LAST UPDATED: 03/03/2021
2021 brings new optimism with many of us hopefully returning to our offices and places of work. The insight from the cycle Industry suggests that demand for bikes in 2021 will continue to be significant and, like 2020, most brands, high street retailers and local stores will experience a high-volume of orders that will outweigh their supply.
The most in-demand bikes have predominantly been those that are below £1000, with the models seeing the highest level of demand being the entry-level commuting, road and hardtail bikes (although this was mainly prior to the launch of the new 2021 bike models).
However, over the last 11 months stores have adapted and shown a level of resourcefulness that has allowed them to continue supporting and supplying requests for Cyclescheme participants, we expect this to continue into 2021.
In Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales bicycle stores will remain classified as essential and will remain open, it would be advisable to check the store site for further guidance.
As you would expect from Cyclescheme, we are working closely with our brands and retailer network to ensure every rider can access a bike. We have a large network of over 2,000 retailers with multiple retailer types to choose from - whether you're looking to pick up a bike locally, online or brand-direct.
Now in our third spell of lockdown…
Here are our top tips to support you finding the bike of your dreams:
✔ Speak to your local bike store first, call them to ask what they have available.
✔ Use our online click and collect brands.
✔ There is currently more availability and choice of bikes over £1,000 than there is under £1,000.
✔ Check your limit with your employer if you think a premium model or e-bike might be for you.
✔ Pre-order now available with many retailers for new 2021 bikes.
✔ Check the website of our top bike brands, they generally have 'bike finders' that support you finding the bike you want at a local dealer.
✔ E-bikes are well-stocked across the industry; they may not as expensive as you might think.
✔ Exhausted all the above? Complete our Bike Finder form.
✔ Use one of our 'Pop-up' online stores, whilst you cannot redeem your certificate online with these stores, they are ready and set up for Cyclescheme orders via email or phone and ready to ship bikes cross the UK.
✔ Top Brands, Top locations
To save you some time we have identified our top biggest selling brands and there top locations in the month of March.
- Giant Tredz, Rutland, Giant Brand stores, Pauls Cycles and Pedal on
- Trek Sigma, Balfes, Team Cycles, Wheelbase and Leisure Lakes
- Specialized Rutland, Certini Bicycle Company, Balfes, Specialized Concept stores and Sigma
- Cannondale Tredz, Wheelbase, Cycles UK, Sigma and Westbrook Cycles
- Whyte Balfes, Edinburgh Bicycle Coop, Ace Bicycle, Billy Bislands and Mountain Trax
- Raleigh Raleigh Direct, Tredz, Pure Electric, Smilebikes and Evans Cycles
General updates and stock advice from across the retail network
Mutli-sport retailer Decathlon have 8 stores are available for Click & Collect, workshop services, and the sale of essential commuting products, such as bikes and scooters and 15 stores are only available for click and collect.
Go Outdoors stores in Tier 4 areas remain open for essential cycling and outdoor needs. The stores have reduced opening hours and continue to practice social distancing and regular cleaning. If visiting a store please wear a facemask and be prepared to queue if the store is at capacity.
Components and accessories:
Our retailer network is well stocked with a huge range of accessories and components. If you're struggling to find the new bike you want but have an older bike in the shed, why not consider upgrading it?
Take advantage of our local and online retailers to turn that old bike into a functional one which can support your commute.
To learn more about items that are allowed on the scheme check out our knowledge base article on the topic.
If you can’t find the bike you want...
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