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Postby Torvid » Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:39 pm

Yeah thats what i was thinking but who knows

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Postby bails87 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:27 am

I may have just reserved one of these at my local Halfords at the 10% off price of £810.

If I buy it (they've said they can keep it at that price for as long as I want, despite the offer ending) I'll be paying with vouhcers bought at 10% off. £729 ain't bad. Plus it means the winter tyres, new saddle etc are all covered by the savings.....I'm getting stuff for free, I'd be mad not to, right......right?

I'm demo-ing some other CXs at the weekend, and then the vouchers take a few days to come through, that's why I need to wait.
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Postby meanredspider » Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:36 am

Sounds like a great price
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Postby bails87 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:08 am

Yeah, I've got to say it's stuff like that that makes me like Halfords, (discounted vouchers available through British Cycling BTW) although they seem to have got rid of the staff who had more of a clue lately.

I went in the other week, asked if they could put some pedals on the CX on display (a large) so I can get an idea of size and the guy behind the counter says "Oo, I don't know if we've got any pedals for that, can't you just sit on it without the pedals?"

I pointed out that this might not be a good idea, so he started scrabbling around for pedals. "I don't know if we've got any for that, because it doesn't come supplied with pedals you see"

I asked if he could put some on from another bike "no because it doesn't come with pedals"

"....Yes, I know, but can you take some pedals off another display model to put on there for a few minutes so I can test the size?"

"But they won't fit"

"Yes they will"

"No, the thread's different, innit"

"No, it's the same"

"Oh.....is it" he said, with a face that looked like he couldn't be bothered, but had just been caught out in the lie that was going to save him 2 minutes work.

He then took some flats off a MTB and they (of course) fitted straight away, he didn't seem suprised by this, which didn't do much for his "they won't fit" argument.

So I sat on the bike. (I had brought my Ribble into the store with me). I pointed out that it was longer across the top than the Ribble (by a couple of CM), and the medium was the same as my 'large' Ribble. So the large B'man was too long, and a medium would fit me better.
"Right.....what's your inside leg measurement?"
"About 33 inches" On the long side for my height, long legs, short body.
"No, a large would be better for you then"
"Well it's not, it's longer than my large road bike which is comfortable. The medium is the same length across the top, and that's what's important, especially seeing as my body is relatively short compared to my legs"

"Oh, so you want an upright riding position then?"

:roll: ".........no......"

Before I spoke to him he was trying to persuade a guy looking at the top aero-ish Boardman road bike to buy a Carrera hybrid instead.
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Postby seataltea » Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:26 am

On the flipside of the last post, I called into a local store on Monday to see a CX. The very helpful female manager of the bike section said they were not stocked because they sold so few but a recent order meant they would have one in Wednesday for the customer and I could have a look before he collected it.

Work meant I couldn't get in until this morning and rang to discover he'd already taken it home. I was over the moon to hear her tell me that based on my enquiry they were going to get one as stock, in the size that would likely fit me, that I'd get first refusal and if it was no good they'd just put it out on the floor.

That sort of thought and customer service should be the norm, well done Halfords your little attention to detail has likely secured a sale.
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Postby bails87 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:32 am

I should point out they were excellent when I bought my Boardman MTB. I wouldn't write off all Halfords like some do, but treat them all as seperate stores, some excellent, some poor, like anything.
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Postby meanredspider » Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:33 am

My stored is managed by an idiot and staffed (mostly) by idiots. The bike is good though and it's worth the hassle in the short-term. That said, I won't darken Halfords door unless I have absolutely no other choice.
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Postby cookdn » Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:08 pm

I went into Leicester Abbey Road store yesterday to look at the Boardman CX. This was the only store in the East Midlands to actually have the bike in stock. I got the run-around with pedals, but to be fair the guy stated that he didn't work in the bike hut area normally, their bike guy was due in on a later shift.

The bike was as I expected, good specification but a medium was too big for me, I'm going to need the small which is only available on the website. Bummer is that the website 10% discount finished on Thursday night so the bike is now back to the normal £899 price. Has anybody tried haggling with Halfords with any success?

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Postby meanredspider » Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:23 pm

Have a search for a discount code - I think the NUS have one (try entering NUSSEP11 as NUSAUG11 worked for me in-store in Aug) - that gives the 10% you just missed.

Boardman sizing seems to been bigger than everyone else
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Postby cookdn » Sat Oct 01, 2011 14:39 pm

meanredspider wrote:Have a search for a discount code - I think the NUS have one (try entering NUSSEP11 as NUSAUG11 worked for me in-store in Aug) - that gives the 10% you just missed.


Thanks for that, NUSOCT11 worked a treat giving a 10% discount :-). I don''t feel too guilty, even though I don't have an NUS card I am officially a Liverpool University student doing a Masters.

The Halfords website screws-up the discount calculation when it gets to the point of confirming the order but I have spoken to customer services and they are going to amend the order value before they ship the bike and take the payment.

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Postby meanredspider » Sat Oct 01, 2011 15:22 pm

:oops: :oops: It's October! I know that too. It's my daughter's birthday today

Anyhow, glad it worked
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Postby bails87 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 15:11 pm

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...or anyone else. Do you know the width of the rims? And how that translates to a sensible tyre width, for slicks?
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Postby meanredspider » Sun Oct 02, 2011 16:02 pm

Nope - but I've fitted 25C Conti Gators and the seem absolutely fine.
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Postby bails87 » Sun Oct 09, 2011 16:02 pm

Picked mine up yesterday.

Rode 6 miles.

BB's knackered :evil:
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Postby cookdn » Sun Oct 09, 2011 16:14 pm

bails87 wrote:Picked mine up yesterday.

Rode 6 miles.

BB's knackered :evil:


Bummer, but apparently not uncommon with the Boardman BB30s due to inadequate lubrication at the factory. I had better get mine open and have a look. I've done a bit more than 6 miles but no more than 30 as I am stuck indoors supposedly studying :cry: .

Mine was bought online and arrived in the largest box I have seen completely built including wheels. I'm hoping that the technicians building the online orders are a bit more clued-up than the random spanner monkeys you can get in some of the stores. The pre-delivery check list includes a step to check the BB, but what that actually means in terms of work carried-out is anyone's guess.

Are you taking it back to be sorted by Halfords or is this now a trip to your LBS?

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Postby bails87 » Sun Oct 09, 2011 16:19 pm

Back to Halfords. At worst they'll be putting a new BB in and I'll have to grease it myself. I'm nor paying to mend something that's been ridden for half an hour!
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Postby -spider- » Sun Oct 09, 2011 18:46 pm

Main road bike is a Planet-X which is being put away for the winter and want to get a new winter commuter (I do the same route as Mean Red - although not as often now!) I was thinking of a Boardman but now have serious concerns. Might have to revise my thinking - any thoughts on how the Boardman compares to the Giant TCX?
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Postby bails87 » Sun Oct 09, 2011 18:54 pm

I'd guess people would say that the giant has a better frame, but the spec will be lower.

I should have checked mine before I rode it really. It started as a regular click once per crank revolution, and 5 minutes later it was CRAAAAAAAK CREEAAAAK CRAAAAAAK, embarrassingly loud every time I moved the cranks through 3-9 o clock on the drive side. Don't know if the bearing itself is dry, if its not in straight or if the BB /shell interface isn't right or greased.
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Postby skinnygav » Mon Oct 10, 2011 18:40 pm

I am thinking of buying a Boardman CX in the new year. Can anyone elaborate on what the issue is here? What has not been lubricated? Is it the BB Spindle?

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/w ... ets-29544/

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Postby meanredspider » Mon Oct 10, 2011 18:51 pm

It's simply grease in the bearings - or lack of it
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