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E-bike Loan

Secure yourself an E-bike with an interest-free loan from the Energy Saving Trust.

You’ve read our Electric Bikes – Explained Blog (HERE) and you’ve decided that an electric bike is for you. You’ve even chosen the model which suits your needs best (all our in stock bikes HERE)

Now to pay for the thing..

There is a solution which won’t cost you anything more than the purchase price of the bike; there are no interest charges whatsoever.

The E-bike loan from the Energy Saving Trust is a cost effective way of funding an electric bike purchase. This is an interest-free loan for individuals, repayable over four years, that can be used for:

  • 2 x ebikes capped at £3,000 each
  • 1 x family cargo bike capped at £6,000
  • 1 x adapted cycle (value assessed on a case-by-case basis)

Applying is easy, you simply call Home Energy Scotland on freephone 0808 808 2282 and speak to one of their advisors who will guide you through the process (more info on the Energy Saving Trust website HERE)

We can provide you with a quote which you will need to submit as part of your application.

Here’s an example scenario:

Steven (not his real name) decides to buy an E-bike at £3000. He has £1000 to put down as a deposit. He obtains a quote from his friendly independent local bike shop and submits his application, which is successful!! He will now pay the balance of £2000 over 48 months, which is £41.67 per month.

Steven is now the happy owner of a brand new E-bike and hits the trails on his Cannondale Habit Neo 2 on a weekly basis

Be like Steven.

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Festive Opening Hours

When open during the festive period, we are still operating by appointment only.

Thank you to all our lovely customers, we hope you have a brilliant festive period and we’ll see you next year!

Love, The Billy Bilsland Cycles Team x

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E-Bikes: The non-biker perspective.

I may work for a bike shop, but an avid cyclist I am not..

I’m the kind of biker that needs to be dragged out on a ride, grumbling about somewhere I have to be, some imaginary appointment that I may miss if we are out for too long.

That all changed on Saturday after spending a few hours with a Ridgeback X2 e-bike, courtesy of Alec at the Ardrishaig bothy.

Instead of making excuses to avoid going out, I was coming up with reasons to take the bike out over the weekend. Nipping down the shop to get the morning rolls, going on a couple of rides with the kids, popping out to get another bottle of milk (wine).

“I’ll go!!”

The motor doesn’t propel the bike, it “assists” with pedal rotation. It’s a strange sensation, but quick to feel natural. On e-bikes, pedal assist usually comes in several levels of power. On the X2, it’s Eco, Standard and High, depending on how much assist you want, and if you need to conserve battery on a longer ride. I did briefly try the lower modes for comparison, but happily fired it up to high for the rest of our outing, leaving the kids in the dust, complaining about having cold fingers or something.

On the flat, you could easily have it on eco or standard, but if you are like me (lazy) you’ll want the bike to be doing most of the work, most of the time.

In all seriousness, I was blown away by how much fun it was. I hate hills and the ebike makes them fun. You can do as much or as little work as you want. If you are looking for more of a workout, turn the assist down or, if you are insane, off.

I had it cranked up to the max and loved it.

I’m all for something that encourages us to get out on the bikes and the e-bike certainly does that. Fresh air, exercise, tired and quiet children. What’s not to like.

There’s nowhere quite like Argyll ❤️

The Ardrishaig Bothy is a brilliant resource for Mid Argyll, lending bikes to encourage cycling and getting outdoors. Give Alec a shout if you are local and you’d like to try a bike – https://www.facebook.com/ArdrishaigBothy

Give us a shout at the Glasgow shop if you are thinking of buying an e-bike, or indeed any bike – https://www.facebook.com/billy.bilslandcycles / https://www.billybilslandcycles.co.uk

Tip for Ridgeback – Needs a drinks holder.

Tip for Parents – Remember to take gloves for the kids.

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Appointment Only

** APPOINTMENT ONLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE **

We are now appointment only until further notice. We’ve made this decision to ensure the safety of our staff and customers.

To arrange an appointment, please contact us via email (sales (at) billybilslandcycles.co.uk) or Facebook messenger and include as much detail as you can.

For repairs, please state make of bike and work required. For new bike sales, please state the type of bike you are looking for, your height and a rough budget. 

For all requests, some options on when you would be able to attend helps as well. 

Thanks for your understanding in this difficult time.