Have you been anticipating the arrival of your new electric bike, racing bike, or mountain bike? You need to get it insured, especially if it is expensive. What a disgraceful use of the word "bicycle"! The bicycle has become indispensable transportation, recreation, and exploration tool. The number of people looking for an e-bike, racing bike, tour bike, or mountain bike is growing. Nearly threefold from a decade ago, the average bike cost in Europe was about 1,400 euros. To find affordable insurance, it makes sense to shop around.
Tip 1: You should rely on something other than your home contents insurance.
Homeowners' insurance provides some protection against bike theft. You should scrutinize this to determine if the level of safety it provides is adequate for your needs. However, it is vital to be aware that reimbursement is frequently inadequate. There are situations where that amount of money won't go far enough to buy a brand-new bike. Theft from a secure location, such as a basement or storage shed, is almost always followed by a financial penalty. Some policies cover bike theft no matter where it occurred. However, please be aware that there are caps on how much can be reimbursed. A new bicycle is often insufficient. Therefore, having more bike insurance is usually a good idea.
Tip 2: Even with a used bike, it pays to have good insurance.
Don't let anyone convince you that your cherished vintage Dutch bike isn't valuable. Replacement costs would be high in the event of loss or damage. Especially if your motorcycle is unique, you should spend what it takes to get a replacement that lives up to your standards. Therefore, good bike insurance is worthwhile if you are attached to your used bike and want to replace it with something comparable in the event of a loss.
Tip 3: Don't let the current market value fool you.
Imagine you invested 3,500 euros in a touring bike three years ago, only to have it stolen. Many policies only cover the bike's market value at the time of purchase. For context, that's just over $1,100 (or just over 1,000 euros). There isn't enough there to get a brand-new equivalent model. Therefore, owners of high-quality bicycles should seek insurance that provides coverage equal to the cost of a brand-new bike. Furthermore, it is recommended to purchase insurance to protect against the theft of bicycle components, such as the battery on electric bikes. Not all policies cover the theft of your bike.
Tip 4: Cover all of your bases by purchasing all-risk insurance.
It's annoying and costly when something breaks on any bicycle (an electric bike or a traditional bicycle). And that's possible even if you're meticulous about maintaining your bike. An instance of vandalism: Let's say you've chained your racing bike to a stand, and someone kicks the back tire with all their might. After that, the entire thing is crooked, or your e-bike battery dies after two years. It's comforting to know that repairs and pricey replacement parts will be covered by insurance. This, however, is not the case with all bicycle insurance plans. Take careful note of the specifics.
Tip 5: Not every specification of an insurer suits you.
Most bike theft insurance policies will only pay out if the bike was locked at the time of the theft. Many insurers even make precise specifications for bicycle locks. But what if you forget to lock it or use a different lock? If you are unsure about the prescription your insurance company has given you, you should inquire further. You are often better served with a policy that does not set you such strict requirements.
Tip 6: Always have your bike insured.
Some insurers only pay for thefts during the day, not between 10 pm and 6 am. For example, if you like to be out and about longer in the evening. Or, if you go on a tour on vacation, stay overnight and store your bike or e-bike somewhere. It would be best if you did not take out policies with a so-called overnight clause.
Tip 7: For longer trips, a bicycle protection letter is ideal.
Like a car protection letter, which covers you in the event of a breakdown anywhere in the world, a bicycle protection letter does the same for you anywhere in the world. The insurance company will pay for fixing or replacing the bicycle (or e-bike). In addition, he will cover the cost of an additional night at the hotel if that is what it takes to get you back on your feet. A puncture protection policy is excellent if you like to go on long tours.
You are now aware of the pitfalls to avoid and the insurance coverage you should pursue. Now you should find out for yourself what level of protection you need. You can choose from a basic theft policy or an all-inclusive peace-of-mind package.