Must share my Halfrauds experience of today ….
Went in looking for wiper blades for the missus' and daughter's car. Asked the nice lad there with a 'Purali'(or something) badge on:-
'Have you got any Bosch wiper blades for a Kia Carens'
'Dunno. Let's have a look on the computer'
Nice stroll to the other end of the shop, cleverly avoiding the printed cross reference list 15 inches away.
'Now, what was the car again?'
'Ford Kia, yeah?'
'No, it's a Kia Carens'
'Err how do you spell that?'
'Is that with a 'K'
'Kia is with a K, Carens is with a C'
'Nah, its not listed – we might have some Bosch though'
(Biting lip as I speak) 'OK, We'll have a look then'. Found it but instead of leaving quickly, I thought I'd risk a quick visit into Bikeshed.
'Hi there, would you happen to sell any tread stopping compound?'
'Errr, no, not any more'
'Ah, when did you stop selling it'
'So, you do know what it is then?'
'It's stuff that you put into the tread of a bike tyre to plug the cut'
'Well, I've got Slime'
'Oh, does that go into he cut in the tyre; I thought that was for tubes'
'Yeah, but the tube goes inside the tyre, dunnit?'
My fault – I went there!!Posted 8 years agofrank4shortMember
Went into one of their shops in Dublin looking for wipers & high intensity headlamps for my focus. Came out as being €62 for the lot. Thought it seemed a bit expensive. So decided to go to a local motor factors favoured by backstreet garages all over dublin. Bosch wipers & osram high intensity bulbs came to €35. That's nearly half of the price of the halfrauds. Given the choice I ain't never buying anything else in there ever unless i have to.Posted 8 years ago
Tread stopping compound, or treadstop, is (well, or probably was :oops:) a mastic made to plug the large cuts in tyres (usually tubs and expensive slicks).
So, what does everyone use now, as Superglue lasts until the first splash of water.
any more you want to admit too?
Well, I once owned a Maestro that would have eaten your car, but that's another story!Posted 8 years agobassspineMember
Early in WW2, a rat knawed through the wooden floor of the shed, right under my mothers front tyre, it then chewed the tread off the tyre. It was very difficult to get new tyres and as the cords were OK, my father stopped it with tread stopper. the tyre lasted for several years. Whether you are mending a puncture or stopping up the tread you have to be very meticulous in the preparation.
trust the CTC to knowPosted 8 years agoWTFMember
Went to Halfords to buy grease for wheel bearings as I was changing them on my car and there are two types of grease so I read the labels to see which was which but it didnt help me decide.Posted 8 years ago
So I ask for help. 😥
Guy walks over and I ask which is correct for wheel bearings ?
I explained that I have read the containers and they shed no light as to which one.
He then proceeds to spend the next 5 minutes reading them himself to then pronounce he hadn`t a clue ?
The last remaining hope for Britains tight as a nats chuff cyclists was dashed last night, as news came by telegram that the convoy transporting Tread Stopper was sunk in the Bay of Biscay. Made from latex found only in the high mountain plateaus of Burma, the compound has allowed Britains riders to laugh at the dastardly Hun, while allowing riders to progress through the rubble strewn streets of the Blitz. Adolf has won this round, but we will prevail.
Winston Churchill, collected speeches, pub.1946.Posted 8 years agopolarisandyMember
Ah c'mon, Halfords aint's that bad.
Some of the local bikehut fellas, the ones that ride bikes rather than drive saxos are sound.
Guess it depends on the local staff.
It's ok for some things, rubbish for others.
but "tread stopping compound", you're kidding right…Posted 8 years agozaskarMember
On Sunday, I saw a customer and his son making fun and shouting at a kid for not knowing a pipe from hydro.clutch (main dealer or engineering part not kept in stock).
I move the lad and tell the customer I'll have look on the system…I'm typing away:
Sorry sir not in stock but I could order it in for you? with the kid behind my shoulder sniggering at the screen…
Some of us know what we're doing, Uni students doing technical degrees but I have noticed the lazyness is crazy.
It's the easiest part-time student job with some idiots working there full time.
A bike legend on 20K a year was pushed out to cut costs-thats why you're getting shoddy service.
(I work on all the sections as a student and I know my stuff and not afraid to ask collegues or go out of my way but not everyone does! for me it makes the day go quick before coming home to study chemistry and teaching.)Posted 8 years ago
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