RIDGE MENS MOUNTAIN BIKE, £76.50 with code @ halfords free c&c
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RIDGE MENS MOUNTAIN BIKE, £76.50 with code @ halfords free c&c

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Found 2nd May 2017
Basic mountain bike that is great for general use, it may be low cost but as there is no suspension etc there is not a lot to go wrong, A lot of people will complain the gears don't change correctly or the brakes rub but this is because like even the most expensive bikes they need setting up correctly out of the box, most people think all they need to do is attach pedals and front wheels and off they ride, even a £2000 bike will need to be correctly set up and tuning, if you are not sure you can go on Sheldon browns website or there are plenty of you tube videos on bike maintanence.

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A2DY_

Use BIKES20 and it's £68


i'm waiting for the BIKES100 code
Love the 100kg+ men in lycra who think they are at the Olympics, deriding this bike because it's 2kg heavier than it should be hahaha
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Best source for bike maintanence, what this man did not know about bikes was not worth knowing sheldonbrown.com/bic…tml
I'd love to see steve peat ride this into the bomb hole at grenoside
Sold out nearby and not available for delivery :-(

EDIT: Found one!

There is also 4.5% Quidco which covers reserve and collect items plus good to know that Halfords will build the bike for you before you pick up for free if you ask them :-)
Edited by: "rd3d2" 2nd May 2017
OOS Edinburgh
Have ended up getting two - one for myself and one for the Mrs (She knows it's a man's).
Just got a call from Cheltenham telling me it will be ready for pickup tomorrow afternoon. (Picking up the other from Evesham!)
Asked them to "fit" slime in both wheels as we seem to live in a very thorny part of the country!
halfords.com/cyc…ant

Edited by: "rd3d2" 2nd May 2017
POWYSWALES

Best source for bike maintanence, what this man did not know about bikes … Best source for bike maintanence, what this man did not know about bikes was not worth knowing http://www.sheldonbrown.com/bicycleGears.html


Thanks for that, massively useful as my bike's skipping some gears while shifting and I need to figure out how to fix it. I got a folding commuter bike for £70 second hand and while it was rubbish to begin with I have been slowly tweaking every bit of it. Spent £15 replacing the front brake calipers most recently when the stirrup failed under emergency braking on the old stock brakes. That's the only money I've spent on parts (let's ignore new rear bags, lights, phone holder etc. for now). Cheap bikes can be pretty darned good with some basic tweaks.
rd3d2

Have ended up getting two - one for myself and one for the Mrs (She knows … Have ended up getting two - one for myself and one for the Mrs (She knows it's a man's).Just got a call from Cheltenham telling me it will be ready for pickup tomorrow afternoon. (Picking up the other from Evesham!)Asked them to "fit" slime in both wheels as we seem to live in a very thorny part of the country!http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bike-maintenance/bike-puncture-repair/slime-bike-tyre-sealant



Heard mixed reviews on the effectiveness of Slime, not put it in mine as I have presta valves but would be interested in other users experience of it.
I have a Giant hardtail MTB that cost £800 (although much less to me as I bought it through the "cycle to work" scheme).
I look at bikes like this and think they would be completely inadequate for my needs, but unlike all the other bike snobs I won't deride them. Others will tell you that you should save your money and get a second hand Scott or something, but let's face it - for £75 you won't even get a used "decent make" bike.
These bikes, whilst pretty terrible, are fine for light use/the occasional outing with the kids, etc... I wouldn't expect to be comfortable on one of these, but I grew up riding a Raleigh Grifter - and that was a beast.

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frakison

Heard mixed reviews on the effectiveness of Slime, not put it in mine as … Heard mixed reviews on the effectiveness of Slime, not put it in mine as I have presta valves but would be interested in other users experience of it.


I put slime in my mountain bike tyres a few years back, used the bike as a work horse pulling a Halfords bike trailer and road it off road a lot. Never got a flat for a good 2 years plus, then one day I got a large thorn in the tyre that the slime could not manage to seal, when I went to repair the inner tube I could see several puncture locations were over the 2 years the slime had done its job. I have a few bottles of slime but I only ever put it in a tube after I have had my first puncture, simply because if you put it in a brand new tube and the tube turns out to be faulty you have wasted half a bottle of slime.
Edited by: "SOUTHWALES" 2nd May 2017
POWYSWALES

I put slime in my mountain bike tyres a few years back, used the bike as … I put slime in my mountain bike tyres a few years back, used the bike as a work horse pulling a Halfords bike trailer and road it off road a lot. Never got a flat for a good 2 years plus, then one day I got a large thorn in the tyre that the slime could not manage to seal, when I went to repair the inner tube I could see several puncture locations were over the 2 years the slime had done its job. I have a few bottles of slime but I only ever put it in a tube after I have had my first puncture, simply because if you put it in a brand new tube and the tube turns out to be faulty you have wasted half a bottle of slime.



Halfords will put it in for you when you buy a new bike and guarantee it for two years so seemed like a good option.
frakison

Heard mixed reviews on the effectiveness of Slime, not put it in mine as … Heard mixed reviews on the effectiveness of Slime, not put it in mine as I have presta valves but would be interested in other users experience of it.



I've used it before. It adds a noticeable amount of weight to the wheels, exactly where you don't want to be adding weight.
Use BIKES20 and it's £68
A2DY_

Use BIKES20 and it's £68


i'm waiting for the BIKES100 code
A2DY_

Use BIKES20 and it's £68



​doesnt work for me
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adamspencer95

doesnt work for me


Just worked for me, make sure you type it in capitals and use BIKES20 not BIKE20
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Keep in mind that if you reserve one and they only have 1 or 2 instore the stock will include the display model.
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BIKES20 not working again it's only BIKES10
15kg is a crazy weight for a bike without any suspension but for the price it's probably okay. I'd be more worried about the quality of the components to be honest.

Edited by: "supermann" 2nd May 2017
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supermann

15kg is a crazy weight for a bike without any suspension but for the … 15kg is a crazy weight for a bike without any suspension but for the price it's probably okay. I'd be more worried about the quality of the components to be honest.


It's only 2kg more than your average Aluminium bike so I would not say it was crazy, ride it in just your underpants and you will be back on track weight wise.
Edited by: "SOUTHWALES" 2nd May 2017
supermann

15kg is a crazy weight for a bike without any suspension but for the … 15kg is a crazy weight for a bike without any suspension but for the price it's probably okay. I'd be more worried about the quality of the components to be honest.


Steel frame.
Old style quill head stem.
Only one front chainring!!

Seriously,if on a budget,would be better idea getting something bit more decent 2nd hand.
POWYSWALES

Best source for bike maintanence, what this man did not know about bikes … Best source for bike maintanence, what this man did not know about bikes was not worth knowing http://www.sheldonbrown.com/bicycleGears.html


Thanks for the tip!
Wow, disposable bike.
I have no idea how they manage to make and sell these for £85 or less, but I do know they won't be worth it!
Love the 100kg+ men in lycra who think they are at the Olympics, deriding this bike because it's 2kg heavier than it should be hahaha
POWYSWALES

I put slime in my mountain bike tyres a few years back, used the bike as … I put slime in my mountain bike tyres a few years back, used the bike as a work horse pulling a Halfords bike trailer and road it off road a lot. Never got a flat for a good 2 years plus, then one day I got a large thorn in the tyre that the slime could not manage to seal, when I went to repair the inner tube I could see several puncture locations were over the 2 years the slime had done its job. I have a few bottles of slime but I only ever put it in a tube after I have had my first puncture, simply because if you put it in a brand new tube and the tube turns out to be faulty you have wasted half a bottle of slime.




Good info. Any tips on dating women from Powys?

Edited by: "tawse57" 3rd May 2017
On a positive note, at least you won't have to buy a lock as no-one is going to steal this bike.
POWYSWALES

It's only 2kg more than your average Aluminium bike so I would not say it … It's only 2kg more than your average Aluminium bike so I would not say it was crazy, ride it in just your underpants and you will be back on track weight wise.


2kg more than your average full suspension aluminium bike, maybe?
It's 4.5kg more than my 6" travel full suspension bike, but that did cost me a good bit more, despite being second hand.

However, that's not why I'm going to criticise it.

A while ago I got a similar cheap halfords bike to ride at Glastonbury festival - something that wouldn't be the end of the world if it got stolen. Despite not exactly being an 'extreme' environment, several bits had broken by the end of the festival, despite not having that much use (mostly just to and from my campervan.)

Also, while not having any gears at the front does stop people messing up gear changes so much, it looks like you get a pretty poor range at the rear - no granny gear, which would have been nice in this case.
Edited by: "_g_" 3rd May 2017
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_g_

?2kg more than your average full suspension aluminium bike, maybe?It's … ?2kg more than your average full suspension aluminium bike, maybe?It's 4.5kg more than my full suspension bike, but that did cost me a good bit more, despite being second hand.However, that's not why I'm going to criticise it.A while ago I got a similar cheap halfords bike to ride at Glastonbury festival - something that wouldn't be the end of the world if it got stolen. Despite not exactly being an 'extreme' environment, several bits had broken by the end of the festival, despite not having that much use (mostly just to and from my campervan.)Also, while not having any gears at the front does stop people messing up gear changes so much, it looks like you get a pretty poor range at the rear - no granny gear, which would have been nice in this case.


And what are the several items that broke? The reason I ask is I purchased a bike very similar to this from woolworths many years ago and nothing has failed, the woolworths bike was only £30 in there closing down sale.
Edited by: "SOUTHWALES" 3rd May 2017
I'd rather ride a Boris - London Bike, even with Santandar logo on it, cheap and Halfords recked two of my previous bikes in past, wrong parts fitted to a bike that cost me £1,500 and young staff who didn't have got a clue, when I asked them for an Armadillo tyre. I now take my bikes to a local independent dealer, where most of the staff are cyclists, that ride in races from beginners to advance distances. Yes, it does cost a little more, but I get my bike back in the condition to ride in events or too work. With great service and friendly professional staff. I'd give this a miss, spent a little extra and get yourself a 'Specialized', worth the money to spend little extra!! Its Cold, its must be Halfords!!!
Edited by: "eragon999" 3rd May 2017
eragon999

I'd rather ride a Boris - London Bike, even with Santandar logo on it, … I'd rather ride a Boris - London Bike, even with Santandar logo on it, cheap and Halfords recked two of my previous bikes in past, wrong parts fitted to a bike that cost me £1,500 and young staff who didn't have got a clue, when I asked them for an Armadillo tyre. I now take my bikes to a local independent dealer, where most of the staff are cyclists, that ride in races from beginners to advance distances. Yes, it does cost a little more, but I get my bike back in the condition to ride in events or too work. With great service and friendly professional staff. I'd give this a miss, spent a little extra and get yourself a 'Specialized', worth the money to spend little extra!! Its Cold, its must be Halfords!!!




Love these nerdy bike comments. I dont even know what a "specialised" bike does. I think if this gets me down to the shops and back then its well worth it.
Tempted to get his for my 12 year old son who will not give a monkeys it's not got competition parts on it or weighs more than a £3000 bike. I saw one in store last week and it looks great for the money.
usetheforceluke

Love these nerdy bike comments. I dont even know what a "specialised" … Love these nerdy bike comments. I dont even know what a "specialised" bike does. I think if this gets me down to the shops and back then its well worth it.


Specialized is a brand.

Yes it may be fine to get you down the shops and back, but good luck when the brakes fail on a steep hill, or the chain snaps and you're stranded. Bikes are something really worth saving up for or buying quality used. Don't buy these bike shaped objects from Halfords- it'll only encourage 'em to make more!

Decathlon have a decent range of beginner bikes starting at ~£150. They have the pluck to guarantee the components for 3 years and the frame for life, and you'll almost certainly receive better service in their stores.
Sp0oner

Tempted to get his for my 12 year old son who will not give a monkeys … Tempted to get his for my 12 year old son who will not give a monkeys it's not got competition parts on it or weighs more than a £3000 bike. I saw one in store last week and it looks great for the money.



Completely with you on this. Most kids won't give a damn about the specs of the bike. Jeez, when I was younger my first bike was a rusty purple hand-me-down from my older sister, and my second was a Raleigh Grifter. The Grifter weighed about a tonne, and if it fell on you, you would be trapped for days until someone borrowed a crane to lift it off!
Despite the fact that it weighed a tonne and was bigger than me, I loved it! This Halfords bike is luxurious in comparison - but people here will tell you their little snowflakes will be put off cycling for life if it's an ounce over 14kg
Christ, people complaining because it's Halfrauds, yet recommending to buy a secondhand bike that you have no idea how it has been used! It's CHEAP. For a reason it has 6 speed, to get the price down. But you could upgrade it to 18, the frame is made for it. This might break, that might let you down, and all the usual rubbish about Chinese. Nearly everything around us comes from China today.
Anyway, I like this old guy's ingenuity - he's in the 65 and up age group. Wonder what the cops think when they see him riding it!
He says he bought this bike because he had an 80cc petrol engine he wanted to fit to a bike for a project.
The bike had to be sturdy, 26 inch frame without spring suspension or rear disc brake. No need for fancy gears.
The bike was easy to assemble and the engine fitted like a glove. The bike now goes uphill like a train, freewheels downhill, and can be pedalled with motor off, if somewhat hard work, as the bike is a bit heavy now. Overall quality fine and very good value for money. Halfords service was excellent. That's some recommendation. He ought to publish details how to do this mod.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y148/montybay/RidgebikeMODDED.jpg
I have just ordered a bicycle for my partner on May Day. I wondered if I could get it cheaper with this code.
It was more expensive. When I ordered it, there was a Bank Holiday 20% discount.
wooshbikes.co.uk/?bali Just bought one of these. Made in china, but really well put together . Best thing I ever bought. U can really get around with this. If U have got £1k to spare. Very good investment.
POWYSWALES

And what are the several items that broke? The reason I ask is I … And what are the several items that broke? The reason I ask is I purchased a bike very similar to this from woolworths many years ago and nothing has failed, the woolworths bike was only £30 in there closing down sale.


From memory; pedal, chain and wheels went out of true *really* quickly.

Edited by: "_g_" 4th May 2017
stevejames927543

http://wooshbikes.co.uk/?bali Just bought one of these. Made in china, … http://wooshbikes.co.uk/?bali Just bought one of these. Made in china, but really well put together . Best thing I ever bought. U can really get around with this. If U have got £1k to spare. Very good investment.


A little research and you can get a good bit better spec DIY second hand one for a lot less.
Generally these bikes are pretty much fit for purpose and still enjoyable to ride. The heavier weight makes them uncompetitive with dearer bikes performance wise but they have great weight capacity and are good for improving fitness. The normal issues with such cheap bikes is rushed assembly in the factory so grease may be missing. The rear axle might be a bit too weak so can get bent with heavier riders or drops (replace with a chromoly rear axle). Obviously at this price point there are compromises and you can't perform drops and take over rough uneven ground but fine for bridleways and loose surfaces. I rode for many thousands of miles on such a bike doing a commute of 8 miles each way per day. It did exactly what I wanted help me improve my fitness and loose a lot of weight.
_g_

[quote=stevejames927543]http://wooshbikes.co.uk/?bali Just bought one of … [quote=stevejames927543]http://wooshbikes.co.uk/?bali Just bought one of these. Made in china, but really well put together . Best thing I ever bought. U can really get around with this. If U have got £1k to spare. Very good investment.

A little research and you can get a good bit better spec DIY second hand one for a lot less.[/quote

Did have a look around. Wanted new. Could have picked a s/hand one up for £700 . This was this was the best spec out there , for a new £1k bike . This is crank driven. Not wheel driven. Goes off road with no problems. If U just want a bike for commuting , U can pick a s/hand one for a few hundred quid , as U said.
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