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Decathlon launches bike rentals in all stores across the UK from £40 a day

What’s stopping you from getting on a bike? Decathlon’s new rental lineup features electric mountain bikes and folding bikes

The French sporting items retailer Decathlon has entered the rental market, offering electric mountain bikes (eMTBs), folding bikes, and cycling helmets, along with a host of other products like tennis rackets and kayaks, across all 47 of its stores in the UK.

Following a successful trial last year, Decathlon has announced that it is now rolling out its sports rental scheme, making it the first major retailer to launch rentals across all UK stores.

The company has committed products worth £1 million to the scheme, allowing people to try out a new sport without the financial commitment of having to invest in all the gear first.

Decathlon said that it “aims to make the joy of sports more accessible to people by allowing them to pick up something new at a fraction of the retail price”.

The rental programme offers the bikes for 24 hours and offers a 50 per cent off on the second day. The most widely available bike is Decathlon’s 27.5 inch Rockrider electric mountain bike E-ST 100, available to book from £45, which otherwise sells for £899.99.

Some of the stores also have the Rockrider E-ST 500 available to rent from £60, and the E-FOLD 500, available from £40.

> Decathlon’s Rockrider is a value hardtail e-MTB

We were, as you'd expect, naturally interested to know if Decathlon had got any road bikes too, and Dominic Stannard from Decathlon told road.cc that London's Surrey Quay store offers the electric hybrid Riverside 540E and the Elops 920E low frame electric city bike (both from £60). 

Stannard added: “Nationwide, every store has an electric mountain bike, but as the service grows we hope to be able to offer an even greater range across the country.”

The bicycles can be rented online with a pre-payment and collected in store an hour later — as well as cancelled up to 24 hours in advance if the weather changes.

For a comparison with other bike rental schemes, Green Park Bike Station (right next to road.cc Towers in Bath) offers Raleigh e-bikes for £45 per day, while Electric Bike Rentals in London has Volt Pulses and Kensigtons available to rent for £39 per day.

Brompton, on the other hand, has more than 70 docks across the UK and offers its folding bikes for rent for just £5 a day.

Decathlon Rental bikes

Decathlon Rental bikes

Sharon Poulter, rental leader at Decathlon UK, said: “Despite having the appetite to try sports, committing to the cost of buying gear is one of the biggest barriers to people taking up something new.

“The best part with rentals is, in addition to being able to open doors for everyone to try out new sports, you can do so without having to commit to one thing - one day you might want to go cycling, another day you might want to play racket sports, I really think we could be the change in how people get to be more active and how they’re able to access more activities and sports.”

> Review: Decathlon Riverside 540e

Last August, the French-headquartered company had trialled the scheme in a handful of stores in London, Southampton, Poole and Glasgow, with “pay-per-use” on the service which charged per 24 hours, rather than per hour.

It seems that buoyed by the success of it, the retailer is going full steam ahead with the scheme, rolling it out nationwide by partnering with Finnish commerce platform Rentle.

Rentle said through a LinkedIn post: “As the cost of living continues to impact sport and fitness participation across the UK, with new research from Decathlon finding that 28% of Brits are keen to take up a new sport, but the cost of doing so is holding them back.

“Decathlon Rentals aims to make the joy of sports more accessible to people while prolonging product lifespan and reducing consumption.”

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Poulter, who has been overseeing the trials since last year and now the rollout of the rental scheme as well, said that she doesn’t see renting having a negative impact on sales, but instead making it possible to set up renting commercially so that the two models can sit side-by-side and benefit from each other.

She also said that this move will help the brand become more visible with their products coming in constant use and helping people gain confidence with them.

Besides bicycles, Decathlon Rentals also have stand up paddles (from £30), inflatable kayaks (from £35), tennis rackets (from £10), along with life vests, dry bags, paddles, pumps. They are also renting cycling helmets from just £1, although we're not sure how many people will be willing to part with a quid for a used lid in summer!

Adwitiya joined road.cc in 2023 as a news writer after graduating with a masters in journalism from Cardiff University. His dissertation focused on active travel, which soon threw him into the deep end of covering everything related to the two-wheeled tool, and now cycling is as big a part of his life as guitars and football. He has previously covered local and national politics for Voice Wales, and also likes to writes about science, tech and the environment, if he can find the time. Living right next to the Taff trail in the Welsh capital, you can find him trying to tackle the brutal climbs in the valleys.

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Tom_77 | 10 months ago
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Had a look at the prices for renting eBikes localy:

£50 per day

£69 per day

£55 per day

The first 2 look to be fairly high-end bikes, the kind of thing that costs about £3K to buy.

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fenix | 10 months ago
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I've definitely hired brand new cars for less than that per day.
Maybe not in the last few years mind.

Seems a tad expensive but maybe I'm missing something.

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David9694 replied to fenix | 10 months ago
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The daily rate is prohibitive but it evens out at £105 for a week. 

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mattw | 10 months ago
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Those prices are at least 2x higher than they need to be, especially for a place getting the service from existing staff.

eg Prices from Derwent Cycle Hire on Ladybower in the Peak District are 19 for a full day for an adult bike, or 12 for educational groups.

OTOH it leaves lots of room for competition.

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Awavey replied to mattw | 10 months ago
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And so how much do they charge for an Ebike...? Well that will be £38 then.

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ktache | 10 months ago
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It would appear that someone has discovered what it takes to get comments removed, but not, it would appear, the full banhammer.

Has a lesson been learned?

I am appreciating the more proactive moderation of the past few weeks.

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Rich_cb replied to ktache | 10 months ago
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It still needs to be more proactive.

Lots of baiting still going on.

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Secret_squirrel | 10 months ago
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Those prices are insanity - except for Bromptons.

A quick check shows I can hire a Toyata Aygo for 1 day for £55 all in.  Something is FUBAR'd

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andystow replied to Secret_squirrel | 10 months ago
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Secret_squirrel wrote:

Those prices are insanity - except for Bromptons.

A quick check shows I can hire a Toyata Aygo for 1 day for £55 all in.  Something is FUBAR'd

But £40 is less than £55, and you get a superior vehicle.

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Rendel Harris replied to andystow | 10 months ago
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andystow wrote:
Secret_squirrel wrote:

Those prices are insanity - except for Bromptons.

A quick check shows I can hire a Toyata Aygo for 1 day for £55 all in.  Something is FUBAR'd

But £40 is less than £55, and you get a superior vehicle.

Can't argue with that but it does seem a bit excessive all the same to ask more than 5% of the purchase price of the bike as a rental fee, last time I rented a bike in France I paid less for a day on a £2800 BMC than Decathlon are asking for a £900 bike. Anyone wanting an electric bike in London would be better off taking out a 24 hour pass with Lime, which I believe is less than £20.

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Awavey replied to Secret_squirrel | 10 months ago
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for ebikes those are roughly the same daily prices as the place we hired some bikes from in Norfolk once. it was half the cost for a regular bike.

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