Cycle Surgery Closing Down Sale. Up to 70% off!
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Cycle Surgery Closing Down Sale. Up to 70% off!

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Posted 22nd May
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How strange why they are closing down when there is a current boom in bike sales?
Ralph88822/05/2020 11:59

How strange why they are closing down when there is a current boom in bike …How strange why they are closing down when there is a current boom in bike sales?



Despite the virus bike sales boom I have been of the view, for some years now, that bikes are pricing themselves out of the affordability bracket for most people. I think the cycle for work scheme has played a part in ramping up bike prices and, for many people, they ain't an option anymore.

I started noticing this about 3 years ago when, one summer, I noticed that most of the new bikes I saw locally, ridden by summer occasional riders, were Carreras from Halfords, where, in the years before, each summer I would see plenty of Specialized, Trek, Giant, etc, etc, bikes all new and shiny.
tawse5722/05/2020 12:26

Despite the virus bike sales boom I have been of the view, for some years …Despite the virus bike sales boom I have been of the view, for some years now, that bikes are pricing themselves out of the affordability bracket for most people. I think the cycle for work scheme has played a part in ramping up bike prices and, for many people, they ain't an option anymore.I started noticing this about 3 years ago when, one summer, I noticed that most of the new bikes I saw locally, ridden by summer occasional riders, were Carreras from Halfords, where, in the years before, each summer I would see plenty of Specialized, Trek, Giant, etc, etc, bikes all new and shiny.


Brexit mate, if the pound falls from $1.80 to $1.20, bike prices rise by 50%
tawse5722/05/2020 12:46

Did TV's, laptops, white goods, brown goods, clothing, your food from …Did TV's, laptops, white goods, brown goods, clothing, your food from overseas also rise by the same amounts? The answer to that is no.


er, the answer to that is... TVs and laptops are deflationary goods, white goods are mainly imported from Eurozone countries, and foodstuffs are actually a whole basket of costs, the minority of which are commoditised food prices (Dollarised), but generally food commodities declined during the period in Dollar terms and labour/transport costs were static.

Did far-east produced car prices rise by the same amounts? Yes they did (at least approximately)! Because then you're comparing apples with apples.
Edited by: "booboobeaker" 22nd May
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How strange why they are closing down when there is a current boom in bike sales?
Ralph88822/05/2020 11:59

How strange why they are closing down when there is a current boom in bike …How strange why they are closing down when there is a current boom in bike sales?


Was announced to staff in January that the business is unsustainable. So seems to pre-date the current climate.
Um.... things aren't that cheap in this sale. Only v modest reduction
Need some new wheels for my bike but they don't seem to have any full sets. Might get in touch to see if they're clearing out shops and uploading more stock to the site.
Ralph88822/05/2020 11:59

How strange why they are closing down when there is a current boom in bike …How strange why they are closing down when there is a current boom in bike sales?



Despite the virus bike sales boom I have been of the view, for some years now, that bikes are pricing themselves out of the affordability bracket for most people. I think the cycle for work scheme has played a part in ramping up bike prices and, for many people, they ain't an option anymore.

I started noticing this about 3 years ago when, one summer, I noticed that most of the new bikes I saw locally, ridden by summer occasional riders, were Carreras from Halfords, where, in the years before, each summer I would see plenty of Specialized, Trek, Giant, etc, etc, bikes all new and shiny.
They could’ve easily resurrected during this pandemic as everybody else has made more in two months than in an entire year normally. Crazy time to be a bike shop. Wish I’d had the foresight!
tawse5722/05/2020 12:26

Despite the virus bike sales boom I have been of the view, for some years …Despite the virus bike sales boom I have been of the view, for some years now, that bikes are pricing themselves out of the affordability bracket for most people. I think the cycle for work scheme has played a part in ramping up bike prices and, for many people, they ain't an option anymore.I started noticing this about 3 years ago when, one summer, I noticed that most of the new bikes I saw locally, ridden by summer occasional riders, were Carreras from Halfords, where, in the years before, each summer I would see plenty of Specialized, Trek, Giant, etc, etc, bikes all new and shiny.


Brexit mate, if the pound falls from $1.80 to $1.20, bike prices rise by 50%
booboobeaker22/05/2020 12:28

Brexit mate, if the pound falls from $1.80 to $1.20, bike prices rise by …Brexit mate, if the pound falls from $1.80 to $1.20, bike prices rise by 50%




Did TV's, laptops, white goods, brown goods, clothing, your food from overseas also rise by the same amounts? The answer to that is no.
tawse5722/05/2020 12:46

Did TV's, laptops, white goods, brown goods, clothing, your food from …Did TV's, laptops, white goods, brown goods, clothing, your food from overseas also rise by the same amounts? The answer to that is no.


er, the answer to that is... TVs and laptops are deflationary goods, white goods are mainly imported from Eurozone countries, and foodstuffs are actually a whole basket of costs, the minority of which are commoditised food prices (Dollarised), but generally food commodities declined during the period in Dollar terms and labour/transport costs were static.

Did far-east produced car prices rise by the same amounts? Yes they did (at least approximately)! Because then you're comparing apples with apples.
Edited by: "booboobeaker" 22nd May
I bought a Cannondale in California in 1991 for $1000. I brought it home and it was instantly worth £1000. Most bikes here are 40% more expensive then in the US. That's why I use this bloke now. I HIGHLY recommend him if you are after a fancy bike...

burls.co.uk/
So what happens when we do boexit from you know where. Will prices go up across the board?.
booboobeaker22/05/2020 12:59

er, the answer to that is... TVs and laptops are deflationary goods, white …er, the answer to that is... TVs and laptops are deflationary goods, white goods are mainly imported from Eurozone countries, and foodstuffs are actually a whole basket of costs, the minority of which are commoditised food prices (Dollarised), but generally food commodities declined during the period in Dollar terms and labour/transport costs were static.Did far-east produced car prices rise by the same amounts? Yes they did (at least approximately)! Because then you're comparing apples with apples.

spatter22/05/2020 13:08

I bought a Cannondale in California in 1991 for $1000. I brought it home …I bought a Cannondale in California in 1991 for $1000. I brought it home and it was instantly worth £1000. Most bikes here are 40% more expensive then in the US. That's why I use this bloke now. I HIGHLY recommend him if you are after a fancy bike...http://www.burls.co.uk/


That website is shocking. Do they want me to buy something or just scroll painfully through pictures?
y_geordie22/05/2020 12:08

Um.... things aren't that cheap in this sale. Only v modest reduction


Agreed and after a good hunt through the site I'm not really seeing any decent deals.
tawse5722/05/2020 12:26

Despite the virus bike sales boom I have been of the view, for some years …Despite the virus bike sales boom I have been of the view, for some years now, that bikes are pricing themselves out of the affordability bracket for most people. I think the cycle for work scheme has played a part in ramping up bike prices and, for many people, they ain't an option anymore.I started noticing this about 3 years ago when, one summer, I noticed that most of the new bikes I saw locally, ridden by summer occasional riders, were Carreras from Halfords, where, in the years before, each summer I would see plenty of Specialized, Trek, Giant, etc, etc, bikes all new and shiny.


Agreed and I just don't understand why. I bought a decent road bike for £500 with Tiagra components about 5 years ago. Now, a similar spec bike is about double that. There is inflation, but it isn't running at 100%, so what gives?
tawse5722/05/2020 12:26

Despite the virus bike sales boom I have been of the view, for some years …Despite the virus bike sales boom I have been of the view, for some years now, that bikes are pricing themselves out of the affordability bracket for most people. I think the cycle for work scheme has played a part in ramping up bike prices and, for many people, they ain't an option anymore.I started noticing this about 3 years ago when, one summer, I noticed that most of the new bikes I saw locally, ridden by summer occasional riders, were Carreras from Halfords, where, in the years before, each summer I would see plenty of Specialized, Trek, Giant, etc, etc, bikes all new and shiny.


Yep, think there's an element of this. I commute to work, had a second-hand hybrid. Been after a bike for about a fortnight now after mine was stolen and the price of them is crazy expensive at the minute.

Even this website, I'm 5'9 and theyre about £1k minimum in my size.
Edited by: "HangTheDJ" 22nd May
skgwho22/05/2020 13:57

Agreed and I just don't understand why. I bought a decent road bike for …Agreed and I just don't understand why. I bought a decent road bike for £500 with Tiagra components about 5 years ago. Now, a similar spec bike is about double that. There is inflation, but it isn't running at 100%, so what gives?


Many bikes and equipment are
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traded in US dollars so 1.6 to £1 5 years ago to 1.22 today
Trawled through all the components and this £35 saddle is/was about £80 elsewhere. Agree there are some inflated RRPs generally.

cyclesurgery.com/p/f…124
Second hand bikes are pretty cheap though, people can't be bothered to maintain stuff like bearings or buy the 57 hyper-specialised tools required to remove a hub, so once the "I've got all the best toys" effect wears off they get rid.
Edited by: "horsey" 22nd May
Cheapest men’s bike is £679... wow.
whatyadoinsucka22/05/2020 14:24

Many bikes and equipment are [Image] traded in US dollars so 1.6 to £1 5 …Many bikes and equipment are [Image] traded in US dollars so 1.6 to £1 5 years ago to 1.22 today


Fair point, and contributes to a c.32% price rise. Another 3% pa inflation over 5 years = c.20% (allowing for compounding). So c.52% price increase. I'm still seeing double.
And this presumes GBP to Chinese Yuan suffered 32% depreciation but looking at last 5 years, its gone from 9.6 to 8.6 (c.10%).
Ralph88822/05/2020 11:59

How strange why they are closing down when there is a current boom in bike …How strange why they are closing down when there is a current boom in bike sales?



They need to have a surgery.
wattsio122/05/2020 18:08

Cheapest men’s bike is £679... wow.


what a joke prices.. I stick with my 10 year old Specialized..
Edited by: "laccc" 22nd May
Why are bikes so blooming expensive? Can buy a second hand car for that price.
tawse5722/05/2020 12:26

Despite the virus bike sales boom I have been of the view, for some years …Despite the virus bike sales boom I have been of the view, for some years now, that bikes are pricing themselves out of the affordability bracket for most people. I think the cycle for work scheme has played a part in ramping up bike prices and, for many people, they ain't an option anymore.I started noticing this about 3 years ago when, one summer, I noticed that most of the new bikes I saw locally, ridden by summer occasional riders, were Carreras from Halfords, where, in the years before, each summer I would see plenty of Specialized, Trek, Giant, etc, etc, bikes all new and shiny.


Or maybe people are tired of having their expensive bikes nicked so just get cheap ones nobody will nick.
Bike component prices have been rising for the last 5 years or so.

Planet X used to do full Ultegra for 800-ish on acarbon frame. Now it is more like 1800.

Hard to find a reasonable road bike under a grand now and things like cassettes and chairing are expensive when they wear out.

Sticking with my cheap fixed gear.
I bought a Rohloff speedhub fourteen years ago. It's survived three frames and is probably still worth what I paid for it!
Marathon Plus tires are priced pretty nicely for a pair @£41.50. Unfortunately I am after 20" size
tawse5722/05/2020 12:26

Despite the virus bike sales boom I have been of the view, for some years …Despite the virus bike sales boom I have been of the view, for some years now, that bikes are pricing themselves out of the affordability bracket for most people. I think the cycle for work scheme has played a part in ramping up bike prices and, for many people, they ain't an option anymore.I started noticing this about 3 years ago when, one summer, I noticed that most of the new bikes I saw locally, ridden by summer occasional riders, were Carreras from Halfords, where, in the years before, each summer I would see plenty of Specialized, Trek, Giant, etc, etc, bikes all new and shiny.


Good call on bike to work scheme.

I do agree that bike prices are crazy these days. Last purchased one 10 years ago, which is still going strong, equivalent bike now is double the price I paid.
HangTheDJ22/05/2020 14:17

Yep, think there's an element of this. I commute to work, had a …Yep, think there's an element of this. I commute to work, had a second-hand hybrid. Been after a bike for about a fortnight now after mine was stolen and the price of them is crazy expensive at the minute.Even this website, I'm 5'9 and theyre about £1k minimum in my size.


I normally buy new cheap bikes under £150 from Argos or sportsdirect.

2 years ago I managed to pick up a year old Carrera Subway One for £125 that was barely used and have done over 3k on it already and still going strong. I would buy secondhand when it's time to replace as it would be cheaper and I could get a better bike for the money.
horsey22/05/2020 14:52

Second hand bikes are pretty cheap though, people can't be bothered to …Second hand bikes are pretty cheap though, people can't be bothered to maintain stuff like bearings or buy the 57 hyper-specialised tools required to remove a hub, so once the "I've got all the best toys" effect wears off they get rid.


Could even go further than that - I’m a lifelong cyclist and my MTB is a 1990s Cannondale I’ve owned from new, and my road bike is a 1970s steel Geoffrey Butler. I’m not racing so don’t need to upgrade to anything lighter, i don’t ride hard enough to need a disk brake bike - there’s a whole generation like me who could drop £1000 on a new bike but have no need or motivation to as our classic rides are trusty friends
Johnmcl722/05/2020 13:53

Agreed and after a good hunt through the site I'm not really seeing any …Agreed and after a good hunt through the site I'm not really seeing any decent deals.


That's probably because they're not really going to close down.
booboobeaker22/05/2020 12:28

Brexit mate, if the pound falls from $1.80 to $1.20, bike prices rise by …Brexit mate, if the pound falls from $1.80 to $1.20, bike prices rise by 50%



Plenty of bikes are made in Taiwan. Before Brexit we were getting >50 NTD to the £. Last time we went it was below 40 and it's now in the 35-36 range.

For some things there was scope within the supply chain to absorb some of the rise, maybe that isn't the case for bikes?

That said, we used to make plenty of bikes in the UK, driving prices as low as possible rather than supporting local industry is one of the reasons we don't any more.
I cracked my 1991 Cannondale. Then two Gary Fishers. I went off aluminum. I bought a titanium frame and cracked that! My best ever bike was my Giant ATX 890. It was SO quick
Edited by: "spatter" 22nd May
Stephen.Hughes22/05/2020 22:29

Plenty of bikes are made in Taiwan. Before Brexit we were getting >50 NTD …Plenty of bikes are made in Taiwan. Before Brexit we were getting >50 NTD to the £. Last time we went it was below 40 and it's now in the 35-36 range.For some things there was scope within the supply chain to absorb some of the rise, maybe that isn't the case for bikes?That said, we used to make plenty of bikes in the UK, driving prices as low as possible rather than supporting local industry is one of the reasons we don't any more.


Aren't all frames made in Taiwan! Minus ten per cent
spatter22/05/2020 22:30

I cracked my 1991 Cannondale. Then two Gary Fishers. I went off aluminum. …I cracked my 1991 Cannondale. Then two Gary Fishers. I went off aluminum. I bought a titanium frame and cracked that! My best ever bike was my Giant ATX 890. It was SO quick



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