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Whitwell Leisure Park, Bull Brigg Lane, Whitwell, Nr. Oakham, Rutland, LE15 8BL, UK, Rutland, Leicestershire, GB
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Free, tracked UK delivery on orders over £10

We offer free, tracked UK delivery on orders over £10, with delivery starting from £1.99 for orders below this value. We also have a selection of premium shipping options available including timed slots, Saturday delivery and DPD Pick-up

All of our bicycles are fully built by our experienced and certified mechanics prior to delivery; all you will need to do is turn the handlebars and fit some pedals.

Bicycles are shipped from a different warehouse to other items and so may arrive in advance of any other items you have ordered.

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90-Day UK Returns for all items

We want you to be 100% satisfied with your shopping experience at Rutland Cycling, so we offer a 90-day exchange or refund on any unused item (within the UK).

We've chosen to offer products at the very lowest prices, rather than provide a free returns service. If you do need to return an item, we provide printable postage labels and collection services at a small cost for all items - including bicycles.

See our full Returns policy.

30 Day Test Ride

All the convenience of buying online, without the risk
When you buy a new bike at full RRP from rutlandcycling.com, you can now benefit from the added reassurance of our Rutland 30-day test ride. Once your new bike arrives, you can ride it as your own for 30 days, and we're confident you'll love it! However, if it's not right for you, we'll exchange it for another model. (There's a nominal charge of £10 for us to collect your bike - just make sure you keep the box your bike arrived in.)

On which bikes is the 30-day test ride available?
The Rutland 30-day test ride is available on all full price, non-discounted bikes available for home delivery on rutlandcycling.com. It is not available on discounted or special offer bikes, click and collect bikes, bikes bought on finance, bikes bought through Cyclescheme, or bikes bought in store. This offer is only available on bikes delivered to mainland UK addresses.

How many times can I use the 30-day test ride?
We will allow up to two exchanges within this scheme.

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Finance your purchase

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At Rutland Cycling, we offer Finance on orders over £250, with 0% finance up to 36 months available on selected bikes, including some sale bikes. Visit the product page to see which finance products are available.

You can apply for Finance online or in store. To apply online, add your selected items to your basket, then checkout as normal. Select Finance as your payment method, fill in the application form, then complete your order.

See our Finance page for more information.

COVID-19: We're open!

As an essential retailer we're pleased to confirm that Rutland Cycling stores will remain open to support our customers during the November lockdown in England.

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Electric Bikes vs Regular Bikes

Why not hire an electric bike? From only £19.99

Hire an E-Bike

People always have so many questions about e-bikes! They ask us what exactly they are and how they work. And one of the most common questions we get asked is how they’re different from regular bikes.

For your convenience, we offer a free home delivery service when you order an e-bike online, or you can choose to click & collect your e-bike in store. So to help you understand which type of bike is right for you, we’ve compared electric bikes to regular bikes so you can see how and why they’re different, and which bits are really the same.


Provides info on battery level, range, speed, distance, trip distance and assistance modes. More advanced e-bikes offer additional features, including fitness tracking and sat nav/GPS.


You charge an e-bike battery by plugging it in, just like a mobile phone. Recharge time is approx. 3 hours. Get tips to make your battery last longer.


With an e-bike, you are in control of the motor. It will adjust assistance according to how hard you pedal, to deliver just the right amount of power.

Appearance and mechanics

The first thing you’ll notice about electric bikes is that they look a lot like normal bikes. There’s a common myth that e-bikes are like scooters, but they’re actually just bicycles with added electric motors.

Electric bikes have the same wheels, handlebars and body geometry as regular mechanical bikes. The mechanical elements also all function in the same way, including the pedals and brakes.

The only difference in appearance is the addition of the electrical drive system. This includes an electric motor, a battery and a display screen or controller. The battery powers the motor, which provides assistance as you pedal, helping to propel the bike forward. Read our post on how e-bikes work for more information on their electric system.

Maintenance and repairs

As we’ve noted, all the standard components of an e-bike are the same as a regular bike. This means that looking after the bike is pretty much the same too. This includes maintenance, servicing and repairs.

If anything goes wrong with parts like wheels or brakes, you can take an electric bike to the same repair shop as a regular bike and they will be able to fix it. And the cost of these repairs should be the same too.

The only time this changes is if something goes wrong with the electric components – then you will need an e-bike specialist to look at it. But faults with the electrical system are very rare, and it comes with a warranty.

Riding experience

Here’s the big question for most people! How does it feel to ride an e-bike? And how is it different from a regular bike? The short answer is that cycling on an e-bike is a lot like any other bike.

You get on and start pedalling, and then the electric motor kicks in. Usually the transition is so smooth you will hardly notice. An electric bike doesn’t change the act of cycling – it just makes it feel much easier to do. You’ll be riding along just gently moving the pedals around. Setting off from a standing start becomes a breeze. You can glide up hills without getting out of breath and tackle strong headwinds with ease.

You can also dial up or down the pedal assistance provided by the motor, changing the way the e-bike feels to ride. If you reduce the power, your legs do most of the work. If you set it to maximum power, you can cycle along with your legs essentially going through the pedalling motions and still move quickly and easily.


With all that electrical assistance, does it mean e-bikes are faster for getting around than regular bikes? That question depends on how fast you usually ride.

In line with EU regulation, the e-bike motor will help you get up to 25 kmh (15.5 mph). If you want to go faster than this, the motor will cut out and you’ll need pure pedal power from your own legs.

This means if you want to go very fast, the electric motor will not help you. For example, electric bikes provide no assistance in a race, which is one of the many reasons why riding an e-bike is not “cheating”.

But if you’re not racing, e-bikes might make your ride faster. This is because they make pedalling feel effortless so you don’t get tired as quickly. And they make it easier to maintain a constant speed and get back up to speed after stopping, which may cut down your journey time. But essentially, e-bikes are built for easy cycling, not breaking speed records.

Rules and regulations

Another common concern people have is that e-bikes are limited by rules and regulation. It’s true that, unlike regular bikes, electric bikes are considered to be motorised transport. This means they are subject to some government regulations around their speed and power limits. But that won’t affect you as a rider.

The only regulation you need to know is that you must be 14 years old or over to ride an electric bike. Otherwise, the rules for electric bikes are the same as regular bikes. You don’t need a licence to ride one, they don’t need to be registered and they don’t require vehicle tax or insurance. You can ride e-bikes on all cycle paths and anywhere else you can ride a normal bike.

Which is right for me?

Choosing between a regular bike and an electric bike should take into account a lot of factors. The most important question to ask yourself is what you want the bike for.

If you’re using it for commuting or travelling long distances, you might want an electric bike to make the journey easier. Similarly, if you’re not as young or fit as you used to be, or your local area is filled with steep hills, electric bikes make cycling feel much easier and less daunting. E-bikes are perfect for those rides where you don’t want to push and exhaust yourself.

However, if you’re looking for a bike you can get out during the summar months to cycle around the park, or you won’t be travelling very far, a regular bike may be fine for you. There’s also cost to consider – electric bikes are more expensive to buy than regular bikes.

In short, choosing the right bike for you is personal. Why not take the time to demo both regular and electric bikes and see which you prefer? We offer test rides at our e-bike centres so you can try out the bikes for yourself.

Thinking of buying an e-bike? Read our handy buying guide here.

Rutland Cycling is a credit broker and is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN 690345). Credit is provided by Hitachi Personal Finance, a trading style of Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under Financial Services Register no. 704348. Credit is subject to status and affordability. Term & Conditions apply. The register can be accessed through https://www.fca.org.uk