Comparing Prices - Buyer Beware


Comparing prices between models can be challenging and the shrewd customer needs to ensure that they are comparing Apples with Apples.  

The difficulty is that some manufacturers include certain things in the base price: like a rain cover, puncture proof tyres, 7 gears, kids seats even. Whilst others treat these as additional to the base cost.

Another issue is that some aspects are not directly comparable, e.g. some only offer 3 point harnesses, whilst others 5 point harnesses which are safer.  

And finally, there is the crucial comparison of functionality which only become apparent through a test ride.  Some important things to think through include:

> weight of bike

> turning circle maeuverability

> speed of putting rain cover on - and how easy to store away

With this in mind, we include below as close a comparison as possible for a typical bike fully kitted out for 2 kids with 7 or 8 gears and a rain tent, lock and lights.  

Please contact us for the latest order forms with detailed pricing so that you can price up your preferred bike - e.g. it is possible to order with only one seat.


EMPLOYER MONTHLY FUNDING

Savings (tax) and paying installments

Ask your employer if they operate the Cycle Scheme and you could buy your Kangaroo monthly and save up to a maximum of 42% on the cost thanks to a government backed "Cycle Scheme" introduced in the 1999 Finance Act.

An example for a £2,280 bike comes out at £129/month from net salary (£190 from pre-tax salary) - see below.

Your employer buys the bike (and equipment), then leases it to you through an interest-free salary sacrifice scheme. In short, this means you'll pay less for your bike and will be able to pay in installments. The Cycle Scheme is a salary sacrifice. This means the cost of a new bike and equipment is deducted from your salary as a non-cash benefit, so you save on tax and national insurance.

Your options are as follows:

A. If you work for a large employer you may find that it either:

> Outsources the running of this scheme to a Provider, such as Cyclescheme.co.uk and Green Commute Initiative; or,

> Run it In-house through the HR and Payroll depts.


B. If you are a small company or are self-employed you can still implement the system - your Finance/HR function can run it fairly easily.  See Guidance.

COMPARISON TABLE - INDICATIVE