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Apollo Bikes - up to 50% off @ Halfords online or reserve and collect
Apollo Bikes - up to 50% off @ Halfords online or  reserve and collect

Apollo Bikes - up to 50% off @ Halfords online or reserve and collect

Up to 50% off all apollo bikes - trawl through and see what you like. Also 50% off any cycle helmet when bought as a package.

As they do anyways this includes: Free bike build, 6 week inspection and accessories fitted for free.

I know that Apollo aren't exactly a well renowned brand, BUT - for the kids for christmas for knocking about the street etc they are more than adequate. If granny or grandad has offered to buy a cheap bike it would be difficult to go wrong.

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Some reasonable (if not terrific) deals in there and though Apollo isn't particularly well regarded your post qualifies it adequately. For many people the free build/check is an important benefit over mail order or supermarket bikes.

But standby for the bike snobs to compare them with £300+ bikes. Let me anticipate a few phrases for them:

"ground anchor"
"bike shaped object"
"dangerous"
"I've got a xxxx which cost me £x,000"
"assembled by saturday kids in Halfords"
etc, etc.

I'll balance that by voting hot for what it is!

Anyone know if the "Apollo Crossways Town and Trail" bike is any good? One of the 50% off bikes....but is this a real saving or just the usual old trick i.e. noone would actully buy it for £400 and £200 is pretty standard?

The bikes are okay - you pay for what you get. With regards how these are put together - there is no training at Halfords - and it shows. My business partner just got his bike back from Halfords for a repair - and it came back with out the brakes working.

If you do go on to cycling forums, you will see that this is not an uncommon event.

Just make sure that you check everything that they do.

hotyoda;6494293

Anyone know if the "Apollo Crossways Town and Trail" bike is any good? … Anyone know if the "Apollo Crossways Town and Trail" bike is any good? One of the 50% off bikes....but is this a real saving or just the usual old trick i.e. noone would actully buy it for £400 and £200 is pretty standard?



The Apollos are a pretty standard bike. I would really try and spend a little bit more and get a Specialised or Trek or similar. My original budget was £200-250 for a bike but ended up paying £400 - but I am really pleased with it. My advice is don't buy a bike until you have test ridden in

Your local bike shop will be able to give you a much better service and good advice as they actually know what they are talking about (as opposed to people on minimum wage who are employed predominantly to sell car accessories), people in bike shops generally have a love of bikes.

If you want more advice, I would suggest going on to a cycling forum - most are very friendly and give useful advice.

oneeyedvic;6494377

The Apollos are a pretty standard bike. I would really try and spend a … The Apollos are a pretty standard bike. I would really try and spend a little bit more and get a Specialised or Trek or similar. My original budget was £200-250 for a bike but ended up paying £400 - but I am really pleased with it. My advice is don't buy a bike until you have test ridden inYour local bike shop will be able to give you a much better service and good advice as they actually know what they are talking about (as opposed to people on minimum wage who are employed predominantly to sell car accessories), people in bike shops generally have a love of bikes. If you want more advice, I would suggest going on to a cycling forum - most are very friendly and give useful advice.



I won't rush in just yet!

oneeyedvic;6494377

The Apollos are a pretty standard bike. I would really try and spend a … The Apollos are a pretty standard bike. I would really try and spend a little bit more and get a Specialised or Trek or similar. My original budget was £200-250 for a bike but ended up paying £400 - but I am really pleased with it. My advice is don't buy a bike until you have test ridden inYour local bike shop will be able to give you a much better service and good advice as they actually know what they are talking about (as opposed to people on minimum wage who are employed predominantly to sell car accessories), people in bike shops generally have a love of bikes. If you want more advice, I would suggest going on to a cycling forum - most are very friendly and give useful advice.


See what I mean?!

oneyedvic is probably offering sound, honest advice, but that 'friendly' bike shop has doubled the budget already!
"...spend a little bit more..."?

Must say I thought that claimed £400 original price looked rather steep though. Best advice is probably to set a budget and stick with it - then search for the best you can get at that price. It's always going to be too easy to spend just a little bit more for something you may not need.

hotyoda;6494467

I won't rush in just yet!


Good time to buy though - after the summer season and before the Christmas rush.
I suspect you can probably do better than an Apollo for £200 though. Best advice I had from a bike shop was that the first thing to give trouble on a 'cheap' bike is the gears, so it's wise to go Shimano (even if there are fewer of them - do you really need 21 speeds when 6 on the rear will do the job?).

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oneeyedvic;6494377

My original budget was £200-250 for a bike but ended up paying £400 - but … My original budget was £200-250 for a bike but ended up paying £400 - but I am really pleased with it. My advice is don't buy a bike until you have test ridden in



Is granny going to pay that much??

I think the market these are predominatly aimed at are teenagers who knock about the streets. At the minute they arent really into serious cycling. I mean - how many bikes did anyone test ride as a teenager? - they were usually wrapped up and handed over on christmas day as a suprise.

A love of cycling and decent bikes comes later on in life with a regular and steady income. My brother has just bought a £2000 colnago, but without the apollo he first started on he wouldnt be into cycling as a hobby. Lets get things into perspective guys. If you are serious about your cycling you wouldnt buy one of these anyways - your mates at the cycling club would bully you!

Dont know about the adult appollo bikes but theyve increased the kids ones. I was considering to get the Sparkle 16" one for £53 2 days ago which was after it had 1/3 off its now £74 at half price so cold from me I'm afraid.

I bought a £400 Carrera from Halfords...in fact the bloke in the shop advised against Apollo...he admitted they were pretty poor quality bikes (but cheap!)

However..to show you how well they put their bikes together (and the overall care they show)...my entire left side pedal (including the pedal arm) fell off after about 3 miles, as they'd fail to tighten the nut on the pedal arm. The gears were not correctly aligned - so when selecting the highest set of gears, the chain would come off completely - and the rest of the time the chain would grind horribly. They even managed to fit the bell on upside down!

They then had the cheek to say the entire pedal arm falling off was my fault, as I should have checked the "manual" (I assume this is the check sheet they handed out)...oh, I'm sorry, I didn't realise I should have brought my own set of tools with me to Halfords to make sure all the nuts and bolts were correctly fastened on my new bike!

On top of that, I brought it in for the free 6 week check, and mentioned the numerous problems - collected it back off them a week later (as apparently this is how long it takes them to check the bikes)...and they had not checked one of the things I mentioned. I made the guy in the shop do it there and then!

Ok....rant over!

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theyiddo;6494811

I bought a £400 Carrera from Halfords...in fact the bloke in the shop … I bought a £400 Carrera from Halfords...in fact the bloke in the shop advised against Apollo...he admitted they were pretty poor quality bikes (but cheap!)



Why buy a £400 bike from Halfords?

Halfords bike are for kids playing in the street

Besford;6494496

See what I mean?!oneyedvic is probably offering sound, honest advice, but … See what I mean?!oneyedvic is probably offering sound, honest advice, but that 'friendly' bike shop has doubled the budget already!"...spend a little bit more..."?Must say I thought that claimed £400 original price looked rather steep though. Best advice is probably to set a budget and stick with it - then search for the best you can get at that price. It's always going to be too easy to spend just a little bit more for something you may not need.



Depends very much on what you want - for me it was worth spending a bit more as I have cycled long distances. If i had spend £200, it would be completely wasted as I would have bought my £400 bike after a couple of long rides.

It is very much worth knowing what you want - and a bike shop will help you ascertain what is best. As an example if you want to do a load of gaming on a computer, there is little point in buying a machine that costs £200 even though it may be a bargain. Conversely, if you just want to word process and use the internet, spending a grand is a waste of money. My advice is buy the best that you can afford that will do the job that you want. My budget was incorrect for what I wanted to do - and so I changed my budget. If I had bought a £200 bike, I probably wouldn't enjoy cycling as much as I do.

Anyway, going back to the deal - I don't think this is a great deal - but it is not a bad deal either. Personally wouldn't buy an Apollo and if I did buy a Halfords bike I would take it to a local bike shop to get it put together properly.

damnstudents;6494868

Why buy a £400 bike from Halfords?Halfords bike are for kids playing in … Why buy a £400 bike from Halfords?Halfords bike are for kids playing in the street



I disagree - the Boardman bikes (costing £1000) have got good praise by users and in the biking press.

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oneeyedvic;6494990

I disagree - the Boardman bikes (costing £1000) have got good praise by … I disagree - the Boardman bikes (costing £1000) have got good praise by users and in the biking press.



Yeah - but its put together by somebody who isnt a bike specialist and wont offer the same aftercare. For a £100 bike I can stomach that. For a £1000 bike I would be looking at my local specialist.

damnstudents;6494868

Why buy a £400 bike from Halfords?Halfords bike are for kids playing in … Why buy a £400 bike from Halfords?Halfords bike are for kids playing in the street




Only bike shop that my company were doing the Cycle2Work scheme with at the time....of course now my company have seen the error of their ways, and gone with local bike shops!

Besford;6494195

Some reasonable (if not terrific) deals in there and though Apollo isn't … Some reasonable (if not terrific) deals in there and though Apollo isn't particularly well regarded your post qualifies it adequately. For many people the free build/check is an important benefit over mail order or supermarket bikes.But standby for the bike snobs to compare them with £300+ bikes. Let me anticipate a few phrases for them:"ground anchor""bike shaped object""dangerous""I've got a xxxx which cost me £x,000""assembled by saturday kids in Halfords"etc, etc.I'll balance that by voting hot for what it is!


So we're only up to post #14 on the first page and we're up to £1,000 already!!!!!!!!!!

oneeyedvic;6494324

The bikes are okay - you pay for what you get. With regards how these are … The bikes are okay - you pay for what you get. With regards how these are put together - there is no training at Halfords - and it shows. My business partner just got his bike back from Halfords for a repair - and it came back with out the brakes working. If you do go on to cycling forums, you will see that this is not an uncommon event.Just make sure that you check everything that they do.



Agree, Halfords should not be allowed to put bikes together! Do it yourself - I know from when my friend got a bike from them a few wks back

Besford;6495306

So we're only up to post #14 on the first page and we're up to £1,000 … So we're only up to post #14 on the first page and we're up to £1,000 already!!!!!!!!!!



At what point has this bike been compared to a £1000 bike? Do you actually read the posts or just look at the figures?

And what are you voting hot for? Do you think this compares favourably to say a Ridgeback, Pinnacle or Dawes that costs a similar amount? Or do you think it is better because it has a artificially inflated recommended retail price (which is a joke since Halfords have sole distribution rights).

People giving advice usually do so because they know something about the subject. Sorry if that offends you. As I said, I am not big into cycling. Buy something for what you need, but don't think something is a bargain just because you have a massive discount.

Better off (in my opinion) going to people who know about these things rather than people who think it is a bargain because it has 50% off.

If you can't assemble or check and maintain your own bike you probably shouldn't be riding one.

spionkop;6496997

If you can't assemble or check and maintain your own bike you probably … If you can't assemble or check and maintain your own bike you probably shouldn't be riding one.



A bit harsh - do you have the same attitude to cars? When is the last time you changed the brakes on your car?

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And the prize to the angriest person that has completely missed the point of the thread goes to.................

Oneeyedvic

This was a thread as a heads up for anyone that wanted a cheap bike as a christmas present. Instead its taken up by people arguing the toss and throwing names about such as "Ridgeback, Pinnacle or Dawes"?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

This was an apollo bike........... an apollo! The bottom of the range, chicken in a basket style cheap and cheeful couple of years and skip it bike.

So bored of this thread now zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

damnstudents;6498069

And the prize to the angriest person that has completely missed the point … And the prize to the angriest person that has completely missed the point of the thread goes to.................OneeyedvicThis was a thread as a heads up for anyone that wanted a cheap bike as a christmas present. Instead its taken up by people arguing the toss and throwing names about such as "Ridgeback, Pinnacle or Dawes"?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?This was an apollo bike........... an apollo! The bottom of the range, chicken in a basket style cheap and cheeful couple of years and skip it bike.So bored of this thread now zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz



And the person who has no clue is??????

Sorery I thought this was a thread about bikes costing around £200

Ridgeback, Pinnacle and Dawes are all bikes that can be purchased for the £200 mark: evanscycles.com/cat…y=0

These are much better bikes (imho) than the Apollo. That is the point. This is not a particularly good deal for anyone buying a cheap bike! Is that any clearer?

oneeyedvic;6498343

And the person who has no clue is??????Sorery I thought this was a thread … And the person who has no clue is??????Sorery I thought this was a thread about bikes costing around £200Ridgeback, Pinnacle and Dawes are all bikes that can be purchased for the £200 mark: http://www.evanscycles.com/categories/complete-bikes/mountain-bikes?brand=All&price_from=180&price_to=220&sort=&per_page=20&x=0&y=0These are much better bikes (imho) than the Apollo. That is the point. This is not a particularly good deal for anyone buying a cheap bike! Is that any clearer?



At last, someone has suggested a better alternative!! Only two pages later.

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oneeyedvic;6498343

And the person who has no clue is??????Sorery I thought this was a thread … And the person who has no clue is??????Sorery I thought this was a thread about bikes costing around £200Ridgeback, Pinnacle and Dawes are all bikes that can be purchased for the £200 mark: http://www.evanscycles.com/categories/complete-bikes/mountain-bikes?brand=All&price_from=180&price_to=220&sort=&per_page=20&x=0&y=0These are much better bikes (imho) than the Apollo. That is the point. This is not a particularly good deal for anyone buying a cheap bike! Is that any clearer?



Nope.................. It was a thread about bikes starting at the £120 mark - and although they....yes....do go past the £200 threshold, there is a total of 27......yes......27 bikes for less than £189. Most of the aformentioned 27 bikes being under the £150 mark and again a good number being £119.99. (40.001% cheaper than a £200 bike) Not the £200 figure that I never mentioned in the original post.

If I was looking for a bike with a budget of £200 plus I too would look for a different brand than an apollo as (imho as well as yours) there are better bikes. So well done for pointing that out.

However, the original post never mentioned a figure of £200. So why you keep referring to this 'magical' number I fail to understand.

Is that any clearer?

Is that any clearer?

damnstudents;6500331

Nope.................. It was a thread about bikes starting at the £120 … Nope.................. It was a thread about bikes starting at the £120 mark - and although they....yes....do go past the £200 threshold, there is a total of 27......yes......27 bikes for less than £189. Most of the aformentioned 27 bikes being under the £150 mark and again a good number being £119.99. (40.001% cheaper than a £200 bike) Not the £200 figure that I never mentioned in the original post.If I was looking for a bike with a budget of £200 plus I too would look for a different brand than an apollo as (imho as well as yours) there are better bikes. So well done for pointing that out. However, the original post never mentioned a figure of £200. So why you keep referring to this 'magical' number I fail to understand. Is that any clearer?Is that any clearer?



What does "imho" mean?

oneeyedvic;6496989

At what point has this bike been compared to a £1000 bike? Do you … At what point has this bike been compared to a £1000 bike? Do you actually read the posts or just look at the figures?And what are you voting hot for? Do you think this compares favourably to say a Ridgeback, Pinnacle or Dawes that costs a similar amount? Or do you think it is better because it has a artificially inflated recommended retail price (which is a joke since Halfords have sole distribution rights).People giving advice usually do so because they know something about the subject. Sorry if that offends you. As I said, I am not big into cycling. Buy something for what you need, but don't think something is a bargain just because you have a massive discount. Better off (in my opinion) going to people who know about these things rather than people who think it is a bargain because it has 50% off.


You introduced £1000 bikes (in post #14).

So, to summarise so far:

-damnstudents posted a generic pointer to reductions on the Halfords Apollo range of bikes, making it clear that he sees these as cheap bikes to buy the kids for Christmas (generally around the £150 mark).
-I predicted the usual topic escalation (though I must admit it has been disappointingly civil so far).
-Ridgeback, Pinnacle and Dawes have been introduced (decent brands at a higher price point)
-By post #14 £1,000 bikes were being mentioned (not illegal but not relevant either).
-oneyedvic has now assumed the 'duty humourless biker' role, accusing others of not reading the threads and questioning why anyone would vote the post hot; getting uptight about contradictory views.

This one's been a bit of a slow starter for a bike thread but there's plenty of time yet. Good fun isn't it!

PS does wearing Lycra actually damage the brain or just make people excessively serious?

boonergooner;6501434

What does "imho" mean?


'In My Humble Opinion'. Generally used to indicate a view which is anything but!

And I apologise profusely as I completely misread the link and saw the bikes from Halfords at £199 - hence the reason for me saying £200. :oops:

On a scale of 1 to 10, looking about 11 on the stupid scale! Ah well, anyone got a link to an optician :whistling:
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