Need (or just really want) a new bike? We have several ways to pay to make it that little bit easier for you.
Of course, you can pay in full at the time of purchase. If that’s easiest for you, that’s great.
However, if you want to spread the cost (or even save yourself some money), here are three other ways to pay:
1. CYCLE TO WORK
A Cycle to Work scheme is a great way of getting saving up to 42% off the price of your bike. Plus you’ll be able to spread the cost over an agreed term e.g. 12 months.
Our scheme is called Bike to Work but we also accept vouchers for Cyclescheme, Bike2Work, Cycleplus, Halfords (Cycle2Work) Salary Exchange and Green Commute Initiative. If your employer hasn’t signed up to any Cycle to Work scheme, send them this link so you (and all your colleagues) can save.
Recent announcements by the Department of Transport also mean that it may be possible to buy a bike over the current £1,000 limit. Perfect if you’re looking to buy a higher priced or electric bike.
2. INTEREST FREE CREDIT
Instead of having to pay for your new bike and cycling kit all at once, you can spread the cost with 0% interest (that means there is no extra cost for spreading the cost). Depending on how much you’re spending, you can take up to 24 months to pay back the cost of your purchase without having to pay anything extra.
It doesn’t take long to apply and you can do it online, in store or by phone.
3. E-BIKE LOAN
If you’re in Scotland and are buying an electric bike, the Energy Saving Trust is offering an interest free loan for both individuals and businesses. For personal loans, you can borrow up to £6,000 per household with a repayment period of four years. For businesses, loans of up to £30,000 are available with repayment terms of up to four years.
Applications for these electric bike loans are made directly to the Energy Saving Trust.
4. E-CARGO BIKE GRANT
There are two grants for electric cargo bikes available!
To support green last mile deliveries, the Department of Transport is now accepting applications from businesses for grants to purchase e-cargo bikes. This funding is available to limited companies, sole traders, partnerships, charities and not-for-profit organisations who operate in England. Public, community or third sector organisations are also eligible providing they meet the eligibility criteria.
To increase cargo bike usage in Edinburgh and the Lothians by community groups (and in some circumstances other organisations), Spokes is funding grants for electric cargo bikes.
Now you know how to pay for your bike, all you need to do now is choose which bike you want!
* Thinking of electric? Read Best Electric Bikes: Kalkhoff.
* Or if you’re after your dream hybrid bike, try the Whyte Shoreditch.
* Take a look at our Best Carbon Road Bikes for the Money if you’re after something quick!
* For mountain bikes, read our Whyte Mountain Bike Reviews.