Carrera Subway Limited Edition Hybrid Bike 2013 at Halfords for £161.99 with code
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Carrera Subway Limited Edition Hybrid Bike 2013 at Halfords for £161.99 with code

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Found 10th Aug 2013
We all know that Halfords isn't the best bike shop around but they do sell some half decent bikes. This Carrera Subway Limited Edition Hybrid has had some good comments made about it and, at £162 it is as cheap as I can remember it.

The price on the website is £179.99 but if you go via quidco you get 3% but, more importantly, there is a 10% off code just now of B13BK01 which can be used against any bike.

The spec of the bike is:

Approximate Weight (KG): 14.2
Chainset: Shimano
Exact Frame Size: 20"
Forks: Hi-tensile steel
Frame: 7005 Aluminium
Frame Material: Alloy
Front Brake: Tektro Alloy V-Brake
Front Mech: Shimano
Gear Shifters: Shimano Altus
Gender: Mens
Handle Bars: Steel 660mm riser bar
Headset: Semi Integrated
Hubs: Alloy with QR
Number of Gears: 21
Pedals: Alloy
Rear Brake: Tektro Alloy V-Brake
Rear Mech: Shimano
Rims: Doubewall Alloy
Saddle: Velo foam, Carrera branded
Stem: Alloy 7-deg rise, 75/90mm
Tyres: CST - hybrid tyres
Wheel size: 26"
Frame Colour: Red
Suspension: Rigid.

Not the greatest around, but not bad for £161.99. My link is to the 20" version bit other sizes are available.

200 Comments

good price

Sorry mate, voted cold from the phone instead of the 'hot' I meant

This is a good basic bike.

Great find

Voted hot although not for me as I'm not a fan of quick release hubs, makes it harder to set the correct bearing pressure inside the hubs......

Tell me about it! Hub pressure. I was in there with the £162.00 meself. Looked at the QR wheels and thought to myself "The pressure in those hubs will end up being unbearable - fuggedit!" Close call! (_;)

For that money- ye canny go wrong, laddie.

Hae some heat, mister ...
Edited by: "BruceEBonus" 10th Aug 2013

Brilliant deal..... cheapest I've ever seen this bike.

Heat.

What makes you say Halfords isn't so good a bike shop? Genuine question.

BruceEBonus

Tell me about it! Hub pressure. I was in there with the £162.00 meself. … Tell me about it! Hub pressure. I was in there with the £162.00 meself. Looked at the QR wheels and thought to myself "The pressure in those hubs will end up being unbearable - fuggedit!" Close call! (_;)For that money- ye canny go wrong, laddie. Hae some heat, mister ...



Assuming stephenashforth is English, we now seem to have an Englishman, Scotsman and a Welshman arguing over a bike. There must be a good punchline in there somewhere?!

btw, heat from me!
Edited by: "qyestionmark" 10th Aug 2013

I was about to get a Boardman Hybrid Comp @ around £450, around 4kilos lighter, but can i justify the extra expense over the Subway....?

antonio1

What makes you say Halfords isn't so good a bike shop? Genuine question.



Because a lot of their shops have muppets working in the bike dept..... make sure you check it over properly after they've assembled any bike.

Original Poster

qyestionmark

Assuming stephenashforth is English, we now seem to have an Englishman, … Assuming stephenashforth is English, we now seem to have an Englishman, Scotsman and a Welshman arguing over a bike. There must be a good punchline in there somewhere?!btw, heat from me!



I am Scottish actually.

And Englishman a Welshman and a Scotsman walked into Halfords and said to the bloke behind the counter "Ye'll no' be havin' a sale, wil' ye, boyo...my good man?"

The assistant said "Yes we do actually ..."

"Not with those hub pressures to be sure!" Quipped the Irishman who had just walked through the door behind them...
Edited by: "BruceEBonus" 10th Aug 2013

Original Poster

antonio1

What makes you say Halfords isn't so good a bike shop? Genuine question.



Some of their staff are not the best at putting bikes together. A number of people have had to make adjustments after having bought bikes there.

qyestionmark

Assuming stephenashforth is English, we now seem to have an Englishman, … Assuming stephenashforth is English, we now seem to have an Englishman, Scotsman and a Welshman arguing over a bike. There must be a good punchline in there somewhere?!btw, heat from me!



Only if Paddy joins in....:p:D

Carrera Crossfire, which is more my definition of a hybrid, is also reduced to £220..... so under £200 with the discount code.

Some of their staff are not the best at putting bikes together. A number … Some of their staff are not the best at putting bikes together. A number of people have had to make adjustments after having bought bikes there.



Yeah, like forgetting to tighten the rear brakes (not fun coming down a hill)

@andynicol. yes, but the better bike, 4g will he the difference between enduring a ride and loving it.

don't get me wrong, this is an SCE bike for the cash, if that is all you have/want to spend. but if you can afford the Boardman then do it, far far better bike.

Join British Cycling by Direct Debit for £9.30, using code TFL13, and you'll get a further 10% of the R&C price - print and take voucher.

You can also use another british cycling online code for bike accessories, during august, for a 15% reduction for R&C....then use the above voucher for a further 10% reduction when you pick-up and pay.

They still have 3 for 2 on bike accessories, too. Though, not a great selelection.
Edited by: "tightpants" 10th Aug 2013

crowcrow

@andynicol. yes, but the better bike, 4g will he the difference between … @andynicol. yes, but the better bike, 4g will he the difference between enduring a ride and loving it. don't get me wrong, this is an SCE bike for the cash, if that is all you have/want to spend. but if you can afford the Boardman then do it, far far better bike.



Thanks.

Apologies to stephenasforth for hijacking the thread, but do you see an obvious difference between these 2 ;

Boardman Performance MX Race @ £499

Boardman Performance Comp @ £499

Both can be had for around £450 with the 10% discount code.

Whats bothering me is the RRP, the Race bikes' RRP is £599, whereas the Comp is £549, one would assume that the Race bike is the better of the 2 when paying the same amount for them, BUT the Comp is 4kg lighter.

I paid £180 for this a while ago, its a decent bike for the price and at this price a great bargain. Decent enough, can get it to about 18mph on the flat, nice thick tyres so a bit more mountain bike than racer as hybrids go but makes a decent commuter bike, you're going to struggle to get a puncture with the thick tyres

Halfords get a bad rap, its mostly started by independent bike shop owners I think. I doubt a LBS will sell you anything anywhere near as good for a similar price

Banned

andynicol

Thanks.Apologies to stephenasforth for hijacking the thread, but do you … Thanks.Apologies to stephenasforth for hijacking the thread, but do you see an obvious difference between these 2 ;Boardman Performance MX Race @ £499Boardman Performance Comp @ £499Both can be had for around £450 with the 10% discount code.Whats bothering me is the RRP, the Race bikes' RRP is £599, whereas the Comp is £549, one would assume that the Race bike is the better of the 2 when paying the same amount for them, BUT the Comp is 4kg lighter.



one is a hybrid bike based on a mountain bike frame with a front suspension fork. The other is based on a road bike which will be lighter.

26" wheels on a hybrid - really?

@andynicol - if you can afford the Boardman do not question it - just buy it. If you are going to put some miles on the bike, then the Boardman will be far more enjoyable than this one.

I'm not saying that this is a bad deal (it's a great spec for the cash) but the Boardman is in a different league - hence the very different price tag.

@Biker Jeff - I agree, the Crossfire for a start with 700C wheels make more sense for a hybrid. The Subway just seems like a compromised mountain bike.

@tightpants - completely agree. British Cycling membership is great - provides basic insurance and some good discounts. I've just renewed family membership and that seems a bargain given the cover you get.

If you are in the market for a cheap bike, it is always worth checking out Decathlon bikes too - great value for money!
Edited by: "Macdory" 10th Aug 2013

Cheapest ive seen it.
Good starter bike.
Heat added

I would prefer light weight , would be more than happy with V brakes on a hybrid also

Plus I wouldn't want suspension at all again for weight

The comp looks good for £450

andynicol

Thanks.Apologies to stephenasforth for hijacking the thread, but do you … Thanks.Apologies to stephenasforth for hijacking the thread, but do you see an obvious difference between these 2 ;Boardman Performance MX Race @ £499Boardman Performance Comp @ £499Both can be had for around £450 with the 10% discount code.Whats bothering me is the RRP, the Race bikes' RRP is £599, whereas the Comp is £549, one would assume that the Race bike is the better of the 2 when paying the same amount for them, BUT the Comp is 4kg lighter.



stephenashforth

Some of their staff are not the best at putting bikes together. A number … Some of their staff are not the best at putting bikes together. A number of people have had to make adjustments after having bought bikes there.



I actually bough a bike from there a couple of years ago, all looked great until I got on it, they
had fitted one the toe clips the wrong way around

@andynicol - It depends on what type of riding you are planning to do.

If you are commuting to work then Hybrid Comp, if you are planning to potter around with the family and do some light trails then the MX Race would be your best bet.

Although, for commuting and if you can afford the extra I would look at decathlon.co.uk/riv…tml and it would also be okay for pottering around on light trails with the family.

Paulscycles also has some good discounts on hybrid bikes http://www.paulscycles.co.uk/m9b0s156p0/Leisure-Bikes/Fast-City
Normally last seasons bikes which they sell off to make room for new stock. It's a great way to buy a new bike at a discounted price - generally the only thing that is changing on most ranges from year to year is the paint finish.
Edited by: "Macdory" 10th Aug 2013

Banned

Nearly bought it at £199 the other day, might buy this later :O

Andi Keane

Plus I wouldn't want suspension at all again for weight



Given the state of most roads, good suspension can be a god send ... cheap pogo-stick suspension is a pain though.

If you're interested in the Crossfire1...do try it out in-shop, first. It is a good bike but I found the front suspension soft and therefore counter-productive as it made me feel less comfortable and less confident in the bike. It's a bit pogo...You can't lock out the 1.

The Subways are more MB but you do have a more Road posture, due to not being able to raise the handlebars and their relatively low design, especially if you raise the seat.

Edited by: "tightpants" 10th Aug 2013

Heat

banjobaxter

I actually bough a bike from there a couple of years ago, all looked … I actually bough a bike from there a couple of years ago, all looked great until I got on it, they had fitted one the toe clips the wrong way around



That's pretty crap, but I've also seen similar blunders from LBS too - I bought a bike from Paulscycles and they had attached the handlebar stem the wrong way around on the forks. If someone who didn't know much about bikes had got that, they would have fitted the handlebars and probably not noticed that their forks were the wrong way around. It had me pondering for 5 mins seeing that something wasn't quite right and not being able to put my finger on it.

When you buy any new bike, it's always worth going around it and checking that all bolts are on tightly and the gear shifters work as intended.

Also, if you are buying in store - ask them for some Helecopter Tape so you can put it on the bike and prevent cable rub. They will generally just give you a strip.

Limited edition.....limited to just five million...Halfords pricing is a joke in fact with most retailers its a joke when it comes to them stating the rrp. Was £800 now just £100 did has or would anyone ever have paid the imaginary rrp.

richkaos

Limited edition.....limited to just five million...Halfords pricing is a … Limited edition.....limited to just five million...Halfords pricing is a joke in fact with most retailers its a joke when it comes to them stating the rrp. Was £800 now just £100 did has or would anyone ever have paid the imaginary rrp.



Fair point, but back to bed with you until you can get out of the right side of bed ... otherwise your weekend will be ruined

andynicol

Thanks.Apologies to stephenasforth for hijacking the thread, but do you … Thanks.Apologies to stephenasforth for hijacking the thread, but do you see an obvious difference between these 2 ;Boardman Performance MX Race @ £499Boardman Performance Comp @ £499Both can be had for around £450 with the 10% discount code.Whats bothering me is the RRP, the Race bikes' RRP is £599, whereas the Comp is £549, one would assume that the Race bike is the better of the 2 when paying the same amount for them, BUT the Comp is 4kg lighter.



I have to admit I don't know a lot about bikes and the apollo mountain bike I bought from Halfords 10 years ago has been gathering dust in the garage since I moved house 5 years ago.

However I have been out on the bike a lot this year to help me lose weight and keep fit. I ride along country lanes and my route can be anything from 8 to 15 miles.

I now feel I can justify an upgrade as I am actually using the bike. I'm guessing a hybrid would be best for my purpose?

I'v also been looking at the Boardman comp as I can save 42% by going through a cycle to work scheme (Halfords)

Any advice much appreciated.

Edited by: "Gambler" 10th Aug 2013

I guy I know bought this bike a couple of weeks ago. It is a mountain bike with rigid forks, so not my 1st choice as a hybrid bike. It seems ok, but he has had problems with how Halfords put the bike together. We cycled into the work together this week (14 miles each way along road and cycle path) and nearly didnt make it thanks to Halfords incompetence. The rear wheel came untrue (if thats the right phrase) half way to work so we limped along with the rear brake disconnected to allow the wheel to spin and dropped it off at the Halfords in town. All fixed now but not what I would expect from a brand new bike.

stephenashforth

I am Scottish actually.



Sorry. No insult intended! (_;)

stephenashforth

I am Scottish actually.



Unlucky!

Rudyard Kipling wrote "To be born an Englishman is to win first prize in the lottery of life"

Hmm saw the word "Subway" and came into this thread thinking it was the most expensive subway sandwich ever!

So, I tried ordering 2 online and despite trying to enter the discount code a few times it wasn't accepted.

I placed the reservation anyway and the local Halfords branch called to confirm a few things, when I mentioned the code the manager said it's not a valid code so I cancelled the order.

Quick additional questions please -

Would a 20" frame be suitable for for a 5' 11" male with 30" inside leg measurement and for a 5' 7" female with a 29" inside leg measurement (who doesn't want a girls bike)?

Is it worth paying to put mudguards on these, or is that a bit naff?

Thanks
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