eBike sales: Willow eBikes is an official dealer for European ebike brands including Batribike, Bianchi, Corratec and Gepida. We offer free delivery within 50 miles of Melrose.
Willow eBike hire – We deliver eBikes to Selkirk, Melrose, Kelso, Jedburgh, Hawick, Galashiels, St Boswells, Earlston and the surrounding area. Daily or weekly hire with free delivery from our base in the heart of the Scottish Borders, including a safety helmet for each rider. We also supply a removable pannier bag and bike lock. Discounts are available for longer rental periods. And if you find you love your rental bike so much, we will deduct the hire cost from the ebike purchase price!
Call us on 01896 208150 or 07446 938374 for more information on how to order your eBike.
Willow eBikes is a partner in the governments cycle to work scheme. How does it work?
Your employer buys a bike for you to ride to work, you ‘hire’ it through salary sacrifice (which is where you save by not paying tax and National Insurance on the monthly fees) and at the end of the ‘hire’ period you buy the bike from your employer. In other words, your salary sacrifice is made from your gross salary, not your net salary.
Hundreds of thousands of people have already bought a bike on the scheme, which was introduced as a tax exemption in 1999 by the government to ‘promote healthier journeys to work and reduce environmental pollution’.
Because it was set up to promote work journeys rather than cycling in general, your employer technically remains the owner of the bike once you finish the hire period.
Everyone knows that in practice the employee is ‘buying’ the bike, but that isn’t legally the case until the salary sacrifice ends and the employer ‘sells’ the now heavily depreciated equipment to the employee.
In the past, few employers have bothered with the final sale transaction because it was a hassle, so many employees didn’t have to make a final payment. However, that changed a few years ago with HMRC clarifying that bikes needed to be sold at Fair Market Value so as to avoid the scheme being a tax loophole.