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£927.98

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by MarkF, 24 Oct 2007.

  1. MarkF

    MarkF Guru

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    That's what I have to spend with a credit note from Halfords to replace my stolen bikes, whooohoo.:evil: I have no idea where this figure came from as I only reported less monies worth of stolen bikes.

    The credit note is for bikes and accessories, the bad news is that it is valued at RRP therefore I am intend to buy my lad a replacement bike from out of my own pocket, all the accessories also and blow the credit on one bike. Halfords will order me anything but it will be at RRP.

    I am after advice how to spend the whole caboodle, I've asked before but my budget has now increased and then some! To re-cap, I had a Dawes Discovery 201 for road and canal path riding and a Dawes MTB to pull my daughters tag-a-long. I'd like one bike to do both jobs, the towpaths can be rough and I'd like to think that I could do some short 3-5 day tours too. My biking was 60% road/40% trail and I'd expect it to increase to 70% road max so I still need some strength in a bike, road models are out, MTB's are not necessary. Any model advice will be gratefully received.:blush:

    BTW My bikes were stolen on the 6th of September, then I weighed approx 83kg, today I daren't look but last week I weighed in at 92kg.:biggrin:
     
  2. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    a voodoo limba might be good, very pretty bike.
     
  3. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    That's daft. Halfords will make whether they sell you something at full price, or one of the pretty good Subway 8s that they are currently doing at a good discount.
     
  4. MarkF

    MarkF Guru

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    It's not RRP on all things in-store, if something is on special offer then I can have it at the offer price. Everything else and any bike ordered in will be at RRP.:evil:
     
  5. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    Have a good look at the Carerra Subway 8 then. It's got hub gears and brakes, and is a very good bike. Flat bars, nearly-slick tyres. It's a great al-rounder. They're on the Halfords website.

    My wife has the Subway 1 and loves it.
     
  6. MarkF

    MarkF Guru

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Just had a look on the Halfords site and some googled reviews, it certainly looks a good bike for the price but but what will I spend the remaining £562.49 on?:evil:
     
  7. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    why are you buying a bike for your lad out of your own pocket rather than spending the voucher on it :evil:
     
  8. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Be a good citizen and donate the money to charity. :biggrin::evil:
     
  9. Regulator

    Regulator Egregious Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography


    Why do you have a credit note? If your bikes were insured through a normal insurer you should receive a cheque - not a credit note. Then its up to you where you spend it - not the insurer who, if they only allow you to spend at one supplier, are probably getting a kickback from that supplier.

    Quite frankly, I wouldn't bother buying anything from Halfords. They sell shite bikes and their service is crap as well.
     
  10. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    That's how it works with a lot of insurers unfortunately. Just be grateful they're not replacing electricals. It's common to be sent to Dixons.
     
  11. Regulator

    Regulator Egregious Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography

    Insurers can't insist that you buy from one particular dealer. They may try to, but it is contrary to the 'Unfair Contract Terms' legislation. There was an OFT case about this a few years ago.

    Send the credit note back to the insurers and ask for a cheque.
     
  12. MarkF

    MarkF Guru

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    The bikes in Halfords are shite, even if I find something for him on the net, Halfords will have to order it, he's waited long enough, I am going to take him around to some LBS's this weekend.

    In answer to the question of the credit note, my policy is like for like, they will replace with the same bikes or similar, I can argue the toss forever but they are under no obligation to give me a cheque.

    I went to Halfords yesterday, the staff were monosyllabic gits, totally clueless.

    Anyway, where's my recommendations from you learned people?:biggrin:
     
  13. starseven

    starseven Guest

    What about a Kaffenback as recently posted in the gallery?

    You can spec it how you please , Flat bar or drops it comes in on price and is uk built.

    Personally I like the biege, it certainly better than the usual over graphic'd stuff.

    Alternatives could be a tricross or such, but for the use described I would be looking to Planet X.
     
  14. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    If it has to be Halfords, their Boardman Urban Team got a glowing review (see the link) and seems to tick most of the boxes for £500. Dunno if you need mudguards or not, but that might be worth checking, as I can't see any in the pic accompanying the review. Should leave you money for a reduced Carrera roadie of some description too.

    Edit: My bad, it says it has mounts for rack and guards in the article.
     
  15. alfablue

    alfablue New Member

    Like for like does not mean you have to have a HAlfords credit note - it is just for their convenience (and probably profit), however I would say that not all Halfords bikes are shite - their Carrera and Boardman ranges are actually very good - what is shite is their no test-ride policy, and the very poor level of mechanical nouse applied when setting up (or not!) the bikes prior to sale - some Halfords have very good mechanics but that does seem to be the minority.

    If you don't want the voucher, refuse, object, complain, and ultimately send a recorded delivery letter saying you are taking them to the OFT and / or small claims court (and mean it).