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Swap your bike lock and stay secure this January

It’s every cyclist’s worse nightmare – going back to where you left your bike only to find that it has been stolen but now a local partnership is taking the fight to the bike thieves in North East Lincolnshire by offering bicycle owners the chance to swap their old locks for a brand new one.

Lockswap is an annual event delivered by North East Lincolnshire Council working in partnership with ENGIE and Grimsby’s Cycle Hub, and helps cyclists locally to keep their bike secure.
Cyclists in need of a new lock can trade in their old lock at the Cycle Hub at Grimsby Railway Station and receive a new, Gold Standard Sold Secure D-lock (worth £40) at a heavily discounted price of £10.

Lockswap runs from Tuesday 2nd January to Saturday 3rd February.

Janine Walker, Managing Director of the Cycle Hub, said: “It’s great to team up with the Council and ENGIE to be able to offer these Gold Standard Sold Secure D-locks during January to make this offer. Our main aim is to keep the community cycling and help people to keep their bikes safe and secure.

Anyone who has received a new bike for Christmas or wants increased security for their bike and thinks they could use a better quality lock should definitely pop to see us and take advantage of this deal.”

The project is one of a number of schemes being delivered by the council working in partnership with ENGIE, supported by the Department for Transport’s Access Fund to help more people make more trips by bicycle across North East Lincolnshire.

To take advantage of the offer the visit the Grimsby Cycle Hub at Grimsby Town Station between Tuesday 2nd January to Saturday 3rd February during normal opening hours.

Le Tour De Yorkshire Vient A Beverley


This year’s Tour de Yorkshire ran from Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May, beginning in Beverley and finishing in Scarborough and covering 520km (that’s 323 miles in English money) along the way.

And of course at each town they visited they turned the streets blue and yellow, with bunting, flags, face paint and of course dozens of bicycles hanging from trees, perched on rooftops or hung above shop doorways.

We went across to the start at Beverley to take a look at what happens when dozens of cyclists, hundreds of crew and a couple of dozen huge busses take over the centre of a small mediaeval market town, and to soak up some of the atmosphere of the big day.

JC Cook’s New Showroom – A Cyclists’ Paradise

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Whether you’re already a keen cyclist or you’re just thinking about taking it up then one place that ought to be high on your list for a visit is the new JC Cook Ltd showroom on Jackson Place (down Wilton Road, take the first left and follow the signs).

When you enter and the doors glide shut behind you it’s like stepping into a big city prestige store with hundreds of bikes, massive displays of clothing and equipment, a repair centre, changing rooms and a first rate coffee shop. It’s the kind of place that makes shopping for your new bike a real pleasure.

JC Cook Ltd is a well known local name of course. Founded by Jack Cook in 1954, present owner Adrian Blow took over twenty years ago. As an ex-army mechanic and keen cyclist he had a special interest in the repair side of the business and that department is still going strong both at the new showroom and at the firm’s shop in Ladysmith Road.

Cycling has been enjoying a boom in popularity lately following the UK’s Olympic success and every weekend will find hundreds of local people out on the Wolds roads or enjoying the thrills of off road riding or cyclo-cross.

Cooks carry a range of excellent machines by the likes of Cube, Orange and many others to meet the needs of the most demanding of sports cyclists but they also offer ranges suitable for commuters and beginners and a great range of kid’s machines. There’s even a selection of electric bikes for those who like to let the battery take the strain.

All of which means that if you’re in the market for a new bike or if you just fancy a leisurely look at what’s available and a great cup of coffee, you couldn’t pick a better place to start than the new JC Cook Ltd.


JC Cook are on the web at jccookcycles.co.uk and can be contacted on 01472 342406 (Grimsby shop) or 01472 210384 (for the new Humberston shop

This feature appears in The Peoples Issue 33

Park Hire Repair @ Grimsby Cycle Hub

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We’d all like to take more exercise, cut our carbon footprints and save a lot of money on our fuel bills but the truth is it’s not always as easy as it sounds.

We could commute by bike for example, but that would just mean we’d end up grimy and sweaty when we reached work, wouldn’t it?

If that’s what’s stopping you then the Grimsby Cycle Hub is just what you need. Opened in September 2013 by cycling enthusiast Janine Walker and backed by the Council’s Green Transport Initiative the Cycle Hub is an independent Not For Profit whose aim is to make your cycling experience easier, more enjoyable and better suited to your lifestyle.

Situated in the newly refurbished parcels office at Grimsby Town Station, (at the far end of the taxi rank, close to the Transport Police office), the hub offers secure storage for your bike for the amazingly cheap price of £1 and that includes the use of a shower and locker if you want to get changed for work!

They also have a same day repair service run by experienced and qualified mechanics Mick and Adam and a hire service where prices start from only £4 per hour including lights, helmet and lock.
The Hub is open from 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday and Saturday from 9am – 5pm so if you’re thinking about becoming a cycle commuter but you’re not sure about the logistics give Janine a ring on 01472 354986 and let the hub help you to feel fitter, greener and considerably better off.

Happy cycling!


Secure cycle parking only £1 per day. Includes use of a locker, changing room & shower if required. With monthly & annual deals you can park for as little as 33p per day! Your bike is secure & fully insured & you can have a key fob to enter & collect out of hours if you wish.


We have all sizes of bikes including accessories for those too young to ride solo, from £4 per hour, including lights, locks and helmets. Ride around town or have tour bikes delivered anywhere in Lincolnshire. Free delivery within 10 miles of Grimsby.


Our mechanics are very experienced and qualified but also friendly! We offer free advice and safety checks and we keep our charges as low as possible. We can often repair while you shop or you can make use of a free courtesy bike.


Grimsby Cycle Hub is on the web: grimsbycyclehub.org.uk They are also on Facebook and tweet as @GrimsbyCycleHub

This feature appeared in The Peoples Issue 33