Deliveroo vs Uber Eats for Cyclists

Deliveroo vs Uber Eats. The ultimate battle. Which has better pay? better conditions? better shifts? Read this article to find out which company to sign up for.

Deliveroo vs Uber Eats

This really depends on the area you’re working in. If you’re in a really quiet area then Deliveroo is definitely the go to because of their pay per hour scheme. This means that even if you get no orders during a shift (which has happened to me loads of times), you’ll still be getting paid.

However, if you’re area is super busy or you’re working at peak times, then the Uber eats pay per drop fee will see you earning a lot more. Deliveroo also does a pay per drop in some areas, but it is less than Uber’s fee (£3.75 compared to £5), and Uber also offers a minimum hourly pay in some time slots (between £10-18 per hour). However, there is no tipping system through Uber, and although tips are rare, I have had £10 in tips from a 3-hour evening shift with Deliveroo. 👌

Deliveroo vs Uber Eats

The startup fee is also lower for Uber cyclists. Uber charges £30 for their delivery bag (which is the only requirement for working), whereas Deliveroo now charges you £100 for the box, jacket and thermal bag (all of which are requirements for working).

At the moment I think that Uber is only available in London and surrounding areas, which does limit it as an option to riders, but it should be expanding to other areas in the country.

Support wise, I personally think Uber is better. The email support is much quicker (I would say only a third of my emails to Deliveroo even get a reply), but Deliveroo does have a well-delivered phone support.

The app experience is better for Deliveroo. The Uber directions can often lead you to the completely wrong location. Furthermore, Uber does not see the difference between cyclists and moped couriers, and so I have been directed onto a dual carriageway before during a delivery for Uber Eats.

So far Uber sounds like the best, but the problem is you have to have the orders coming in the first place to make the most out of it as a rider. Even though Uber might pay more per drop, you will probably get fewer drops per hour on average than Deliveroo. This means that you’ll actually have a higher hourly rate working for Deliveroo. This might change as Uber Eats gets more popular, but currently, it leaves the choice between the two companies as a very hard one for future couriers.

Deliveroo vs Uber Eats
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How to Pass a Deliveroo Interview for Riders

After you have scheduled a Deliveroo interview, Deliveroo will send you a message with the details of everything you need to bring for the interview. This includes a passport, ID, smartphone, kit (if you want to use your own) and a credit card (if you want to buy the kit).

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The Deliveroo Interview

They call it an “interview” but it’s really not. All they do is check your documents and talk you through the app. I don’t think it’s actually possible to fail it. You also need to order all of the gear from them (for a ridiculous price) and then you can get on the road and start earning money!

The office where you have an interview is usually really hard to find. For mine, I had to walk through an estate agents office and then down some stairs to the basement. In the basement were loads of computers and deliveroo boxes stacked high around the desks.

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The whole process takes about an hour or so. You start by showing your passport and then they send you a link to download the app and sign up. You also need to choose the are you would like to work in. They’re pretty sneaky about this because when you sign up they make it seem like you can work anywhere you like, but a lot of the places are already full. I wasn’t able to work in my neighborhood and so I had to sign up for the next door one which was a bit of a pain. You also get to select the shifts you want to do. I would recommend selecting every single shift at first and then just missing the ones you can’t do. It’s so much easier to get rid of shifts than it is to get new ones, and Deliveroo is super chill about you not turning up to shifts every now and again. You’ll then have to sign are few forms (all done on your phone) and buy the equipment. Make sure you ask for lights and a helmet as well because they give those out for free!

Have fun!

How to get £50 bonus when you sign up for Deliveroo

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👉Sign up here: deliveroo.com/free50signup

It’s exactly the same as the normal signup process except this way you’re making an extra £50! This works for Cyclists, Motorbike/Mopeds and Car drivers 🤑

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What Bike Should You Get for Deliveroo

The type of bike which you should get is very dependent on your cycling skill, the terrain and also your budget. Below I’ll go through every different type of bike and its good and bad aspects for a deliveroo cyclist.

Road Bike: the classic drop down handlebar boi. A serious road bike will shoot you between restaurant and customer in a matter of seconds, increasing your delivery rate and so your earnings. Must be the obvious choice…or not. Road bikes are notoriously expensive, which draws a line through this option for most people, but they’re also very susceptible to being stolen. When working for Deliveroo you’re always having to leave your bike outside restaurants and houses while you deal with an order. The chances of your shiny new road bike still being there when you come back out is pretty slim. Yes, you can lock it, but you’ll quickly find out that there are pretty much no places to lock up bikes outside restaurants. Also, all that time you made by cycling quickly will be taken away while looking for a place to lock up. The road bike is great for speed, but the drop down handlebars make it pretty difficult for handling when weaving between traffic in the city. Also, your back will be absolutely screwed at the end of an evening shift.

My recommendation: Mizani Men’s Swift 500 Road Bike 

Fixie: Yes I know they look sick. They’re like the minimalist perfection of bikes; everything stripped away apart from the essentials. Just a pure charging machine. The lack of components also means there are fewer things to break. But…when you’re nearing the end of an evening shift and you’ve got one fat mother of god hill in front of you, you’ll be wishing you had some gears. Fixes are cheap, reliable and quick, which makes them probably the most popular courier bikes. But, just think about your legs.

My recommendation: Critical Cycles Fixie

Hybrid/city: Comfortable, fast and reliable. You want a bike which just works. A hybrid will take you easily through traffic with the flat handlebars, but also give you some nice speed on the flats. They also look pretty average, which is a good thing. You won’t give it a second thought leaving one of these outside a restaurant. I mean really who in their right mind is going steal a fucking hybrid bike.

My recommendation: Falcon Monza Hybrid

Mountain bike: If it’s your only option or you’re doing deliveroo in Fort William, then yeah sure go for it. But in a city, the weight, tyres and suspension are just going to kill any weeny bit of speed you’ve got.

My recommendation: BEIOU® Hardtail Mountain Bike

BMX: wtf no.

Conclusion: In my opinion, you want to get yourself a second-hand hybrid bike. Make sure it’s like a road bike (slick tires and light frame) but has flat handlebars for the control. Gumtree is a goldmine for bikes and you can find a great one for less than £100 (I got mine for £30). To be honest though just start on the bike you already own and it’ll do just fine. But, if you don’t have a bike then this will be your best bet.

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