horizon wrote:Bike insurance doesn't actually exist. What you are offered is actually a sinking fund.
This is effectively what insurance is though - taking one-off risks and evening out their costs over time. You also take on a 'reverse' risk as well - the risk that you won't have to use insurance before you've paid for the bike over i.e. your bike is not stolen before you've paid the insurance company the cumulative amount equal to the bike's value. This reverse risk is negated if your bike is stolen within a few years of paying for insurance, in which case you've paid far less than the value of the bike and you get a brand new steed!
The other point to make is that bike insurance is not necessarily '10%' of the cost of your bike each year anyway. If they go on the household insurance then the relative increase (typically less than £100) is far less than 10% per year, especially when you're covering multiple bikes within the one policy.