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Insurance for mountain bikes, pushbikes, road bikes and more

Despite its benefits to the environment and your health, cycling doesn't come without risks. 

17,470 cyclists were killed or injured in reported road accidents between June 2018 and June 2019[2] and more than 270,000 bikes were stolen[3].

If you're one of those unlucky enough to find your bike damaged in a collision or stolen, bicycle insurance could prevent you having to cover the cost of repairs or replacement yourself.

You may be able to cover your bike on your home contents insurance, but you can also buy a separate policy that offers tailored protection for your cycling routine and bike.

Just make sure you’re not doubling up on cover by buying both, or you’ll be paying for insurance you don’t need.

Specialist bike cover vs home insurance cover

Specialist cover
Cover with home insurance

Specialist cycling insurance offers a basic level of cover for things like accidental damage and theft, as well as more extensive cover for keen cyclists.

For instance if you own an expensive bike, such as those used for races or competitions, specialist insurers are more likely to offer a level of cover tailored to your needs. 

Specialist insurance will often include cover for:

  • Personal accidents and collisions
  • Replacement bike hire
  • Replacement of vintage parts, clothing, helmets and accessories.
  • Competition and race fees
  • Families and multi-bike households
  • Cycling breakdown
  • Cycle boxes
  • Euopean travel up to 45 days

Things to consider

  • Accidental damage and theft will be included as standard but you may need to add cover for competitions, public liability and personal accidents as optional extras
  • Most policies will only cover the bike if it's in possession of the policyholder at the time of the incident
  • It may be worth running a quote for specialist cover and adding cover to your home insurance policy to compare which is cheaper

Bicycles are often covered as standard by home contents insurance policies but it's important to check they offer the cover you need.

Home insurers will often only cover bicycles for accidental damage and theft, and may not cover damages that occur away from the home.

If you require these features you can usually add them on to your policy as an optional extra.

Be aware that there will probably be a single value limit for how much your home insurer will cover your bike for.

So, if your bike costs £1,000 and your insurer's single item limit is £800, you'll need to cover the remaining £200 yourself if you need to claim.

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Things to consider

  • If you already have home insurance, check your policy documents to see if your bike is covered and what it's covered for
  • If your bike is worth more than your policy's single article limit, you'll need to list it seperately

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I insure my bike for business use?

    If you're a delivery cyclist or use your bicycle for any trade or business purposes, you may find you're not covered by your insurance.

  • Can I insure children and young riders?

    The minimum age accepted for specialist bike insurance is 14 years old. If you choose family cover as an optional extra, you may be able to cover young riders of 14 or above on your policy.

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How much will bicycle insurance cost?

Your actual bicycle insurance quote will be calculated based on your circumstances and takes into consideration what kind of bike you ride and its value.

Mountain bikes, street bikes, pushbikes, road bikes, folding bikes, hybrids and electric bikes are all usually covered. If you’re riding a self-built custom bicycle, you can get insurance for your bike’s unique specification.

If you need to make a claim, it’ll reflect the true value of the bike. Just make sure your insurer’s aware of any modifications before you buy a policy, otherwise you might not be covered.

How to get an insurance quote for your cycle

Finding a quote for your bicycle doesn't take long. You’ll just need to fill out a few details about you and your bicycle first to get started. Here's what you'll need:

  1. Details about your bike

    The type, make and value

  2. Standard cover requirements

    Excess amount, accessories cover, replacement cycle and no claims discount

  3. Optional extras

    Do you need cover for personal accidents or competition use?

  4. Security information

    What locks and alarms you have installed

  5. Your details

    Your name, address and age

There were 273,000 incidents of bicycle theft in 2019, according to the Crime in England and Wales Survey[3]

You can help protect your bike from criminal theft and damage when you take out bicycle insurance cover

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Page last reviewed: 21 May 2020
Next review due: 21 July 2020

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[2]According to the Department for Transport 17,470 cyclists were killed or injured in reported road accidents between June 2018 and June 2019

[3]There were 273,000 incidents of bicycle theft in 2019, according to the Crime in England and Wales Survey

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