Theft is one of the biggest risks to your bike, so having the right cover against it is a key part of any bicycle insurance policy. You need to look at:
The maximum cover each policy offers
If it has any exclusions that mean you could be rejected if you claim
What else you need the policy to cover
You can then use this comparison to find and compare bicycle insurance policies that offer theft cover.
Make sure the cost of your bike is covered
Work out how much your bike is worth and how much it would cost to replace before you compare policies.
You need a policy that offers a cover limit high enough to replace your bike if it is stolen.
Use this comparison to find policies that offer enough cover for your bike. For example, if your bike is worth £7,000, make sure the maximum cover is at least this amount.
Check the policy exclusions
There will be some situations when your insurer will not cover the theft of your bike; these are called policy exclusions, and can include:
If your bike has not been secured correctly using an approved lock
If you leave your bike unattended for more than 12 hours
If your bike is stolen while you use it to earn money, for example as a courier
Any theft where you cannot give proof of ownership
Read the policy document carefully to make sure you know when your bike is fully protected. You can check what locks you need to use to secure your bike here.
What else do you need the policy to cover?
Make sure the policies you compare offer all the cover you need, for example:
Cover if you suffer a serious injury when riding
Protection against third party claims if you cause an accident
Cover for any accessories like protective clothing or GPS
Here is everything a bicycle insurance policy can cover. Once you know what protection you need, use this comparison to find the best policy for you and your bike.
Bicycle theft insurance FAQs
Will my bike be covered if I do not use a lock?
No, you must lock you bike up to an immovable object if you leave it in a public area. If you keep it at home it must be locked inside, or in your shed.
Do I need to use a specific lock for my bike?
Yes, most insurers only accept a claim for theft if your bike has been secured using an approved lock. Find out what Sold Secure locks you need here.
Will my contents insurance cover my bike against theft?
Yes, but only when it is in your home or locked away on your property. Most contents policies do not cover expensive bikes; find out more here.
How do I claim if my bike is stolen?
You must report it stolen to the police first, and then contact your insurer. Here is how to make a claim on your bike insurance.
Will my bike be covered against theft if I take it abroad?
Most policies offer foreign travel cover of around 60 days a year. Check the policy first because you may have to pay extra to include this cover.