Try Before You Bike Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q. How long can I keep my bike?

A. You are on a one month subscription that can be cancelled or renewed at any time you want.

Q. Can I buy the bike and accessories?

A. Yes. The bike can be purchased at a reduced price and there are three ways to buy - one off payment with additional discount, 12 month interest-free plan or via a Cycle to Work scheme.

Q. Which Cycle to Work schemes do you accept?

A. We currently accept a number of Cycle to Work schemes. Just check our Bits and Tips page for details.

Q. Can I buy the bike without the accessories?

A. No, the accessories that come with the bike are part of the package. The helmet is free but the rest needs to be purchased.

Q. Do you help if I am not confident on the bike?

A. Yes definitely! The whole point of the scheme is get people cycling who, for whatever reason, have not yet started. That is why our delivery staff are all trained to help people get started on bikes. We will give you an introductory session upon delivery of the bike and then direct you to where you can get additional free training and support through your council.

Q. Am I committing to buy the bike when I sign up to the scheme and will there be penalty fees if I cancel?

A. No commitment to buying, no additional fees, no penalties for not buying.

Q. Can anyone order a bike?

A. No you must live, work or study in the borough that the scheme is active in. Proof will be needed to be shown upon delivery of the bike from one of the following documents - council tax bill, tenancy agreement, enrolment papers, employee contract plus photo ID.

Q. Can the bike be delivered or collected anywhere?

A. The bike can be delivered and collected, to and from any London borough, not necessarily your qualifying borough. The rule is you can only order a bike if you live, work or study in a qualifying London borough.

Q. Does my one month bike subscription start from when I order the bike?

A. No, the month starts from when the bike is delivered so you always get a full month's use of the bike.

Q. Are the bikes new?

A. New, nearly new or used - you choose. When you are selecting your bike use the filters to see new, nearly new or used bikes. Nearly new bikes and used will be cheaper should you wish to purchase the bike.

Q. What condition does my bike have to be in when returned and do I need to also return the accessories?

A. If there is any damage that costs us to repair it you will be charged for parts but if there is just some cosmetic damage as one would expect for a month's use then there is no charge for this. All accessories must be returned with the bike except the helmet which is a free gift from us.

Q. How many bikes can I order?

A. Two adult bikes and two kids bikes per household (contact us if more bikes are required).

Q. Why must I include a lock, lights, helmet and mudguards with the bike?

A. We must include the first three of these items as they are necessary for insurance purposes. They must be returned with the bike if you choose not to buy the bike and accessories. We add the mudguards as most people want them (no one likes a line of muddy rain up their back).

Q. Can I swap bikes for another model? 

A. You put a new order in for the bike you want to try and then book a collection of your current bike for the same day. Please note the two contracts are separate so you do not carry over your trial fees from one contract to the next.

Q. Do I have to pay a deposit?

A. No.

Q. What happens if the bike is stolen or damaged?

A. You are liable for the bike so will owe the value of the bike less your subscription fee. There is information provided during the order process on how you can obtain insurance for theft and damage cover.

Q. Do you help with any problems with the bike?

A. Yes for the first six months of your subscription. You will only be charged for the parts needed (unless under warranty). 

Q. Why can one only take part in certain boroughs?

A. It's supported by local councils, and aims to encourage people to get into cycling – this is why there is so much flexibility and value in the scheme.