Halfords aint that bad..

DavieB

MIA
Location
Glasgow
Went into Halfords on sunday to buy clipless pedals. The guy told me the ones he had were over priced. Said to buy from pedal power or online lol.

Not much of a salesman mind.
 

swee'pea99

Legendary Member
Halfords vary. Some are good, some aren't. Depends who's working there; depends what the manager's like.
 

MrRidley

Guest
Location
glasgow
DavieB said:
Went into Halfords on sunday to buy clipless pedals. The guy told me the ones he had were over priced. Said to buy from pedal power or online lol.

Not much of a salesman mind.

Get them from Chainreaction Cycles, cheaper and free delivery.
 

jimboalee

New Member
Location
Solihull
I went in last year and they had a Subway on display. The front mudguard was fixed to the rack mounts on the front forks.

I went in yesterday and they had a Sudway on display. The rear mudguard was so far forward that the bottom of it was less than two inches off the ground.

I went into the Honda dealer on the Stratford Road, Monkspath.

I noticed all the cars had their windscreen wiper arms stuck out at 90 degrees to the windscreen.
They looked like a bunch of Daleks.

;):laugh::ohmy::laugh:
 

Sheepy1209

Veteran
Location
Blackpool
I was in my local Halfords a few weeks ago, and there was a couple looking at buying a pair of Apollo bikes. The poor salesman was going through the motions but couldn't help pointing out how much better the equivalent Carrera was.

It was obvious to me he was trying to give good advice - but they just saw it as him trying to make more money out of them.

Sometimes their staff just can't win.
 

RyanW

The abominable Bikeman
Location
Ashford, Kent
agreed sheepy1209, some people try, and the slated for it.

I was mystery shopped when i worked in a PC shop by one of the magazines. There main headlines from the past 3 months had been about pressure selling in shops.

There criticism of my pitch "didnt talk about printers" My question to them during the pitch was "Do you need a new printer" they replied "no, we just bought one"

so as you said, no matter how hard you try, someone will always find fault.

I have personally never found a fault with halfords, or for that fact a bike my GF bought from argos.

They have all been reasonably made (i mean what can u expect for £80) , good advice and good service. Okay id admit, they didnt have what i wanted most the time, or what i was talking about (was after a presta valve extender) but polite, and honest "never heard of it, we dont sell it. Sorry try XYZ...."

I went into my LBS looking for some Shimano Pedals and got "why would you want them, they are crap, we only sell good pedals aka look, if you dont want them, i dont know "lol" go to halfords" at which point he picked his phone back up and carried on talking.
 

Moodyman

Guru
I find local bike shops quite snobbish. They're fine if you're at their level, but most people aren't and want honest advice.

When I wanted a better commuter to replace my mtb, I went to a few local shops. I wanted a comfortable year round commuter and made my requriements clear.

Yet, I found the shops repeatedly suggesting specialist bikes. "A thousand pound voucher, that won't get you much. You wanna be spending at least £1500. This machine is lean and very comfortable (pointing to some carbon fibre thoroughbred)".

In the end, I did my own research and found a bike that ticked every box. Guess who I sourced it from - Halfords!
 
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