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You buy one bike and you get one free can mix and match ladies or mens.Two standard bikes for £99 or 2 deluxe bikes for £129. Delivery £20.
First posting for me so please be gentle, done a search and can't find it's been posted elsewhere, please expire if already posted. sorry don't know how to put a photo on but the image is on the home page of http://www.cyclesdirect.com
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#1
Cold for me

Sports Direct have similar deluxe bikes at £69.99 with free delivery on all orders over £50. If you calculate the bike and postage it comes to £1 cheaper from sports direct.
#2
I disagree...this is a hot deal...voted hot
#3
Hi - I am looking for a decent quality bike for her indoors for about £100

Are these ones any good? I know they will not be great quality at that price but are they the best under £100?
#4
Voted Hot , however whats the quality like on these ? anyone ordered from these people before ?
#5
voted hot :thumbsup:
#6
angelking
Cold for me

Sports Direct have similar deluxe bikes at £69.99 with free delivery on all orders over £50. If you calculate the bike and postage it comes to £1 cheaper from sports direct.

hmmm yourve lost me if you buy from sports direct £69.99 x2 =£139.98 but if you buy from cycles direct you pay £118.90 for two bikes that includes delivery... divide that by 2 =£59.45 per bike..... correct me if im wrong

il go for cycles direct i think :)
banned#7
phatbhoy
Hi - I am looking for a decent quality bike for her indoors for about £100

Are these ones any good? I know they will not be great quality at that price but are they the best under £100?


They are likely to be fairly basic at this price. Factor in the cost of mudguards if she is cycling to work and doesn't want a brown stripe up her backside all day, lights if being used in winter/dark, etc.
#8
phatbhoy
Hi - I am looking for a decent quality bike for her indoors for about £100

Are these ones any good? I know they will not be great quality at that price but are they the best under £100?


I'd save up or get a better one secondhand from ebay or gumtree. I got a cheapie a couple of years ago and it broke within 6 months and became [COLOR="Red"]dangerous[/COLOR], the cost of repairing would've been more than the value of the bike.

If she's only planning or realistically going to use it a few times a year then it'll be fine
banned#9
imthedaddy1971
hmmm yourve lost me if you buy from sports direct £69.99 x2 =£139.98 but if you buy from cycles direct you pay £118.90 for two bikes that includes delivery... divide that by 2 =£59.45 per bike..... correct me if im wrong

il go for cycles direct i think :)


Your are comparing the BASIC bike here with the DELUXE version from sports direct.
#10
I posted the deal as I thought you don't often get something worth £100 or more for free. I think it is great and you can rope the other half into exercising with you without extra cost, you could even sell the free bike if you have no use for it you would probably get a fair bit for it at this time of year.
#11
ron s london
I'd save up or get a better one secondhand from ebay or gumtree. I got a cheapie a couple of years ago and it broke within 6 months and became [COLOR="Red"]dangerous[/COLOR], the cost of repairing would've been more than the value of the bike.

If she's only planning or realistically going to use it a few times a year then it'll be fine


100% agree, 2nd hand bikes are normally really good value. You should be able to pick up something half decent which might have cost £300 new for around your budget.
#12
mabccc
Your are comparing the BASIC bike here with the DELUXE version from sports direct.

ah now ive got ya :-)
banned#13
jokier0921
I posted the deal as I thought you don't often get something worth £100 or more for free. I think it is great and you can rope the other half into exercising with you without extra cost, you could even sell the free bike if you have no use for it you would probably get a fair bit for it at this time of year.


You don't get this for free, and it is not worth over £100. You buy two for a price which is quite high for a non-branded bike. Also, resale values for non-branded bikes is not that high.
#14
The laptop offer seems ok as well. Not the best out there but good price.

http://cyclesdirect.com/laptopoffer.php
heated
#15
Not much to recommend about cheap bikes like these. They put more people off cycling than they attract because folk end up thinking bikes are slow, uncomfortable and break all the time.

Save some cash up and get a decent second hander or visit your local bike shop (Halfords is not a bike shop) for advice on getting the right size bike. No deal is any good if the product is the wrong size!
#16
Evilmonkey
100% agree, 2nd hand bikes are normally really good value. You should be able to pick up something half decent which might have cost £300 new for around your budget.

Bet there are more [COLOR="Red"]dangerous[/COLOR] second hand bikes than dangerous new ones.
#17
The bike brigade strike again....

Guys, a cheap bike is what it is - a cheap bike.

Not everyone wants to spend several hundred on a bike, or several hundred on a brake pad. Some people just want a really bog standard crappy bike, for very little money, that they can use a handful of times a year.

Nothing wrong with spending a lot of money on your bike, but please start remembering that not everyone wants to! Dont criticise a cheap fiesta because it isnt a porsche!
#18
i don't see the offer on the homepage
#19
cycle direct and sports direct are part of the same group
#20
MrShed
The bike brigade strike again....

Guys, a cheap bike is what it is - a cheap bike.

Not everyone wants to spend several hundred on a bike, or several hundred on a brake pad. Some people just want a really bog standard crappy bike, for very little money, that they can use a handful of times a year.

Nothing wrong with spending a lot of money on your bike, but please start remembering that not everyone wants to! Dont criticise a cheap fiesta because it isnt a porsche!


But a cheap Fiesta is still a capable car and will remain so for about the same time as the Porsche.

You just can't say the same about some of these Bike Shaped Objects which tend to be poorly set-up or not set-up at all having been sold partly assembled in a box with a dumbell spanner so that someone who's never touched a bike before can fumble it together without a clue about what's right and wrong, then take it out on the road.

Besford, agreed there are some iffy second-handers but cheapo bikes in boxes for home assembly terryify me, having had to put a few of them right over the years.
#21
An absolute shocker.

Didn't get it in time. But that's kl u get me
#22
Duggie_22
But a cheap Fiesta is still a capable car and will remain so for about the same time as the Porsche.

You just can't say the same about some of these Bike Shaped Objects


Yes I absolutely can.

They are bikes.

you may not like them, but they are, and they will do the job for many people.

If you are telling me that these bikes come without:
- 2 wheels
- A saddle
- A handlebar
- A chain
- Pedals
- Brakes

then I stand corrected. But for a lot of people, what I have listed there is ALL they are looking for in a bike!
#23
phatbhoy
Hi - I am looking for a decent quality bike for her indoors for about £100

Are these ones any good? I know they will not be great quality at that price but are they the best under £100?


No such thing as a decent quality bike for £100 I'm afraid.
Your best bet is spending around £200 or £180 if you are lucky for the bottom rung level of a major player (Giant, GT, Specialized etc)

Cheap bikes will make you not want to cycle.
#24
Nothing wrong with spending a lot of money on your bike, but please start remembering that not everyone wants to! Dont criticise a cheap fiesta because it isnt a porsche!


These bikes are rubbish, the Fiesta/Porsche comparison is so far wide of the mark it's funny.

A Fiesta is a good car and will do what it was purchased for effectively, these bikes won't.

A fair comparison would be these bikes are like a cheap Taiwanese copy/fake Ford Fiesta...a bit like those 99p 'fake' Rubik Cubes you could buy that fell apart when you twisted them.......absolutely useless.
#25
Seem to be a lot of 'arm's length' experts on here! I think all agree they are cheap; perhaps someone who buys one can tell us whether they are as bad as some of the frustrated Tour de France brigade claim or whether they are actually OK for 50 quid.

The warnings may well be appropriate but what we need is objective information!

At risk of causing an upset - I will observe that it seems the more expensive the bike the more dangerous the rider! A generalisation perhaps (just like the criticisms of this deal) but all too often true.
#26
The poor quality of these bikes is detailed every time one of these offers is posted...cheap pressed steel parts, very heavy steel frame, plastic cranks etc etc - just do a search.

frustrated Tour de France brigade
Tour De France is a road race using road bikes, not mountain bikes (or these imitation mountain bikes).

You can get a decent mtb from Halfords or from any mail order store in the magazines for £200 upwards, I'm still using a Carrera Gravity bought from Halfords 14 years ago.

I don't care what you spend you money on....buy one of these if you want.
#27
retrogeezer
The poor quality of these bikes is detailed every time one of these offers is posted...cheap pressed steel parts, very heavy steel frame, plastic cranks etc etc - just do a search.

Tour De France is a road race using road bikes, not mountain bikes (or these imitation mountain bikes).

You can get a decent mtb from Halfords or from any mail order store in the magazines for £200 upwards, I'm still using a Carrera Gravity bought from Halfords 14 years ago.

I don't care what you spend you money on....buy one of these if you want.

Thanks you for your permission to spend!

OK, so they have cheap 'bits' instead of expensive 'components' and 'groupsets'. We all know they will weigh a few grams more than a £1,000 bike. We don't expect leading edge engineering and precision build for 50 quid. But what exactly makes them 'dangerous'?

PS I do know what the Tour de France is. Perhaps a touch of irony is lost on 'cool' bikers?
#28
Irony? There was no irony in your post whatsoever...

Cool biker -me? Certainly not.

Are these dangerous? Buy one then come back and tell us 'experts' :whistling:

Oh, and here is a great bike at a good price. It might be 4 times the price but it will be 10 times the bike..

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/395290/kona-lana-i-mountain-bike-2008-219-/showthread.php?t=395290
#29
So what was the point of dragging up a six month old thread that had expired to argue the rights and wrongs of these bikes??
#30
I think the point is that these things are built down to a price, not costed up to a standard. As such it is the cheapest of everything.

This tends to result in a heavy frame with poor geometry and basic (quite low tension) wheels creating a dead ride feel that ends up putting people off riding that particular bike and creates a negative opinion on cycling in general. If it's been mail ordered without trying the bike out it's very likely to be the wrong size.

These effects are then compounded by the fact that the cheapest components have wide tolerances which makes set-up a less precise affair so, again, the buyer thinks bikes are rubbish because the gears chatter, the brakes squeal etc., etc. and that's assuming the thing ever gets set up by a competent person in the first place.

I'll confess to being the sort or person who has a fleet of bikes, the most recent being a carbon fibre road bike at a shade under £3k, because I can and do appreciate the differences. I do, however, recognise that there are people who want a simple workhorse with no need for the best of everything. I hope that some of you can recognise that there are inexpensive bikes and there are cheap bikes.
Inexpensive bikes can very much be viable modes of transport, should last well if maintained and be a pleasure to ride whereas cheap bikes are seldom more than toys dressed up to look like mountain bikes and the ride feel is as described in my second paragraph.

The thing is, the price difference between these is as little as £80. I'd guess some will say that's too much extra, but then they'll blow that much on Sky TV, fags and beer in less than a month.

The difference in quality and enjoyability between a decent inexpensive bike (such as a Giant Boulder or the Kona Lana'i listed elsewhere on here) and a mail order/Hellfrauds/Toys-R-Us bike-shaped-object far exceeds the price difference.
#31
souljacker
So what was the point of dragging up a six month old thread that had expired to argue the rights and wrongs of these bikes??


Good point....and I actually didn't notice it was from Nov 08 when I saw it earlier.

Duggie, you can explain the reasons they are rubbish until the cows come home but to some people they are cheap and therefore a 'bargain'

Good luck to them I say.
1 Like #32
retrogeezer
Good point....and I actually didn't notice it was from Nov 08 when I saw it earlier.

Duggie, you can explain the reasons they are rubbish until the cows come home but to some people they are cheap and therefore a 'bargain'

Good luck to them I say.


For some reason the thread appeared on page 2 from the homepage and I took it to be recent. Didn't realise how old it was until it was too late. Oops.
#33
Duggie_22
I think the point is that these things are built down to a price, not costed up to a standard. As such it is the cheapest of everything.

This tends to result in a heavy frame with poor geometry and basic (quite low tension) wheels creating a dead ride feel that ends up putting people off riding that particular bike and creates a negative opinion on cycling in general. If it's been mail ordered without trying the bike out it's very likely to be the wrong size.

These effects are then compounded by the fact that the cheapest components have wide tolerances which makes set-up a less precise affair so, again, the buyer thinks bikes are rubbish because the gears chatter, the brakes squeal etc., etc. and that's assuming the thing ever gets set up by a competent person in the first place.

I'll confess to being the sort or person who has a fleet of bikes, the most recent being a carbon fibre road bike at a shade under £3k, because I can and do appreciate the differences. I do, however, recognise that there are people who want a simple workhorse with no need for the best of everything. I hope that some of you can recognise that there are inexpensive bikes and there are cheap bikes.
Inexpensive bikes can very much be viable modes of transport, should last well if maintained and be a pleasure to ride whereas cheap bikes are seldom more than toys dressed up to look like mountain bikes and the ride feel is as described in my second paragraph.

The thing is, the price difference between these is as little as £80. I'd guess some will say that's too much extra, but then they'll blow that much on Sky TV, fags and beer in less than a month.

The difference in quality and enjoyability between a decent inexpensive bike (such as a Giant Boulder or the Kona Lana'i listed elsewhere on here) and a mail order/Hellfrauds/Toys-R-Us bike-shaped-object far exceeds the price difference.

Now that's a helpful posting without too much of the brand snobbery that seems to afflict this kind of post. Thank you.

It would still be interesting to get some feedback on this particular bike from someone who buys it rather than just an expectation of rubbish, but at least now we know what to beware of!

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