Bike Library

FEL offers a broad range of support for those wanting to take up more active travel. Since 2016 FEL has offered free ebike loans to members of the public across Forth Valley. We also offer a range of other equipment including trailers, children's seats, cargo bikes and other cycling equipment.

Borrow an ebike

All bikes are supplied with locks, lights, helmets and panniers. If you would like additional support such as cycle training and route planning we can also provide this.

Ebike loans this way

We have ebikes, ecargo bikes, e-mountain bikes, and a huge range of family cycling equipment from trailers to seats. We also have smoothie bikes and generator bikes, which are fun for events!

No, our ebike trials are completely free thanks to funding from Sestrans, TacTrans, and Paths for All, the only cost to you would be the electricity you use to charge the ebike during it’s time with you – average cost to charge one of our Bosch equipped ebikes with a 400wh battery is £0.098 based on Ofgem’s average kWh rate for electricity for a consumer on standard variable tariff paying by direct debit.

Along with your ebike, you’ll receive our ebike accessory bundle, this includes a Lazer brand helmet, Kryptonite/Trelock bicycle lock, ebike charger specific to your chosen ebike’s motor manufacturer and two keys (one for the ebike battery lock and another for the bicycle lock – if your ebike has a double battery or a café lock, you may have more than two keys!). Ebikes with rear pannier racks will also be supplied with a Thule Shield roll top waterproof pannier bag.

Please email us at travel@felscotland.org or by calling 01786 235 239 if you wish to make changes to your original booking. Requests will be honoured where possible, subject to availability and demand.

Yes, as your rental is free, we do not make an income from our ebikes so we’re unable to bear the cost of replacing lost items. Missing items like keys, locks, chargers, helmets and pannier bags will incur a cost to replace. Please see our price list for exact amounts.

At present, we do not charge for late or overdue returns. However, our ebikes are frequently being booked by other users, so if you’re unable to make your agreed return date please advise us as soon as possible so we can make any necessary changes to your booking. This will be reviewed if we suffer continued late returns.

To ensure our fleet is available to the widest possible audience, we’d kindly ask you to book no more than three rentals in a 12-month period. Excessive rentals will be cancelled and you’ll be notified by email.

We are also limiting consecutive loans. While we hope to facilitate members of the public who are trying different styles of bike or ecargo to find the one that’s right for them, we will reject consecutive loans of the same ebike – this applies to our electric mountain bikes, where customers attempt to take three consecutive rentals over the summer months.

For details and requests outside of this stipulation please do get in touch. We are trying to be as fair as possible to all our customers, and will take extenuating circumstances into account.

We can only offer delivery of our larger ecargo bikes within the Forth Valley. Delivery and collection charges will be agreed with the customer, and payable prior to the start of the hire period.

Please bring photographic ID in the form of a valid photo card driver’s licence, passport or national identity card along with a utility bill or similar matching the photo ID and dated within the last three months as proof of address.

You must be over 14 years of age to legally ride an ebike in public in the UK. Anyone with a UK address can borrow an ebike.

No. Rentals will be refused if we think this is the case.

Yes, please get in touch by emailing travel@felscotland.org to discuss how we can support you.

Yes, for bookings of more than three bikes, please get in touch by emailing travel@felscotland.org and we can organise a larger booking for you.