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Cycle to work scheme

 

The Basics

Cycle to Work allows an employer to offer an employee a cheaper way to purchase their ideal bicycle.

Choose your bicycle in store, hire it from your employer for an agreed length of time (usually 12 months), and then purchase it for a small percentage of its original price. This usually results in a saving of over 25% from RRP for a standard rate taxpayer. Even greater savings are available for higher rate taxpayers.

The scheme can also be used to purchase relevant safety accessories and clothing for use with the bicycle. For cyclists who already have a bike, some schemes will also allow for “accessory only” applications. Certain accessories are excluding, including but not limited to, computers, aero bars and boot racks.

To find out if you’re registered, ask around your place of work, or with your manager, HR department etc.

The Rules

Employees can choose a bicycle and/or accessories up to a total of £1000. A small number of employers allow for vouchers over £1000, but this is quite rare.

After receiving your bicycle and redeeming your voucher, you will pay it back through your monthly wage packet, before tax, netting you an average saving of 25%.

At the end of the scheme you will be given the opportunity to purchase the bicycle. This is usually at 5% of the fair market value of the bicycle. This usually amounts to not much more than the previous monthly payments.

Sale bicycles and accessories are not included for purchase on Cycle to Work schemes. Cycle to Work vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with other existing offers and/or discount codes.

Regulations

You pick a bike and/or accessories costing a maximum of £1000 (there are some exceptions where you can go over this if your work holds a consumer credit licence).

Its deducted from your gross salary over a year (you pay less tax and NI), although we accept several scheme vouchers we find this a handy calculator:

Visit the Cyclescheme Calculator

At the end of the 12-month ‘hire’ period, you buy the bike from your employer for its HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) approved Fair Market Value (FMV).

Read all the Government stuff here

What Vouchers do we accept?

At Dales Cycles we have partnered with the biggest Tax-Free Schemes around including:

    • Cyclescheme
    • Halfords Cycle2Work
    • Cycleplus
    • Salary Exchange
    • Bike 2 Work

If you can't see your voucher listed, please contact us for a chat and we will help if we can.

Cycle to Work

Schemes

For more information on each individual scheme, click on the links below.

Cycle Scheme

Halfords Cycle 2 Work

CyclePlus

Salary Exchange

Bike 2 Work Scheme

Step by Step

Step 1. Once your employer is partnered with any of the schemes, you can visit our stores or call us to choose your bike and any extra safety equipment you might need, up to the value of £1000.

Step 2. We will provide you with a written quotation to help you apply for a certificate. Usually this will be done online, or through your HR department.

Step 3. If approved, a certificate/voucher will be posted or e-mailed to you.

Step 4. Let us know when you've received your voucher so that we can safety check your bicycle and ensure everything is ready for collection/delivery.

Step 5. Redeem your certificate in store, by email or over the telephone in exchange for your chosen bike and accessories. If you are not presenting your certificate in person we will need a valid form of photographic ID.

 

Dales Cycles reserve the right to exclude chosen products from purchase with Cycle to Work vouchers.

These usually include products sold in conjunction with existing offers/vouchers, or sale/reduced items.

Cycle to Work Schemes