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lotty3 23 Sep 17:29  

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I can get a large discount from the company I work for if I buy a bike from Halfords in addition to this I can still benefit from the bike to work scheme. Collective this would mean nearly fifty percent discount. On looking on the site the have a Carera which boasts a corbon frame and some good bits hanging from it. Its mark up is £1000. My mate explained that mountain bikers shy away from Halfords and the street cred for their own brand is poor. I suppose my question is why is this and should I chance buying this bike?

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jimwoo25 24 Sep 07:17  

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Hi Lotty,

I, like you, can get a discount on a bike from halfords through a scheme at my work. Only thing is, my discount is only 15%.

I went to my local store last weekend and had a look round, but aside from maybe the new range of Boardman bikes instore, i was very unimpressed.

One of my mates told me that halfords tend to buy in malaysian bikes (i think) for a cheap price. If you look at some of the welding points on these bikes, you will notice that they are pretty shoddily put together and are probably prone to breakage if you use them for downhill riding.

I guess if you get fifty percent off a well known brand, you should be laughing. I think halfords bikes tend to be a bit more expensive, but with that discount i would say go for a good brand that you know and can trust, Carera being one of them. My 15% wont get me too far so i am opting for other alternatives.

I think people are put off by the 'experts' in store as well as they tend to tell you duff info!

Cheers
Jim


dudley 24 Sep 08:55  

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the bike to worjk scheme with Halfords SHOULD allow you to have ANY bike you want, and Halfords HAVE to source it for you.
That is the way our scheme works.
With this, though, you will lose your Halfords discount, and just get the bike to work discount.

Halfords staff undergo the same level of rigorous training a hamster needs to run in its wheel, so take any 'advice' offered with a pinch of salt.

The Boardman range is good, so i'm told and have seen - i'm getting one.

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robbie 24 Sep 10:33  

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I just got my bike Claude Butler Levante through cycle scheme in work, it works out im getting the bike and accesories 35% cheaper. I was told that I was not allowed to order through Halfords and HAD to go to a local bike shop. Was this right?



dudley 24 Sep 14:46  

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the scheme is the same.

different Companies choose different ways of administering it.

they can administer it themselves, or pass it to a third party. Bigger companies tend to use a third party.

some schemes are Halfords / Evans based for national coverage, and some are specifically geared around the Local Bike Shop.


you, Sir, are one of the lucky ones!

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jim 25 Sep 16:04  

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Hi lotty "dont do it" cosider the options marin,spezialised,trek,giant,commencial,on one,kona,orange to name but a few and any 1 of these will be soooooo much better than a "carrera"also consider what usage you want the bike for,if it is to be used more off rd then you might want to consider rear sus however if its more on rd/towpath use you wont need rear sus as it will be a waste of money not 2 mention the fact that you would loose momentom so you also be wasting energy! ultimatly it is your choice your the 1 who has got ride it but please try others lol and happy pedalling


Russ Boy 26 Sep 00:28  

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Hello There,

Nothing wrong with a Carrera in my opinion.I have a Subway,and a Trek Road Bike,and i swear,there is no difference in speed,as the road bike doesn't absorb the imperfect road surface as well as a Hybrid,so you lose momentum on a road bike,but may be faster on sections where the road surface is near perfect (which can be rare in London).People can be very pious about bikes,frames etc,without being fully aware that a lot of bikes sold in chain stoes are manafactured to the same spec,or furthermore in the same place as branded bikes.It's weird,people appear to be as judgemental about which bike you ride,as which car you drive-self esteem i guess.

Russ.


darkstar 20 Sep 13:14  

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I agree Russ! I have 2 Carreras.an Axle LTD hybrid,which I have run for 18 months without any problems ,although I did upgrade the pedals.My other Carrera is a Virtuoso road bike which I have just bought and again I,m very impressed with,the only upgrade so far being fitting a pair of Gatorskin tyres for their excellent puncture resistance.Both bikes were very well set up by my local Bike Hut staff,although I have heard tales where some branches' mechanics are less than competent.
Cycling,like many other pastimes will have its 'snob community'.Personally I delight in telling them I don't give a stuff about their opinions of my bikes!
Nige


Delury 11 Dec 17:38  

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I have just carried out some repairs on my grandson mountain bike purchased for him last Chistmas brakes crank bearings gear change mechanism.
In my opinion as a retired engineer stay well away pay a bit more and go to a small guy.


The crank fault can't be corrected as its been cross threaded.


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