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One for my blogging grandmothers group. Sara your page views are impressive. Are you an amazon associate?
I started my blog in January and have just signed up to amazon associates and adsense. I post once a week and put my link here, mumsnet, facebook page and twitter (I only have 106 followers but it is targeted at people with similar interests). I found another blogger had put my site on her blog as a recommended blog for smallholders, rural life etc which I think really helped. I'd followed her through twitter and I've found that if you engage with people in your target area it helps get you noticed (and I've also learned loads and found this interesting too).
 
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the ongoing problem of kids and screens. New post about getting them off screens and outdoors
 

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There has been a change to the Cycle to Work Scheme.

You can read about it on my blog, and how it will affect you if you are looking to get a new bike through the CTW scheme.

 
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There has been a change to the Cycle to Work Scheme.

You can read about it on my blog, and how it will affect you if you are looking to get a new bike through the CTW scheme.

Interesting

When I did it at my workplace about 2 years ago now I topped out at around £950 I think I spent. I remember last year people were complaining that we werne't offered the cycle to work scheme.

Different workplaces seem to go with different companies I find (even though the offering is the same moneywise!). So we had to use Halfords while the wife at her workplace had to use Evans Cycles which I don't think even exists anymore!

Either way it's a fantastic way to get a top of the range bike!
 

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Interesting

When I did it at my workplace about 2 years ago now I topped out at around £950 I think I spent. I remember last year people were complaining that we werne't offered the cycle to work scheme.

Different workplaces seem to go with different companies I find (even though the offering is the same moneywise!). So we had to use Halfords while the wife at her workplace had to use Evans Cycles which I don't think even exists anymore!

Either way it's a fantastic way to get a top of the range bike!
Evans Cycles is all over London.

The cap is still in in place if the company doesn't have FCA approval for bike hire (I'm not sure how many will do) but they will soon get it when they realise that people cycling to work will want to spend £££££.

I'm considering an electric bike - I was thinking of getting a moped but an electric bike might actually make my life easier. Just not cheaper! :D

It has been a few years since I did CTW but I was able to use any bike shop that was part of the CycleScheme group (or whatever it was called).

I presume this will get cancelled as a benefit in the next few years as the Government realise people commuting via bike aren't really spending £5k on a commuter bike, but their triathlon times have massively improved! :D
 

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Evans Cycles is all over London.

The cap is still in in place if the company doesn't have FCA approval for bike hire (I'm not sure how many will do) but they will soon get it when they realise that people cycling to work will want to spend £££££.

I'm considering an electric bike - I was thinking of getting a moped but an electric bike might actually make my life easier. Just not cheaper! :D

It has been a few years since I did CTW but I was able to use any bike shop that was part of the CycleScheme group (or whatever it was called).

I presume this will get cancelled as a benefit in the next few years as the Government realise people commuting via bike aren't really spending £5k on a commuter bike, but their triathlon times have massively improved! :D
haha more than likely.

Evans Cycles are in Leeds as well, I wonder why I thought they had gone bust!

I just viewed the whole thing as a 0% loan that came out of my pay for a few months
 

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haha more than likely.

Evans Cycles are in Leeds as well, I wonder why I thought they had gone bust!

I just viewed the whole thing as a 0% loan that came out of my pay for a few months
Thats exactly how I saw it.

What I've not added to the blog post is that the people running the schemes 'demanded' a 10% invoice discount (their 'profit' for running the schemes). The big players (halfords/etc) could absorb it easily but smaller shops did struggle. Not sure they still want their 10% so didn't want to add it.
 
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Evans Cycles is all over London.

The cap is still in in place if the company doesn't have FCA approval for bike hire (I'm not sure how many will do) but they will soon get it when they realise that people cycling to work will want to spend £££££.

I'm considering an electric bike - I was thinking of getting a moped but an electric bike might actually make my life easier. Just not cheaper! :D

It has been a few years since I did CTW but I was able to use any bike shop that was part of the CycleScheme group (or whatever it was called).

I presume this will get cancelled as a benefit in the next few years as the Government realise people commuting via bike aren't really spending £5k on a commuter bike, but their triathlon times have massively improved! :D
I use an electric bike for commuting. When the weather is decent anyway. It was the fastest way into work when I used to live in SE London, without a doubt. Costs pennies to charge.

I built my own, which was not as daunting as it sounds. Total cost was around £800. But you couldn't do that if you wanted to use the ride to work scheme. Be aware that to be within the law the e-bikes bikes are limited to 250W and 15mph, so they are not really supposed to be an alternative to a moped.
 

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I use an electric bike for commuting. When the weather is decent anyway. It was the fastest way into work when I used to live in SE London, without a doubt. Costs pennies to charge.

I built my own, which was not as daunting as it sounds. Total cost was around £800. But you couldn't do that if you wanted to use the ride to work scheme. Be aware that to be within the law the e-bikes bikes are limited to 250W and 15mph, so they are not really supposed to be an alternative to a moped.
I live in south london and work in Farringdon so its a short journey as the crow-flies, almost straight up!

I've seen some great looking electric bikes and part of me just fancies one, because why not! I did look at an electric scooter but £400 for one of those which are certainly not legal vs £1000+ for a bike that will be, its a hard decision to make.

Then you add £2000 for an actual moped which will handle rain a little better, then the decision is even harder.

I know a few people who got cheap electric kits from China and it has completely changed their commute. They added to their existing bike, reduced their commuting time by half AND they arrive not knackered or sweaty. For them it just meant that the hills were like flats - no slow down.

The reason an electric scooter is appealing is that I have a 10-15 minute bus journey to the tube station in the mornings followed by a 15 minute walk the other side. I could do these in 15 minute total (I reckon) on an electric scooter.

I just worry I'll use it for 3 months of the year but the rest of the time the weather wont be suitable.
 

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I live in south london and work in Farringdon so its a short journey as the crow-flies, almost straight up!

I've seen some great looking electric bikes and part of me just fancies one, because why not! I did look at an electric scooter but £400 for one of those which are certainly not legal vs £1000+ for a bike that will be, its a hard decision to make.

Then you add £2000 for an actual moped which will handle rain a little better, then the decision is even harder.

I know a few people who got cheap electric kits from China and it has completely changed their commute. They added to their existing bike, reduced their commuting time by half AND they arrive not knackered or sweaty. For them it just meant that the hills were like flats - no slow down.

The reason an electric scooter is appealing is that I have a 10-15 minute bus journey to the tube station in the mornings followed by a 15 minute walk the other side. I could do these in 15 minute total (I reckon) on an electric scooter.

I just worry I'll use it for 3 months of the year but the rest of the time the weather wont be suitable.
You'll need somewhere safe to keep it at work too, I wouldn't want to leave a shiny new bike locked to one of those bike hoops you see in London. It is the weather that spoils the fun. You just have to buy some good waterproof clothes and put up with it.
 

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You'll need somewhere safe to keep it at work too, I wouldn't want to leave a shiny new bike locked to one of those bike hoops you see in London. It is the weather that spoils the fun. You just have to buy some good waterproof clothes and put up with it.
We have secure bike parking at the office.

Which is nice.
 

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