The fourth batch of Fix Your Bike vouchers have been released by the government - here’s how you can claim your £50 discount and get your bike ready for spring and summer.
On Tuesday (March 30) the Department for Transport launched another wave of bike repair discounts, aimed at getting more people cycling through the coronavirus pandemic.
The government has, yet again, released 150,000 vouchers, the joint biggest batch since the scheme was officially unveiled last year.
The last batch of 150,000 discounts, which are only available in England, was released earlier this March. They were all claimed within 48 hours of release so you will need to hurry.
The government website says: “The scheme is open to anyone in England who has an unused cycle in need of a repair.
“However, as there are a limited number of vouchers available, please consider the needs of others before applying for a voucher and do not delay making planned repairs outside of the scheme should your circumstances allow it.
“Vouchers can only be used with bike repairers or mechanics that are registered for the scheme in England.”
Bike repair businesses have registered to take part in the scheme if they meet the eligibility requirements (including holding £2 million public liability insurance).
Evans Cycles and Halfords have both confirmed they are taking part in the scheme.
Cycling director at Halfords, Paul Tomlinson, said: “We have helped repair thousands of bikes through the government’s ‘Fix Your Bike’ voucher scheme.
“This scheme means that many who might not be able to afford to get their bike fixed can now bring theirs back to a roadworthy condition and it looks like it’s happening against a backdrop of a huge increase in cycling – it’s fantastic to see that this demand looks set to stay – if not increase.
“Cycling brings so many benefits and as the country slowly starts to re-open, we are thrilled that more people are considering cycling more frequently than before.”
To claim your voucher, you can visit the Fix Your Bike scheme website here to register for a code. You can then take your bike into a registered shop to claim your £50 discount on a service.
As part of the scheme, Halfords is also offering cyclists a 32-point bike check to assess repairs.
You claim your repairs through Halfords, which has thousands of slots available each day, visit the Halfords website (opens in new tab) and book your appointment.
Evans offers Road Ready Service for £35 and the remaining cost of the voucher can be used for any additional parts or repairs you might need. Any additional parts and labour beyond that will be chargeable.
To claim your repairs through Evans, find your local store via the Evans website (opens in new tab), redeem your voucher code and then bring your bike into your local store.
You will need your unique voucher code and two types of ID.
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Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers. Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.
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