Bikmo, the specialist cycling insurer, has lifted the lid on its claims data for 2022.
The world of insurance is not known for transparency, and Bikmo is looking to change that, sharing anonymised data normally hidden from view.
Looking at all of the insurance claims from riders in 2022, Bikmo has identified a number of underlying themes over the last five years and predicted what the key insurance trends for 2023 will be.
Despite a 22% drop in total bike sales in the UK following the Covid-19 boom, the volume of claims processed by Bikmo increased by over 25%.
Home vs Away
Bikmo saw a rising trend in claims being made for bikes at home over the last three years, with claims representing 10% of the total in 2019 and rising to 24% in 2021. The proportion of claims from the home decreased slightly to 23% in 2022.
Bikes are still more at risk when away from home, according to the data and based on previous years, Bikmo aren’t surprised to see the slight decrease to “at home” claims, especially with home burglary statistics continuing to decrease.
Types of Claim
Theft claims made up 57% of all claims in 2022, an increase of 4% from the previous year.
Accidental damage claims remained high and is a significant reason why cycle insurance remains important to riders.
As was the case in 2021, more than 50% of Bikmo’s claim payouts continue to be for bikes and gear under £500 in 2022.
More than 30% of claims were also for bikes and gear over £1,000, meaning Bikmo continues to protect vastly different categories of cyclists.
Items replaced during claims
What are riders claiming for? It’s not just bikes covered by Bikmo insurance. Almost 40% of claims in 2022 were for components, clothing, and accessories rather than the full bike.
This split of claim items continues to follow the trend of previous years, almost tracking identically to 2020 and 2021 Open Project data.
Claims split between cycling disciplines
For the first time since Bikmo started collecting Open Project data, most claims did not come from road cycling. Road cycling made up 34% of claims (50% in 2021), with Commuting now making up nearly half of claims with 48% (33% in 2021).
Also, when factoring in the increase in claims for e-bikes from 10% to 16% of all claims, and that 74% of those were for E-commuter bikes, it explains the change in the majority discipline.
As with previous years, Bikmo generally saw fewer claims at the beginning of the year.
As the year progressed into spring and then summer, and the cycling season started, Bikmo had a steady increase in claims through to October 2022.
Commenting on Bikmo’s Open Project data for 2022, CEO David George said: “2022 has been another unprecedented year. Whilst still facing the challenges of Covid at the beginning of the year, a cost of living crisis and the fall in total bike sales, it is positive to see the continued positive changes in the way we travel, with people opting for two wheels and riders taking up new disciplines.
“Continuing our commitment to the principles of openness and transparency, we have again made available insights derived from our claims data for 2022. By doing so, we aim to share the emerging trends and make informed predictions about the future.”
George has also pulled together his predictions for the key industry trends in 2023 as the company looks to the future.
- “We’re certain insurance policies bought for E-bikes will exceed those bought for mechanical bikes in 2023 following continued strong growth in E-bike sales and E-bike owners being up to 3x more likely to insure their bike, according to Cycle Industries Europe data.
- “We expect a further increase in fraudulent claims in 2023 as the cost of living crisis continues and the average value of bikes continues to increase with the boom of E-bikes.
- “The adventure bike category will see an increase in claims as more people opt for trails over tarmac.
- “Finally, we will continue to see a boom in alternative ownership models in bike leasing and subscription as more employers and governments see the huge benefit of facilitating bike ownership and use for mental and physical health and environmental factors.”