Bike Centre



Bicycle Rental Program

The Rental program is now accepting applications for the Fall 2016 term!
Visit the UW Bike rental Ticketfi page to apply!

This Fall 2016, the University of Waterloo Bike Centre will continue to offer the bicycle rental program. Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to rent one of 22 bicycles at an affordable price for the entire term.

This term we will be using a lottery system to select those who will be able to rent a bike! To reserve a chance to rent a bike for the term, you will be required to pay a $10 refundable deposit. By purchasing your deposit ticket, you are automatically entered into the lottery. Should you be successful, you will be contacted by September 7th and your deposit will be credited to your rental amount. If you aren't selected, your deposit will be returned to you no later than Sept 30th. Deposits which is a flat fee of $10 (no additional tax or fees will be included!) can be purchased on the UW Bike Rental Ticketfi page.

Rental fees and damage deposits will be payable in cash or debit only when picking up your bike. Bike pickup will be Sept 8, Sept 9, and through the week of Sept 12-16.

Each rental bicycle comes with reflectors, front and rear lights, and a U-lock and cable. You are required to prove you have a helmet when you pick up your bike.


2 & 3 speed bikes   
8-speed bikes

$75/term (plus $200 damage deposit)
$95/term (plus $300 damage deposit)

Payments and deposits will be payable in cash or debit only when picking up your bicycle.

Each rental bicycle comes with reflectors, front and rear lights, and a U-lock and cable.

Bicycle Models

The following bicycle models will be available for rental:


NORCO CITY GLIDE 8IGH (medium and large)


NORCO CITY GLIDE 2SPD (small, medium and large)


NORCO CITY GLIDE 3IGH MIXTE (small & medium)

Hours of Operation 

Monday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Fall Reading Week Hours:
Monday October 10 - Closed for Thanksgiving
Tuesday October 11 - Reduced hours
Wednesday October 12 - Reduced hours

Fall Reading Week hours will be announced on our Facebook page.

Where is the Bike Centre

The Bike Centre is in the northwest corner of the Student Life Centre. You can get to us from the outside by our door in that corner of the building (on the Ring Road side of the SLC loading docks) or from inside the SLC by walking down the hallway past the CIBC and the Apple II hair stylists in the basement. The room number is SLC 0101.

How the Bike Centre Works

We charge $1/hr for use of the tools and $1 if you use any of the fluids. Both charges are flat rate.

We have new parts for sale, too!

  • Inner Tubes - $3 (26" presta valve) or $4.50 (26", 27", & 700c sizes) 
  • Brake & Shift Cables: $3
  • Brake & Shift Housing: $2/ft
  • Patch Kits: $2.50 (regular) or $4 (gluessless)
  • Ankle Straps: $4

The fluids available are oil (suitable for your chain), lube (the thick gooey stuff to be used on bearings), and citrus-based solvent (for helping get rid of the old gooey stuff).

We have the tools for most routine maintenance. 

What we don't have are tools that are specific for disc brakes, suspension fork or shock, frame straightening, pressing in headset cups, or for weird/cutting-edge/high-end parts.

How to Contact the Bike Centre

Phone: (519) 888-4567 x35174
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