Carrera Parva back down to £180 @ Halfords
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Carrera Parva back down to £180 @ Halfords

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Found 10th Aug
Carrera Parva Men’s Hybrid Bike - Blue
Whether you’re commuting in the week or hitting some cycle trails at the weekend, the Carrera Parva Silver Men’s Hybrid Bike - Blue excels at both, thanks to its larger 27.5” wheels and 21 speed Shimano Tourney gears which will see you up even the toughest of hills. Made from aluminium to keep it light and with reliable Tektro v-brakes, the Parva is the bike that likes to change things up.
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hey_animate6 h, 25 m ago

Need a new bike but might look for something else


Very good of you to keep us informed about your potential purchase
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Good bike I bought one for my son last week for his birthday. I was planning on buying the black version this weekend for myself but they don't appear to be selling it in black anymore
Use AA code for 10% on top
Great bike, I purchased 2 of them in march 2015, great bikes that apart from the odd punctures have been great.
JRONE10 m ago

Use AA code for 10% on top


We're afraid we don't recognise the code 'AA'. Check you've entered it correctly and try again.

The 7-speed freewheel is a bit of a shame for anyone intending to upgrade the drivetrain/gears gradually as the parts wear/break - no options but the same bottom-end Shimano.
Bought for my son @ £189 and seems a good bike for the money. Quidco as well.
Wow, look how many people are watching! 1,000 but I always believe the numbers are exaggerated
Misslovely8 m ago

Wow, look how many people are watching! 1,000 but I always believe the …Wow, look how many people are watching! 1,000 but I always believe the numbers are exaggerated


You can get 2 pairs of trainers for £180
Only available in blue
Gollywood13 m ago

You can get 2 pairs of trainers for £180


Lol. True.
I'm taking them again tomorrow shopping , not long left till it's 22nd.
SOUTHWALES2 h, 3 m ago

Great bike, I purchased 2 of them in march 2015, great bikes that apart …Great bike, I purchased 2 of them in march 2015, great bikes that apart from the odd punctures have been great.



Get some slime tubes from Wilko - I used to get loads of punctures in my tyres use these and have had none since

wilko.com/en-…582
is this the same bike that was £100 last month on ebay?
ebay.co.uk/itm…129
Nice price, not for all of course but have had Carrera in past, frames solid if components are under spec, made by Merida as far as I know, need a bit of setting up and care but not difficult!
The.Crew.Designs2 h, 31 m ago

Get some slime tubes from Wilko - I used to get loads of punctures in my …Get some slime tubes from Wilko - I used to get loads of punctures in my tyres use these and have had none sincehttps://www.wilko.com/en-uk/slime-smart-tube-self-healing-inner-tube-26-x-175-2125in-schrader-valve/p/0342582


Hi, I use the slime that you put in the inner tubes yourself, it works for smaller punctures holes but larger holes caused by thorns it sometimes struggles to seal the hole. But yes I do use it as it helps with 50% of my punctures, here in my part of rural Wales most country glands I get thorn punctures.
Need a new bike but might look for something else
hey_animate6 h, 25 m ago

Need a new bike but might look for something else


Very good of you to keep us informed about your potential purchase
Need a new bike as some F**ker cut the locks of and nicked my Carrera subway 2 at the station
ashtad31 m ago

Need a new bike as some F**ker cut the locks of and nicked my Carrera …Need a new bike as some F**ker cut the locks of and nicked my Carrera subway 2 at the station


No point buying good bike in you lock it outside, just bought a decent one for £30 from my local charity shop, but I'm pretty sure there will be some t*** try to nick it..
Also 3% on quidco makes it £174.60
hey_animate7 h, 47 m ago

Need a new bike but might look for something else



Have a look on Ebay and you can set the distance slider to how far you want to travel to pick up a bike or some people post,there are many bikes on there that people have got through the cycle to work scheme and couldn't be bothered to cycle after a few weeks and so maybe an old model but genuinely hardly used,I purchased one for £160 that was an absolutely mint mtb it's a nice Trek 2012 version,I was happy to pay the money I did as I could see that it hadn't been used and was in the condition of a new bike.
I visited Treks site for sizing and now have the most comfortable bike I have ever owned and realized that the old Trek I had purchased years ago was poorly advised as it was too small,but I suppose the bike shop owner wanted to shift it
Get yourself a decent d lock I got an ONGUARD BRUTE for £25 delivered which has a 16.8mm shackle
Edited by: "phantom1973" 11th Aug
pwel38 m ago

No point buying good bike in you lock it outside, just bought a decent one …No point buying good bike in you lock it outside, just bought a decent one for £30 from my local charity shop, but I'm pretty sure there will be some t*** try to nick it..



I must admit I have a decent ish lock but I only leave my better bike for max 30 mins while shopping at Sainsburys and I leave it shackled to a sheffield stand right next to the door where the security guard stands and there is a camera but I wouldn't leave it longer than that,I'm amazed at the amount of bikes I have heard that have been stolen in town that I live in and the adjoining town somebody must be going round in a van,I use my old knackered bike that I don't bother locking most of the time for quick trips to the shop
Fatal.Swan11 h, 27 m ago

The 7-speed freewheel is a bit of a shame for anyone intending to upgrade …The 7-speed freewheel is a bit of a shame for anyone intending to upgrade the drivetrain/gears gradually as the parts wear/break - no options but the same bottom-end Shimano.


I thought shimano was mid-range
SOUTHWALES12 h, 37 m ago

Great bike, I purchased 2 of them in march 2015, great bikes that apart …Great bike, I purchased 2 of them in march 2015, great bikes that apart from the odd punctures have been great.



Shwalbe do some good value tyres that are very puncture resistant,I bought city jets for £22 for 2 tyres they have a thick nylon beading inside that thorns wont go through,they are slick too,so if you only use the bike on a road it will roll a lot quicker and with less effort
dead4red6912 h, 45 m ago

We're afraid we don't recognise the code 'AA'. Check you've entered it …We're afraid we don't recognise the code 'AA'. Check you've entered it correctly and try again.


It only works in-store.
ubmaniac31 m ago

I thought shimano was mid-range


By "bottom-end Shimano" I meant the bottom end of the Shimano range. That range spans from more or less the best components available to some really cheap stuff (like on this Carrera), though even the bottom-end of the Shimano range is still fairly functional and reliable for basic use compared to other/unbranded stuff.
Fatal.Swan7 m ago

By "bottom-end Shimano" I meant the bottom end of the Shimano range. That …By "bottom-end Shimano" I meant the bottom end of the Shimano range. That range spans from more or less the best components available to some really cheap stuff (like on this Carrera), though even the bottom-end of the Shimano range is still fairly functional and reliable for basic use compared to other/unbranded stuff.


Oh, thanks for the clarification and teaching me something
malarkeymarc10 h, 10 m ago

Nice price, not for all of course but have had Carrera in past, frames …Nice price, not for all of course but have had Carrera in past, frames solid if components are under spec, made by Merida as far as I know, need a bit of setting up and care but not difficult!


They're made by a Disney Princess?
targaid47 m ago

They're made by a Disney Princess?



Nothing wrong with Carerra bikes
malarkeymarc12 h, 41 m ago

Nice price, not for all of course but have had Carrera in past, frames …Nice price, not for all of course but have had Carrera in past, frames solid if components are under spec, made by Merida as far as I know, need a bit of setting up and care but not difficult!


Might have been Merida in the past but pretty sure they are fuji-ta now which is the biggest oem bicycle manufacturer by far, 20 million complete bikes sold a year and many millions of frames and forks sold around the world for assembly locally. Typically in Europe we get fuji-ta frames made in China but bike assembly perhaps Vietnam, Bangledesh etc so they avoid EU duties. Fuji-ta are great frames but perhaps not as good as Merida. Merida has been priced out of the OEM market they make their own and Specialized which they jointly own but not much else according to Merida themselves. However these Carrera frames are normally designed for strength rather than lightness so have additional strengthening compared to some of their competitors. They are rated to about 160kg total load or 120kg rider weight.

However that said the Parva is a light duty version of the Subway with a much inferior drivetrain and brakes. I doubt the freewheel will last long with a heavy rider and the rear axle would likely bend if dropped off pavements etc. This is a compromised version of the Subway to reach a price point. It will be fine for light riders or light use long term. However the frame and forks are equally strong as the Subway.
Just remember to check the bike is set up properly before you ride. The "mechanic" who set mine up failed to set up the brakes and if I hadn't checked them myself they wouldn't have worked.
Gave in and got one in store with 10% AA voucher. £162 happy with that for a decent commuting bik
Edited by: "SpaceMartian1999" 12th Aug
I did post before in another bike thread

I was looking at getting a new bike riding 15+ miles a day on roads and some cycle paths which are basically dust paths

my budget was £400 for bike and other bit like lights/locks so on.

would this bike be any good or what others do you guys recommend?
targaid13 h, 8 m ago

Who said there was?



Must have read it wrong but you saying "They're made by a Disney Princess?" does not sound like a compliment
I bought one at £200 in black last month, and it’s great. Maybe not the lightest, and left-hand gear switch takes a bit of convincing to change up, but it’s solidly built and the brakes are good. Bought a gel cover for the seat after first lengthy ride on it. It’s a substantial cut above other sub-£200 bikes I’ve had, and I preferred it to the BTwin hybrid option that was priced similarly.

Buying instore was a pain however, and both members of staff I dealt with were absolutely hopeless. They recommended different frame sizes, for starters
wotguvnotmeguv6 h, 12 m ago

I bought one at £200 in black last month, and it’s great. Maybe not the li …I bought one at £200 in black last month, and it’s great. Maybe not the lightest, and left-hand gear switch takes a bit of convincing to change up, but it’s solidly built and the brakes are good. Bought a gel cover for the seat after first lengthy ride on it. It’s a substantial cut above other sub-£200 bikes I’ve had, and I preferred it to the BTwin hybrid option that was priced similarly.Buying instore was a pain however, and both members of staff I dealt with were absolutely hopeless. They recommended different frame sizes, for starters


Frame size recommendations can be different but you'd think they would try to keep to the same recommendation in the same shop. I prefer a more relaxed ride with a more upright position so tend to go for a larger frame, others might prefer a faster, more aggressive position with a smaller frame leaning more towards the handlebars. If you were buying a mountain bike for genuine off road use, the Parva really only needs a rear wheel upgrade with freehub and 7 speed cassette and you have a capable off road rigid mountain bike. If you were planning to do that then many prefer a smaller frame to give more control off road. Like me you may be caught between 2 sizes so you have the option of 2 frame sizes. I'm 6'2" but sadly more of a gorilla style body with slightly short for my height 31-32" inside leg measurement. 18" mountain bike is ok for me in theory although I find them too small, 20" is ideal by the book. Actually prefer 22" frames. I never take the advice of people in cycle shops regarding frame sizing I would always just try them myself. If I was a serious rider after a decent road bike I'm definitely want a bike fit though.
JRONE10th Aug

Use AA code for 10% on top


Cant find code to put in. All it does is downloads me a barcode voucher
gunner78616 h, 1 m ago

Cant find code to put in. All it does is downloads me a barcode voucher


I used the barcode in store. Now sure how it works online but if you can click and collect and then pay in store, you’ll be able to use the code
JRONE28 m ago

I used the barcode in store. Now sure how it works online but if you can …I used the barcode in store. Now sure how it works online but if you can click and collect and then pay in store, you’ll be able to use the code


Also if you are buying halfords gift cards with 6% off via zeek (plus cashback too) you have to use those gift cards instore.
No disc brakes....are these brakes ok?
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