Bike4Work scheme and offers/sales

ianianian Posts: 29
edited July 2008 in MTB buying advice

I'm in the process of buying my bike and wondered how cyclescheme vouchers worked in relation to other offers.
I believed that the vouchers were the same as money to a bike shop, however they seem to be invalid in regards receiving deals.

I had asked for a £700 pound voucher and planned to get a bike plus accessories and then pay for a bike for my girlfriend on top of this. The owner offered me a good deal, however the second her saw the voucher this was retracted. Similarly a friend visited Evans' with the corresponding voucher and was told he would have to 'pay' full price for sale items if he wanted to use the voucher.

Is this correct?


  • BobbyTrigger
    BobbyTrigger Posts: 377
    its a bit muddy that one like.

    i got all the offers etc with mine at halfords, including the £50 of free stuff for spending over £250 on a bike.

    my mate went into the same shop a week later with his voucher and they wouldnt let him have any of the deals at all.

    i did quite well out of it like, a £400 voucher, they threw £60 on top for free, then halfords gave me the £50 for spending over £250.

    £510 in total and i'll pay back about £290 all in all :)
  • ianianian
    ianianian Posts: 29
    Sounds good.

    My bet is that they're supposed to treat it as cash/ offers etc, however they think they can bulls££t you into believing they're doing you a favour in taking it off you and assume they don't have to offer you anything!
  • tjm
    tjm Posts: 190
    I think it might also depend on the scheme. If it is something like then they take a 10% commission from the bike shop. So you can understand that the bike shop might not want to accept that on top of other discounts.
    Certainly when I was looking I got told that I'd have to pay list price if I used the scheme.

    On the other hand a friend has just got a bike via the Evan's scheme and i am pretty sure he got a healthy discount on a last years bike. I am guessing that Evans do not take a commission from themselves so I guess other discounts are then allowed!
  • matrices
    matrices Posts: 9
    I got mine through the Halfords Cycle2Work and got my company's extra £40 on top and the Halfords £50 voucher. Did you not ask the guy in the shop what difference it made to him and if there was some kind of deal you could come to?

  • I got my Dawg on sale from JE James cycles, reduced from £1500 to £900. No problems accepting the Cyclescheme voucher.
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  • Father Faff
    Father Faff Posts: 1,176
    As has been said above there are different schemes and only some would be equivalent to cash for the bike shop.
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  • FSR_XC
    FSR_XC Posts: 2,258
    Bike shop were honest with me when getting bike on Cycle to Work - It costs them 10%.

    So did a deal with them.

    Last years bike was on offer at £700 instead of £950, so I paid £770 on the scheme. £70 to Scheme, £700 to shop and I pay £439 (over 12mths) - everyone's happy!
    Stumpjumper FSR 09/10 Pro Carbon, Genesis Vapour CX20 ('17)Carbon, Rose Xeon CW3000 '14, Raleigh R50
  • passout
    passout Posts: 4,425
    It varies - depending on the shop.

    You'll have no such problem with Evans or Wiggle. Full discount plus cyclescheme.

    Some places will reduce any discount to cover the cyclescheme costs (about 10% of RRP) - so your 30% off deal may become a 20% off deal with cycle scheme.

    Some places, usually smaller ones, will not offer cyclescheme with discounts.

    'Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible' Marcel Proust.
  • Personally, I think if you find somewhere that is not willing to give you the same offer as someone paying by cash/cheque/card then take your custom elsewhere.
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    Kona Lava Dome ('95)

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  • Chaka Ping
    Chaka Ping Posts: 1,451
    I second Megatron, there are obviously people willing to do a deal - don't waste your time arguing with somebody who won't.

    You're not tied into using one shop are you?
  • supermonkey
    supermonkey Posts: 315
    When I was looking for a bike a while ago there were no offers available on the bike I was interested in. That was OK as the bike was a popular 2008 model. The shop I was talking to was obviously prepared to sell it to me for the full RRP, then I mentioned the bike to work scheme. They said if I wanted to use the scheme they would need to add £150 to the bike's RRP! So instead of being £1600 they wanted £1750! As you can imagine, the conversion ended shortly after that.
  • Chaka Ping
    Chaka Ping Posts: 1,451
    Which shop was that?
  • edthedead
    edthedead Posts: 23
    Just got my c2w voucher through this morning, which I have to use at Halfords. I was planning to phone up and order a Scott Aspect 45 for £399, but thought I would wander into Halfords and see if they had any offers on.

    I picked up a GT Aggressor xc1 for £409.99! It was reduced from £549 to £449, but was the last one they had left so had been on display and had a tiny scratch on the brake leaver, so they knocked another £40 off... and then gave me the £50 of free accessories voucher (even though it says on it not vaild with c2w!)... I was well chuffed! :lol::D:lol:
  • GibboGT
    GibboGT Posts: 287
    That's a bargain!! :o
  • edthedead
    edthedead Posts: 23
    And I used my £50 voucher to buy a load of cleaning/maintainance stuff (oil etc) which was all on buy 2 get one free...... :P
  • Ghengis
    Ghengis Posts: 90
    Hope my work hurry and get their fingers out of their asses and sort out this scheme. I really fancy getting a decent commuter bike sorted. For some reason they are dragging their heels - tossers!!!! Looks like it really is a good deal if you get to the right shop.
    Nearly there, just over this hill and round the next corner...

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  • supermonkey
    supermonkey Posts: 315
    Chaka Ping wrote:
    Which shop was that?

    All Terrain Cycles if I remember correctly.
  • starsky007
    starsky007 Posts: 185
    Tredzs in cardiff would not give me any thing off with my voucher, thats where i got my trance 3 from £999.99. they told me they have to pay the voucher company 10% of the bill. so any offers on the net they had was just cash only offers.
    nice new giant trance 3
    also ht coyote
    s-works epic 2008.