Apollo Excelle Womens Hybrid Bike £99 Halfords
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Apollo Excelle Womens Hybrid Bike £99 Halfords

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Found 14th Sep 2014
Good reviews. Frame sizes available: 14" and 17".
Anything better than this in the range of £100-150?

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don't buy halfords specials as they are poor quality and service

Halfords are fantastic, their own products and their customer service are second to none. In fact I've just bought my sons Apollo bike yesterday and again, as with all their Apollos, it's great.

Good price for a casual bike - obviously it's not going to suit someone serious about their cycling.

It might be made of low end components, it might not be very light, but it will be safe and last for years. You won't be paranoid about scratchs. And when it's knackered, you'll be able to sell it for £30 on eBay!

Good price for a casual bike - obviously it's not going to suit someone serious about their cycling.

It might be made of low end components, it might not be very light, but it will be safe and last for years. You won't be paranoid about scratchs. And when it's knackered, you'll be able to sell it for £30 on eBay!

any bikes for men around this price???

Good reviews where?

Halfords site is obviously fraudulent in the way they handle their reviews.

My cheap halfords bike was falling apart with in days, so not sure about 'last for years'.

Saying all that, if you want to get around, it's a much more sensible choice than many that are posted on here.

For a little more money secondhand I got a fair bit better bike that had only been ridden a couple of times anyway.

I bought a burgundy Apollo from halfords ,the assembly was pathetic,they didn't even check bolts and nuts and the seat was spinning like a whirling dervish,and that was after a thorough inspection,the basket and pannier they fitted was Not safely fitted,they may have dodgy certificates proffessing to be experts,but if they can't assemble a bicycle and ensure its safe to ride,what's the point,also the gears froze into position and eventually I gave it to the scrappy,halfords and Apollo bikes,I would avoid,that bike was bought from their clacton store.

mummy2babies

Halfords are fantastic, their own products and their customer service are … Halfords are fantastic, their own products and their customer service are second to none. In fact I've just bought my sons Apollo bike yesterday and again, as with all their Apollos, it's great.


Horses for courses

mummy2babies

Halfords are fantastic, their own products and their customer service are … Halfords are fantastic, their own products and their customer service are second to none. In fact I've just bought my sons Apollo bike yesterday and again, as with all their Apollos, it's great.



First praise for Halfords I've EVER heard in many threads on HUKD and elsewhere! Who to believe?

Halfords are fantastic and Apollos are great ??? Is this in some alternate universe ?
I work part-time for a bike shop and Ive *NEVER* heard anyone say anything good about Halfords. Quite the opposite.

we have bought 4 bikes from halfords now, all correctly and safely built with good service, halfords selly oak seem pretty good

Banned

Obviously the bike prats will look down at anything that costs less than 10 grand.

It really is horses for courses. Halfords bikes suit a certain part of the market, and there is nothing wrong with that.

I've had no problems from Halfords

I have worked in a local bike shop.Halfords are O.K. if you can set it up and look after the bike yourself.If you dont know about bikes use a small specialist shop for their service and advice.

Besford

First praise for Halfords I've EVER heard in many threads on HUKD and … First praise for Halfords I've EVER heard in many threads on HUKD and elsewhere! Who to believe?



The boardman road (racer) bike i got from halfords is superb and the staff reasonably helpful and knowledgeable.

I think the service and mechanic team you get is very varied store to store. I bought a top spec Boardman and it wasn't put together very well and my colleagues had similar incidents, literally loose nuts and bolts. The free 6 week service is poor and they didn't pick up on issues that eventually my local independent bike store sorted. I used them due to Bike to Work Scheme using Halfords but if I have to again I will collect the bike and give it straight to a knowledgeable bike mechanic in an independent. I found the customer service shocking too in store and he many times I got put on hold then cut off waiting to speak to the 'bike team'.

Original Poster

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Good reviews where?Halfords site is obviously fraudulent in the way they … Good reviews where?Halfords site is obviously fraudulent in the way they handle their reviews.My cheap halfords bike was falling apart with in days, so not sure about 'last for years'.



Obviously fraudulent? Any evidence to support your statement about fraudulent Halfords? Did you write a review that they deleted from their website?

Yep, I did. It was a negative review about one of their bikes.
I carefully made sure I was within in the guidelines.
It was removed and I was told it wasn't in the guidelines. I double checked and couldn't see anywhere it was, so asked them to point out where I had contravened said guidelines.
Got fobbed off.
Persisted.
Was promised a reply, which never came.

To be fair, it IS very standard practice to not allow negative reviews for a lot of such places - there's no way they want to be offering up more than token negative opinions on the website they're hosting themselves.

Oh and yes on the lottery of staff - where I used to live, one of the Halfords stores had one good staff member that was really into bikes. The rest weren't, to the point of denying and lying about what they'd done in one case a good few years ago.

I had to return successively two folding bikes to Halford because the pedals kept falling off. That said, they excel in other areas such as changing headlight bulbs.

This one looks less bad than many Halfords deals (that's called damning with faint praise by the way ),

apolo line sucks.. stick to carrera or boardman

I've had this bike for a year now and it's still going strong, it's a great little run around. My only complaint is the seat is very uncomfortable.

I had a cheap halfords "BSO" for 5 years. I never maintained it properly and had to replace one tyre and a chain over that time. Then it got nicked. People swear by £500-1000 bikes but I'm pretty happy with £100-150 bikes tbh.

yrreb88

I had a cheap halfords "BSO" for 5 years. I never maintained it properly … I had a cheap halfords "BSO" for 5 years. I never maintained it properly and had to replace one tyre and a chain over that time. Then it got nicked. People swear by £500-1000 bikes but I'm pretty happy with £100-150 bikes tbh.


Sounds like you were lucky, but if you haven't, I'd give a more expensive bike a go some time.
My £330 (down from £600 thanks to HUKD) gets me around quiker with less energy, to the point that I now often do longish distances, sometimes carry reasonable sized loads (ie an extra 20kg of shopping + dog food for 6 miles home) which I wouldn't have attempted on a cheaper bike. Save quite a bit in fuel, which is excellent as the calories I burn mean more cake can be bought with said savings in fuel :D.
(And get fitters, etc, of course... but mostly, cake.)

Halfords is not the place to go to purchase your bike. pay cheap, pay twice or three times over a few years.

simoneroebuck

I've had this bike for a year now and it's still going strong, it's a … I've had this bike for a year now and it's still going strong, it's a great little run around. My only complaint is the seat is very uncomfortable.



ALL seats are uncomfortable!

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Sounds like you were lucky, but if you haven't, I'd give a more expensive … Sounds like you were lucky, but if you haven't, I'd give a more expensive bike a go some time.My £330 (down from £600 thanks to HUKD) gets me around quiker with less energy, to the point that I now often do longish distances, sometimes carry reasonable sized loads (ie an extra 20kg of shopping + dog food for 6 miles home) which I wouldn't have attempted on a cheaper bike. Save quite a bit in fuel, which is excellent as the calories I burn mean more cake can be bought with said savings in fuel :D.(And get fitters, etc, of course... but mostly, cake.)



I take my weekly shop home on this bike lol

This is great for ppl who cant afford much or want to cut down on the chances of it being half inched. thanks for posting.
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