- Furthest you have travelled to buy a bike?
Being a fan of Trek Bikes (apologies for the foul language 😳 ), I’ve always had to pick up bikes I’ve bought.
Furthest – 550mile round trip to Wheelies in South Wales – for certain reasons had to pick up and turn around and come straight back not chance to test in the local vicinity.Posted 4 years agoavdave2Member
While on a camping holiday from Brighton I managed to slowly edge us towards Bristol so I could get a look and probably buy an Overbury’s Pioneer. My friends finally relented and we turned up to find the shop was closed on Wednesdays. My friends haven’t stopped laughing about it to this day and that was 1987. I ended up going to Roberts instead and getting a custom built White Spider built.Posted 4 years ago
Just for an update. After a bit of negotiating, it looks like we are going to meet up half way on Saturday.
A few of us down here in Worthing could check it for you, might know the seller! That’s a long way for a bike, I’ve driven further for rare VW parts though..
I have faith in the bike/seller…mostly just being over-cautious. Thanks for the offer, though.
Ironically I’m contemplating driving from Sheffield to Peterborough for a 1980s road bike.
I thought I was the only person in P’boro with a bike? 😡Posted 4 years ago
But did you get the boik? And Jamie, you know you’re not the only one round ‘ere with a boik. Tsssk.
If it helps, I drove to Bridgwater from Pbog for a tandem, Pbog to Choke on Stench for another tandem and Pbog to Ludlow for my road bike so….lots of driving 🙂
<edit> oh cx bike you say? I have one of those for sale, just £650. Top end stuff and everything you know…. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
Just winding you up. Calm down dear.
I know, I know. I use that emoticon for mock anger.
Anyway, it’s a Boardman CX. Just built it back up this morning, but wondering if I should pop to a LBS tomorrow to get the stem torqued up properly*. As it’s the first time I have had a carbon steerer, so my ham fisted tightening efforts may not be appreciated.
*I ain’t got a torque wrench.Posted 4 years ago
Ritchey do a little torque key that clicks at that
Hmm. Might pick one up….will probably still take the bike down there as well, just to give the once over.
BTW, who do you use locally?
For anything I cannot do, which is usually stuff that requires expensive tools/wheels, I use Terry Wrights.
…saying that, the when I just wanted a spoke replacing on a road wheel, I went to this guy:
Didn’t know until I got there, but turns out he is deaf and blind. Made a lovely job of it.Posted 4 years ago
If I can’t do it myself, I use Bristows. Been going there since they opened (1980).
My issues with Bristows, and it’s more my problem than theirs, is they are always booked up 2 weeks or so in advance. So if you need something doing in a couple of days, or want something quickly checked, then you’re out of luck.
For example, if I went down there tomorrow and asked them if they could check the Boardman’s headset/tighten stem with a torque sometime today, they would require me to book it in. Which is fair enough, but a pain to wait 1-2 weeks for a 5 min job.*
*Again, like I say, it’s not their fault for being busy, and I am aware if they did this all the time they wouldn’t get to the booked in jobs, but just means I have to go elsewhere. Which is a shame, as they are nearest to me.Posted 4 years agoRusty ShacklefordMember
200+ miles on the M6 last friday, setting off at rush hour…5 hours total including collection, so could have been much worse.
Immaculate (used twice) Cannondale Trail SL1 (to be Ms Shackleford’s first bike) paid around 1/2 the retail price so well worth the trip.Posted 4 years ago_tom_Member
It’s why I got a CX bike, Tom.
Similar terrain to you, i.e non, so I reckon a CX is ideal for road/gnar bridleway action.
I considered it but then thought it’d probably just be the worst of both worlds. Plus I’d rather just be riding faster on the roads next to the fields I’d be riding through. Northamptonshire bridleways are guff for riding.Posted 4 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
At Easter we met a chap near Bristol to pick up my lads Spesh Hardrock. We were down that way for the weekend anyway.
A chap off here drove a fair distance to pick up my Cougar road bike. Hope your enjoying it mate, as I really miss it. 🙁
Sold a memory foam mattress to a chap off here, who drove up from Bristol way. Met just off the M5, at a McDonald’s by the West Brom ground. We had a few strange looks…
Sold a Sofa once, for £60 on EBay. Chap sent a man-with-a-van chap up from Kent to Staffs to collect.Posted 4 years ago
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