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Crappy bikes offered as free prizes.

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by betty swollocks, 18 Jan 2008.

  1. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    My fitness club is offering a one size fits all 'Universal' Mountain Bike to any member who introduces a friend who subsequently signs up for a full year's membership.
    It's utter crap: I've seen it. With its brakes full on, I wheeled it round the display area. You couldn't pay me to accept it!
    Things that concern me:-
    it's unsafe and unreliable
    it will give any newcomer to cycling (and let's face it, only a newcomer would accept/choose such a prize) and give them such a terrible experience as to put them off cycling for life
    there is no first service or subsequent servicing being offered by the club
    this is clearly a scheme dreamed up by a person or people who clearly have no interest in bicycles or cycling. This is remiss at any time, but all the more so when being offered by a fitness club.

    i had a rant at the manager about it which got met with an uncomprehending stare. I then tried to make an analogy which he would understand. I tried to liken the bike to a car, but I couldn't think of a make or model horrible enough.
    Sigh.
     
  2. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Print him off a copy of this and get him to read it...

    http://www.southcoastbikes.co.uk/Articles.asp?article=NO_BSO
     
  3. OP
    OP
    betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    Thanks waffly: that's just the sort of ammo I need.
     
  4. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
  5. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Liked the article wafflycat, will save it maybe sometime use it to good affect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    That is a good article. Calmly argued.