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Stuck with a bike?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Steelchap, 14 Jul 2017.

  1. Steelchap

    Steelchap Regular

    Just wondering peoples experiences with having bought a bike, deciding they don't like it or it's not right for them, and then being stuck with it. Do you just ride it anyway, adapt it, sell it, or engage it in voodoo ceremonies based around effigies of the lbs owner?

    I recently bought my first and last carbon road bike, and for various reasons couldn't ride it anymore. The lbs don't want to know, and theres a possibility I'll be stuck with it.
  2. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Why can't you ride it. Is it down to the bike or the rider?

    As for being stuck with it, you could sell it on(you'll never get what you paid for it though).
  3. OP

    Steelchap Regular

    The bike. I just think it's odd that you can't take a bike back easily. But you can pretty much anything else. And wondered what others have done
  4. Lozz360

    Lozz360 Well-Known Member

    Clearly you should sell it. What is the problem with it?
  5. Liz Su

    Liz Su Über Member

    You can take it back if you havent ridden it and if its within a few days at some places.
    I've bought a bike and not got on with it and sold it within a couple of weeks.You will get around 2/3 of the price you paid but people will try to get you down further. You wont be stuck with it so dont worry.
    Seems a strange question from a grown adult.
  6. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry non-contributing ex-member

    There's a legally determined list of why, and when, you can return goods. And what has to happen when you do. Consumer law applies to bikes just like everything else. Though ime bike shops, especially independent lbs's, like to play fast and loose with all manner if bs to try to get round their legal obligations. Many will offer over and above the legal minimum, though.

    So it all comes down to what's "wrong" with the bike.
  7. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    What's wrong with it?
    Some shops like Evans allow returns for up to a month for example IIRC
    This is why having a decent testride is always a v good idea to check it's the right bike

    Sounds like selling it is the only option if you really can't get on with it for whatever reason
  8. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    Ive done it a few times with motorcycles..
    Xjr1300 ..70 miles one week and i lost a grand..
    Z750 same,lost a grand after about 300 miles and a month.
    Hyabusa..nearly 1500 quid lost with that,i just couldn't make it handle "

    I bought the wrong first full suspension mtb..again lost a grand but i did use it for a year.
    If you dont like it you never will , take the hit and move on..if you can of course
  9. S-Express

    S-Express Guest

    What is actually wrong with the bike?
  10. Lozz360

    Lozz360 Well-Known Member

    Only applies if the goods are faulty. If the customer changes their mind, the shop has no obligation to accept return of the item. However, retailers may have T&Cs that allow you to return a bike that is not faulty. Decathlon for instance, accept returns on bikes for up to a year after purchase.
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  11. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry non-contributing ex-member

    Nope. Faulty, not as described, or unfit for purpose.
  12. Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    South Wales
    I was stuck with a bike that was too big for me for a while. I did still ride it a fair bit and I did eventually start to hate it, but I finally managed to sell it the other day.
  13. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    South coast, UK
    Try googling buyer's remorse?
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  14. S-Express

    S-Express Guest

    If only we knew what was wrong with the bike.....
  15. Disabledcyclist40

    Disabledcyclist40 Well-Known Member

    I wonder what's wrong with it...