as he introduces his magical cycling adventure series, Flying Fergus. Join Chris and his writing and illustration team, Joanna Nadin and Clare Elsom, for a fantastically fun, fast-paced event.
  • Elly Blue: Getting To The Hub Of Cycling And Society. The social bicycle revolution keeps on spinning with Oregon’s Elly Blue leading the field. Offering a new perspective on how we get around, her Bikenomics includes a shocking comparison between cities which invest in a two-wheeled future and others that don’t. For those who already ride their way through life, this will bolster their beliefs; those who don’t will have their eyes truly opened.
  • Dervla Murphy & Jennifer Tough: Staying On Your Bike. Moving about on two wheels has never been more popular but few would undertake the endurance tests which Dervla Murphy and Jennifer Tough have put themselves through. Murphy recalls the great journeys she’s cycled, including Dunkirk to India and across Cuba, while Tough was captivated by the idea of peddling around the entire Baltic Sea coastline, where she encountered perfect beaches and less than perfect driving.
  • Juliana Buhring: The Cycle Of Life For A Record-Breaker. Feats of human endurance never cease to amaze and enthral. In 2012, against all odds, Juliana Buhring became the first woman to circumnavigate the world on a bike, after very little training and with barely any financial backing. Now a Guinness World Record holder, Buhring tells us about her upbringing, which is both fascinating and shocking. Saddle up for a classic Book Festival ride.

In addition, there are great shows as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, these include:

  • In Conversation With… Graeme Obree. Described by Sir Chris Hoy as a ‘genius’, Graeme is a cyclist, parent, writer and broadcaster. Graeme has never held a driving license and commutes regularly on his bike. A regular contributor on TV and radio, often on cycling or mental health issues, Graeme is the author of two books: his autobiography The Flying Scotsman, made into the 2006 biopic starring Jonny Lee Miller as Obree, and his acclaimed training manual The Obree Way. Graeme is an accomplished speaker, regularly addressing audiences from all walks of life, including corporate groups, schools and cycling clubs.
  • Bikeology. Journalist, television presenter and best-selling author Ned Boulting brings his acclaimed ride through the world of cycling to the Fringe for the first time, for 3 shows only! From the humble commuter to the winner of the Tour de France*, Boulting takes an off-centre look at what it means to ride a bike, drawing on his own underwhelming adventures in the saddle and his 15 summers spent hurtling around France in pursuit of the sport’s biggest names. All two-wheeled life is here! *Ned Boulting has never tested positive for performance enhancing substances.
  • The HandleBards: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The HandleBards are the world’s first cycling theatre company. Before touring their beautifully bonkers production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream around the world, they pedalled it 1500 miles around the UK by bicycle with all the necessary set, props and costume in tow. Now, their critically acclaimed show is back by popular demand in the Botanic Garden, with riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos and a great deal of laughter. Bring a picnic, bring some friends and enjoy this magical show in the great outdoors
  • The HandleBards: As You Like It. The world’s first cycling theatre company, the HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe. Join their all-female troupe, at the peak of their 1500 mile adventure, for this bicycle-powered production with riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos and a great deal of laughter. Bring a picnic, bring some friends and enjoy this wild show in the great outdoors!

If you know of any more that we have missed please let us know. Keep on Pedaling!

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