Author Topic: Halfrauds again  (Read 14431 times)


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Re: Halfrauds again
« Reply #50 on: August 09, 2018, 01:36:58 pm »
Some thee decades ago, I spent a good hour tuning up a basic 3-speed I bought as a station and pizza bike.

Seemed fine thereafter but really needed the attention I gave it.

Many punters would not have had the skills to do this work, which should really have been done by the shop.

Re: Halfrauds again
« Reply #51 on: August 09, 2018, 08:00:12 pm »
I nearly bought a bike from them once. I insisted that if I did they sell it to me boxed. I thought that I was likely to spend that much time correcting stuff after their efforts that I'd much rather do it once, do it myself and do it properly.

I didn't buy the bike in the end, so didn't get to test if they would have given it to me boxed.


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Re: Halfrauds again
« Reply #52 on: August 09, 2018, 08:42:56 pm »
They're quite happy to sell you a boxed bike. On line or in store.


Well that's the more blunt way of putting it but as usual he's dead right.

Re: Halfrauds again
« Reply #53 on: August 11, 2018, 10:47:53 pm »
My Boardman Team Carbon was fine, although I changed the wheels and a few other bits before riding it.  I don't think the shop staff have to do much to the Boardmans except turn the bars, add air to the tyres, and offer you a pair of the cheapest plastic flat pedals known to lawyers.
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Re: Halfrauds again
« Reply #54 on: August 11, 2018, 11:05:12 pm »
It's certainly not unique to Halfords,  a friend got a discounted Dawes from a well respected touring bike specialist with a good reputation for wheels, but I doubt his bike had been out of the box in the UK.  Needed a fair bit of fettling just to be rideable.
That's just the way it is, if we buy at the cheapest possible price it doesn't leave the retailer much budget for TLC.  A local bike shop, located on an industrial estate rather than the High St, seems to be doing well out of building bikes people have bought in a box, looks like everyone's a winner.
Halfords have become my components supplier of choice, they'll price match, then give a 10% discount for CUK or BC membership (But not both though it was worth trying) and I can order online and pick up next day, better than getting carded.