Greater Anglia, the train operator, runs Bike and Go from Colchester railway station (nb: Colchester, not Colchester Town or Hythe). This costs a £10 annual fee and a £3.80 daily charge.
As of spring 2013, two companies in the Colchester area offer bicycles for hire. They are coolpedals.co.uk in Langham, about four miles north of Colchester and on the way to Constable Country, and outdoorhirecentre.co.uk, which is based near Colchester town centre, Both companies will deliver and collect cycles across north Essex and south Suffolk for a reasonable extra fee.
Colchester Cycle Stores and other bike shops may offer cycles for hire.