Discussion in 'Cycling Archive' started by Tosspot, Jun 6, 2015.

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    Tosspot Guest

    Tosspot, Jun 6, 2015
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  2. It always was. That's how it started, and it never entirely gave it
    up, though it wasn't very good for a period. However, it was never
    as bad as the Lycroids made out, and its bicycles were more suitable
    for most people than the ones the latter favoured.

    Nick Maclaren.
    Nick Maclaren, Jun 7, 2015
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    Ian Smith Guest

    On Sun, 7 Jun 2015 10:40:40 +0100 (BST)
    Ha, lycroid. Another one for the bikey dictionary. ;-)

    Yes, Halfords seem to have improved their game somewhat. I walked in
    recently and (to my surprise) picked out the correct bottom bracket from
    a selection of 7 or 8 different sizes/types. A lot of parts are also
    stored 'through the back'; one reserves them for '1-hour pickup' from
    the website.
    Ian Smith, Jun 7, 2015
  4. I am one of the millions who has failed to get an invented word into
    common use - the closest I have come was to be one of the first
    dozen people to use an obvious coinage :)
    Yes. At their nadir, they were essentially limited to utility
    bicycles for people who didn't need to ride far, plus children's
    bicycles. And their parts reflected that.

    Nick Maclaren.
    Nick Maclaren, Jun 7, 2015
  5. Nick Maclaren twisted the electrons to say:
    Really? You must have been going to a very different type of Halfords to
    the ones I remember! Which had stock that ranged from the truly BSO[1] (or
    should I say "Mountain Bike Shaped Object"? to the almost vaguely decent

    [1] To be fair, I never saw Halfords selling anything *quite* so bad as
    places like (IIRC) JJB Sports - dual "suspension" MTB with a disc
    brake on the back wheel but not the front (and no mounting points for
    a disc on the fork either)!

    Very unlike the similar shops in Austria which had things like the
    ¤2500 KTM Alp Challenge 14-R (complete with Rohloff Hub and Thudbuster
    suspension seat post).
    Alistair Gunn, Jun 7, 2015
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    Rob Morley Guest

    I think their lowest point was the lull between 1970s "racers" and
    1990s "mountain bikes", after which they've gradually improved.
    Rob Morley, Jun 7, 2015
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    Peter Clinch Guest

    It seems to vary between branches. I tend not to use the Dundee one
    much, not because it's rubbish but because it's further away than an
    alternative that gives me a discount as a coach for a local JCC, but
    when I call by they seem to know their onions and have pretty reasonable
    stock (both in terms of breadth and height).
    It takes up a distinct large mezzanine floor, it isn't a couple of
    shelves at the back.

    It wouldn't at all surprise me if at least some were manned by clueless
    halfwits: take them as they are, like any other bike shop, but I'd buy
    from my local if they had what I wanted/needed.

    Peter Clinch, Jun 7, 2015
  8. That is precisely the period I was referring to!

    Nick Maclaren.
    Nick Maclaren, Jun 7, 2015
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    Sam Wilson Guest

    My 30-ish nephew was a part-time bike mechanic for Halfords for many
    years from his late teens. He certainly knows his stuff - he's a
    downhill mountain biker - and seems to have enjoyed working there. I'd
    have been more than glad to have my bike maintained by him.

    Sam Wilson, Jun 11, 2015
  10. I have a Carrera Subway 8 bought from Halfords, which I once took to
    be serviced there (it was a freebie). The back wheel is held on with a
    nut (not unreasonable given that it's a Nexus 8 hub gear), which when
    I got it back "ready to ride" was finger-tight at best.

    Now any mechanic can screw up, but (a) they should have checked it,
    and (b) I'd have appreciated a reaction from the manager other than
    "eh, it happens". That speaks to me of systemic problems.
    Roger Bell_West, Jun 11, 2015
  11. I'll raise you the behaviour of F.W. Evans in the 1970s, which was
    VASTLY worse than ANY story I have heard about Halfords. I shall
    spare you the details, but quite a lot of us were taken in by them,
    and were vitriolic, especially the way that they were recommended by
    organisations like the CTC.

    Even at its worst, Halfords was never as bad as some of the specialist
    bicycle shops, though it was slightly worse than than the average
    independent shop.

    Nick Maclaren.
    Nick Maclaren, Jun 12, 2015
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