Try Before You Bike

This is a scheme that allows anyone who lives, works, or studies in Tower Hamlets to try out a new or nearly-new bike for a monthly fee. You can then claim it back if you want to buy the bike.

The fee starts at £10 per month for children’s bikes and £30 per month for a standard adult hybrid or folding bike. Included in the cost:

  • insurance against theft and damage
  • essential accessories like lights, lock and helmet etc
  • free delivery to your door by a cycling expert who will help get you started.

If you love your bike and want to keep it, you get the hire fees deducted from the price. You can pay the balance through an interest-free payment plan or by using the Cycle to Work scheme if available where you work.

All the bikes are from popular manufacturers, like Raleigh and Ridgeback. The online ordering system makes it simple to select the right size bike for you.

If you are a beginner and need more training you can get free cycling sessions through the council’s cycle training programme. These details will be provided when you order your bike.

Try Before You Bike is promoted across London and thousands of people have started cycling using this flexible, supportive scheme. It is a great way to get into cycling if you are not ready to go out and buy a new bike yet.

Find out more from our partners Peddle My Wheels who run the scheme on our behalf.