Cycle2work scheme (UK)
Does anyone have any experience of the Cycle2work scheme (employer's announced that it will join it) ?
I'm a little worried about Halfords range (seemed quite limited last time I visited a store).
Can they source any bike ?
No direct experience (I'm Canadian), but from this document:
Originally Posted by ash4781
This appears to be consistent with other links on the Cycle2work scheme such as this one http://www.club-cycles.com/employees/faqs.asp
If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, simply call Halfords’ dedicated Cycle2Work team on 08700 660511, or email email@example.com, and we will do our best to source your dream bike for you."
Halfords Cycle2work scheme
Tel: 08700 660 511 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a query about the scheme or have a preferred bike that is not normally stocked in a Halfords store. Your local store manager will also be able to help you with initial enquiries."
It might be best for you to call that number or email them to find out, especially if you already have a particular brand and model of bike in mind.
you don't have to go through Halfords - speak to your LBS!
For my short commute (varies from 4km to 18km) I'd rather have one of those dutch bikes like the ones from http://www.raincitybikes.ca .
Cycle2work is halford's own scheme so you will have to source your bike through them if this is the one you have available to you. They say on their website that they will do their best to source your dream bike so it may not be the end of the world.
Other schemes allow you to choose from any registered shop. If it's not already a done deal then I would encourage your employer to use an alternative (eg Cyclescheme) so that you and your colleagues can support local businesses.