With the ease in lockdown measures, more people are taking to the roads on their bikes for recreation or commute, dusting off the good ol’ two-wheelers from the shed. We have the best cheap bike deals and all the best places where you can buy bikes online collected here, saving you time and effort to look up all the available options yourself.
Better still, at the end of this article, we also have a little cycle to work explainer but if you would like to know more about how to save £££ on your new bike and bike gear, head over to our cycle to work hub where we explain the topic in more detail.
• Shop bikes at Evans Cycles
• Shop bikes at Wiggle
• Shop road bikes at Halfords
• Shop bikes at Chain Reaction Cycles
Cycling, even on an electric bike, is not only great for your physical health but also mental well-being. Evans Cycles is the UK’s top bike store, along with Halfords, and many of its stores are still open. As well as Evans, online-only bike-meister Wiggle is also going strong, as are most of the smaller, specialist bicycle retailers – scroll down for more on them. From what we can see, it’s business as usual for all the major retailers, with fewer delays in processing and delivering the orders than you might expect.
• Shop road bikes at Ribble
• Shop bikes at Rutland Cycling
• Shop bikes at Tredz
• Shop Canyon’s Factory Outlet
We have lists of the best road bikes, and the best electric bikes so feel free to have a look around there too. Oh and we also have a list of the best bikes (of all kinds). What we have here, however, is a sample of the best value road bike deals and electric bike deals we could find. Naturally, they’re all available to buy online and have delivered.
Want to cycle or work out indoors? Check out our guides on both subjects: where to buy weights online and where to buy treadmills online (and exercise bike).
Best city and commuting bike deals
Best e-bike deals
There are plenty of other places to buy bikes and e-bikes online. Here are our favourites, and some of their best current bike deals.
• Browse the e-bike outlet at Canyon
• Shop e-bikes at VanMoof
• Shop e-bikes at Evans Cycles
• Shop e-bikes at Wiggle
• Shop e-bikes at Halfords
• Shop e-bikes at Ribble
Best road bike deals
Are you after some cheap road bikes? Check out our guide for the best road bikes under £500: road racing doesn’t have to cost the earth, really.
Best mountain bike and BMX deals
Best kids and junior bike deals
Through the Cycle to Work scheme, you can get bicycles, cycling accessories and clothing for a discounted price. Your employer must sign up first for one of the many schemes available and provide you with a code which you can use at selected retailers.
The maximum amount you can spend through the Cycle to Work scheme used to be capped at £1,000 but you can now buy a bike of any price.
• T3’s guide to : how does it work, how much you can spend and what can you buy?
The way the scheme works is a little bit complex if you want to know the ins and outs of it – it’s essentially a legal, government-sanctioned tax avoidance scheme, yet it’s been made so complex that it feels more like an illegal tax evasion scheme.
However, when you boil Cycle To Work down to essentials, you spread the cost of buying your chosen bike over a year, interest free, and also save a load of money in the process.
Cycle to Work is a ‘salary sacrifice’ employee benefit, meaning the 12 monthly instalments are taken off your gross salary, saving you and your employer money, as no tax is paid. Due to tax allowances etc, this is horrifically complex to put an exact figure on, but let’s just say most standard rate payers will save a lot and higher rate tax payers will save even more.
Under the most advantageous use of this system, after 4 years you pay 7% of the original purchase price of the bike – or 3% if the bike was under £500 – in order to own it ‘properly’. Up until then you are technically just hiring it.
In a nutshell: quite complicated, but well worth doing.
Here is a list of the top Cycle to work scheme providers:
- Green Commute Initiative
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