While millions of Americans are riding their bikes these days, Markel American Insurance Company, a specialist in bicycle insurance, recognizes that many are confused about what specialized insurance covers. Here, Markel looks at five myths of bike insurance in order to keep you protected from “worst-case” scenarios.
Myth #1: My homeowner’s policy will cover me if my bike is stolen; I don’t need separate bicycle insurance
While it may be true that a homeowner’s policy could provide support for bicycle theft, some homeowners’ policies may have low coverage limits for things like sporting goods equipment. A low coverage limit combined with a high deductible means bicycle owners may be faced with the majority of the cost to replace their bikes. Having a separate bicycle insurance policy can ensure that no matter how high the value of a bike, it’s covered in times of crisis. And Markel Bicycle Insurance offers policy deductibles as low as $100.
It’s also possible that submitting a bicycle claim on a homeowner’s insurance policy may cause your homeowner’s rates to go up. With a separate policy, your homeowner’s rates won’t be impacted if you have a bicycle claim.
Myth #2: My homeowner’s insurance company wrote special coverage (sometimes referred to as an insurance rider) for the value of my bike, so I don’t need a stand-alone policy
Just because the special coverage is included in the policy doesn’t mean a stolen or damaged bike might not fall victim to the homeowner’s policy restrictions, like exclusions on coverage while competing or other limitations. Markel Bicycle Insurance includes coverage for spare parts & apparel, provides protection while racing, and much more. Policies are completely customizable and take into consideration just how expensive replacing a beloved bicycle can be. Also, bicycle insurance can offer 24-hour roadside assistance (including emergency transportation) for only $10/year — meaning that a broken chain or blowing your last tube won’t be the end of your next great adventure.
Myth #3: My bike lock is the best on the market, and I’m smart about where I store my bike — it won’t ever get stolen
Most bike locks do act as a theft deterrent, but sometimes even the most prepared cyclists can have a stroke of bad luck. According to the 2011 FBI Crime Statistics Report, a bicycle is reported stolen every 2.8 minutes. Expert thieves know high-value bikes and know how to make your bike disappear (even with the best bike lock on the market).
Markel’s bicycle insurance protection will cover a bicycle anywhere in the US and Canada, any time — whether it’s during transit or at the staging area of a race.
Myth #4: Bicycle insurance is expensive
With Markel’s bicycle insurance policies starting at just $100, it’s easy to see that bicycle insurance doesn’t need to be expensive. Markel’s average policy costs between $250 and $300 per year, which is a small price to pay for those who have bicycles worth thousands of dollars. USA Cycling, USA Triathlon and International Mountain Bicycling Association members benefit from an additional 10% discount off of their annual premium.
Myth #5: Only professional cyclists need insurance.
Sure, professional cyclists need insurance. But so do amateur cyclists, triathletes and anyone else who loves their bike! Markel’s bicycle insurance helps provide protection against liability, damage or loss — on anything from a racing bicycle to a classic cruiser. Markel’s insurance plans apply to the insured bicycle in all 50 states (and while riding in Canada) and even protect your bike during air/land transit (perfect for the next cycle tour). So professional, aspiring or casual cyclists can rest easy knowing that they are protected — whether for a hobby or a way of life, Markel’s bicycle insurance will make sure that it’s not a headache.
“When we ask our cyclists how much they have invested in their bike, they are often surprised with their answer — and just how much they’ve put into it,” says Kerri Nguyen, Marketing Director for Markel. “Many don’t realize just how much loss they may be faced with if their bike is stolen or wrecked. Our plans make it easy for cyclists to get the coverage that they need at an affordable price, and without jeopardizing their homeowners’ policies.”