BikeVault: 21st century bicycle security

bike vault

BikeVault is 21st century bicycle security; an app-enabled Boris Bike-style docking system that allows you to set off for the shops without a heavy lock.

BikeVault offers vastly superior security to portable locks. Once you’ve downloaded the free app to locate your nearest space, you nsert your bicycle between two towers and scan your free BikeVault membership card, which identifies you and engages the locking sequence.


One day all bicycle security will be this easy.

Once your bike is in place, manual controls guide the locking bar between the frame and rear wheel. If the locking bar encounters spokes, it stops automatically until the path is clear.

The security bar is four-and-a-half times stronger than the most robust D-locks. Find out more at

Does BikeVault do away with the need for cycle insurance?

As cycle locks have improved over the years, bike thieves have taken to stealing components. Make certain your cycle insurance applies to theft of components and that a high excess doesn’t render the cover useless. ETA cycle insurance covers components as standard including quick release components such as wheels and with a low excess of 5 per cent.

On the face of it, one cycle insurance policy is much like another, but the devil is the detail. How much excess you will be charged is just one of the things that varies wildly between providers. Another is so called ‘new-for-old’ replacement – many insurers use this term, but if your bicycle is more than a few years old, devalue it severely. This means you are left out of pocket when you come to replace it. Read our insider guide to cycle insurance.

Furthermore, every cycle insurance policy you buy from us helps support the work of the ETA Trust, our charity campaigning for a cleaner, safer transport future.

ETA cycle insurance has a low standard excess of 5% (minimum £25) and offers a new-for-old for life – however old the bike, if it’s stolen you get enough to buy a new model.

ETA 25 yearsFor 25 years we have been providing straightforward, affordable bicycle insurance. Whether you use your bike to commute, shop, race or amble in the park, ETA Cycle Insurance has you covered. We never devalue bikes no matter their age, allow you to buy your replacement bike wherever you like, replace stolen quick release components and handle claims in-house.

The Good Shopping Guide voted us Britain’s most ethical insurance company 2015.


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