I managed to get both a long and sleeved version yesterday Just be aware that the Halfords website said the short sleeved version was out of stock locally in my size, and the nearest store with stock was 50 miles away. Hence, I only ordered the long sleeved version locally and when I went to collect, to my surprise they had the short sleeved in my size on the clothes rack. Luckily ended up with both. For the money they are excellent value and decent quality. Fit wise...I would say they are a touch tight I'm a Medium and still have Medium but a bit tighter than would ideally like. Large would definitely be too big though For some reason the long sleeved version feels a bit looser than short sleeved
Just collected my long sleeve top. Decent quality and 50% off the tag price. Highly recommended for anyone wanting decent quality kit at a reasonable price. Don’t worry about what a couple of clowns in here say, get out on your bike in whatever you want to wear and enjoy yourself!
Cheers, my own worst enemy with it to be honest, always competing against myself haha. Usually get between 19 and 21mph depending on route, weather and how I'm feeling etc.
Aerodynamics yes, it’s the reasons planes fly and cars now use less fuel. It’s a reason pro riders that buy expensive kit (not this tat) wear this type of stuff, shave their legs, shave their arms, shave their heads, wear special helmets, buy light bikes you can lift with one finger and wear special shoes etc etc.
Have you heard about aerodynamic?
Posted 17th Aug 2020Posted 17th Aug 2020
Boardman Cycling Jersey with pockets £20.00 C&C @ Halfords£20Halfords Deals
Click and collect. None near me in size but hope helps others. Amazing how expensive largely polyester branded cycling jersey’s are with zipped pocket(s). At this price it’s a dece… Read more
What you said could be construed as saying the Boardman MTX is 2kg heavier than the Giant Escape, as you've specifically stated the forks are around 2kg heavier. I get what your saying, you've said it on other threads, front suspension forks are heavier, but please put it into context and state the overall weights when comparing 2 models so folks can make a judgement (y) I'm sure folks would appreciate a link to your recommended Giant Escape around this price......
I'm not sure what you mean I clearly stated above that its about 2kg heavier due to the suspension fork but you can't use that to compare to another bike as its weight may be in different areas. It might have a lighter or heavier frame or different wheels etc. Here is a typical Suntour suspension fork for a 700c hybrid bike. It starts at 2.42kg for a the 50mm travel version with minimum features. https://www.srsuntour.com/sl/products/fork/NEX-6282.html It's roughly 2kg approx heavier because of having the suspension fork over a rigid fork. The reason I recommend Giant is because they manufacture many of their own components and they are extremely well regarded for the quality of their components which are very well engineered but that doesn't mean they will always be the lightest. Giant are rated to up to 160kg total load and have a lifetime warranty on the frame and forks even CF forks. Saying that for road bikes Giant are often extremely competitive for weight, even their entry level Contend model comes in at less than 10kg.
You commented similarly on the Carrera post. As you are only comparing 2 models, your comment/review comes across, again, like 1 bike is 2kg heavier than the other. You say the Boardman MTX 8.6 has front suspension weighing around 2kg, and that you prefer the Giant Escape. After much searching I find the Giant Escape 1 Disc 2019 (£500) is around 12.7kg, so 'only' 1.3kg of a difference and not the 2kg. I do find it strange that you comment so much on threads re frames etc but can't put the facts down re weight(s) for folk to form an opinion and/or preference.
7005 means the factory is probably quite basic, the better factories don't use 7005 anymore but Halfords may have gone with 7005 because of the labour costs involved in making a smooth weld frame depending on how its done, either filling, double welding, removing weld material it costs extra money to create an aluminium frame that looks like a carbon fibre frame and so a lower end factory with lower labour costs might have been required. As much as I like many of Halfords bikes for value often Boardman are at a price that higher quality brands compete in, Giant for example which to me are better bikes. I don't like suspension forks on a hybrid anyway, it adds a lot of weight typically for these suntours 2kg approx over rigid forks. Personally I'd be looking at the Giant Escape range at this price point especially 2019 year bikes and avoiding suspension forks on a hybrid.
I also found it strange this colour was reduced a lot more than the other colours, the blue is £50 off (£500) and the black (best colour IMO) is still full price at £550. I ordered it with the xmas day 10% code, after Quidco, it comes in at £363, I'd never pay £550 for it though, will post a review in due course, collection date is the 4th.
Posted 21st Nov 2019Posted 21st Nov 2019
Black friday Deals at cycle republic on Boardman and other bikes e.g Boardman MTX 8.6 Limited Edition Mens Hybrid Bike - 2019 £399.99£399.99Cyclerepublic Deals
Boardman mtx 8.6 limited ed 2019, was £550 now £399. Thought it was a pretty good deal so I'd share
Picked my bike up today. Usual really good build quality and is smooth as silk on the rd, I know it a little thing but I hate the grips they put on now. Other than that another great bike with a great price. I think anyway..
This or the Voodoo Bantu posted earlier ? Mainly tarmac, bit offroad mainly TPT
This indoor turbo ight be the perfect partner for his bike https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/tacx-flow-t2240-interactive-turbo-trainer-165-at-halfords-less-10-for-bc-members-3335118
I need a bike what bike would someone recommend for a beginner cyclist in London! I can ride a bike I have been riding since I was little but haven’t ride for years but I want to get back in cycling
Bottom end of the Boardman range but undoubtedly good quality
Posted 28th Oct 2019Posted 28th Oct 2019
Boardman HYB 8.9E Mens Hybrid Electric Bike - Now £1,782 with code at Halfords£1,782£1,98010% offHalfords Deals
Reserve in store and pay with discounted gift vouchers (usualy another 10% off) (pirate)
Same price in red if anyone prefers it.
I have an Ultegra groupset bike and another winter hack with Tiagra/105 mix. It is like night and day between the two. And I don't mean the gearing, it is the slickness and effortless of gear changes. And for the comment about a £100 bike to avoid being nicked, if you are a serious cyclist riding a £1K bike you should be riding it outside not parking it. If I am using my bike to travel somewhere and then have to park it outside then I use my £30 year old town bike which has more emotional than financial value.
Thanks for this OP. Reserved one item online and went to collect and loads of other stuff was available in-store. Dead chuffed, saved me a fair bit.
I've got an xxl top (the teal/orange double sleeve one) reserved behind the counter in warrington if anyone wants it ( picked one up closer to home).
Thank you so much, OP! I got 4 on line, which I collected yesterday. Whilst there, saw some more on the rails, and bought another 4, including the rain jacket. Total of £45 for 8 items!! Superb deal!!! (y)
In my experience cycle republic will price match any other price anyway be it halfords or another store . I had them price match a lock that evans had on sale . Only reason I wanted it from CR was because I was getting a boardman bike on bike to work from them .
great deals but no stock near me
Posted 23rd Oct 2019Posted 23rd Oct 2019
Boardman Mens Long Sleeve Thermal Jersey Black/Green - Medium £5 @ Halfords (Free Click + Collect)£5Halfords Deals
Very good offer (y) Keep warm on those winter days. Originally £27 Available in-store only / free click+collect - Halfords Same price at Cycle Republic - Small size only … Read more
Decent wheels and position on the bike will make the most difference , and a well designed frame will improve on bike comfort after say 100miles ( although this frame is all about speed and less about comfort). I know plenty of strong chaps riding 1k bikes very well. But then I also know plenty that ride over £4k bikes even better! It's as much about enjoying the bike as one would a Lotus Elise for example. No need for di2 in my experience but I'm sure its lovely.
I don’t cycle enough to warrant the price but for those who do, does it make a huge difference have a good bike over a cheap one?
Speaking of which it was great to see all those big kids cycling around Yorkshire on their kids toys today in the slightly less than optimal weather!
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All fair comments, but I think you're probably over-generalising about this specific bike. Higher-end Boardmans tend to get pretty good reviews in general, including the disc version of this specific bike: https://road.cc/content/review/259894-boardman-slr-96-disc (No comments about "flimsy, cheaply made wannabe" in there, you'll note!) FWIW, no I wouldn't have this particular bike. Sadly, brand affinity (or otherwise) very much exists in the used market and a bike with the Boardman name is never going to shift for the same money as a Spesh, Trek, Giant, Scott, Ridley etc. etc. Only if you paid little enough in the first place to offset this would it even be worth considering and, sad though it might be, I think this one probably isn't cheap enough for that. I always try to buy bikes that I want to ride rather than bikes that are easy to sell, but you've always got to have half an eye on resale unless you plan to keep it for ten years and this would steer me elsewhere in this particular case.
Posted 3rd Aug 2019Posted 3rd Aug 2019
Boardman ADV 8.8 Adventure Bike £640 @ Halfords£640£80020% offHalfords Deals
Great spec adventure/gravel bike (i.e. suitable for on road and off road, although not a mountain bike) for the price. I purchased the model above this (8.9, which has better bra… Read more
Will give it a try. It's this with the seat slightly lower!
Just go to any old halfords and sit on one - any road bike is going to have a more aggressive position than you've mentioned, not really sure how handlebars can be 6 inches higher than seat lol
Thanks. I guess my final concern is the riding position. I'm used to a fairly sit up and beg position on my current road bike with handlebars around 6 inches higher than seat. This and other current hybrids seem to have a more leaning forward geometry which I'm not sure would be so comfortable for long distance touring.
It's more on-road biased I'd say, so I think it would be perfect for that! Not that much heavier than a pure road bike, but with wider tyres which can handle rough surfaces much better
Would this be a reasonable choice for riding mainly on country roads with a few gradients thrown in and for occasional chucking on some saddle bags with a lightweight tent etc or is it too off-road biased?
Posted 9th Jul 2019Posted 9th Jul 2019
Boardman Team Carbon 105 Men's Road Bike - 2017 - Limited Edition - £749.99 @ Cycle Republic£749.99£1,249.9940% offCyclerepublic Deals
Here is carbon road bike that I found. BARGAIN!! Shimano 105 as well
Yeah Boardman got bought out by Halfords in 2014, but I think Chris Boardman maintains the rights to the high end Boardman bikes (the 9 series). The Boardman bikes themselves I think are fine, I have an old one myself and never had any issues with it. Don't forget Halfords sell lots of bikes and so will therefore inevitably have more complaints than other bike shops. Usually out of the box the bike will just need its handlebars, wheels and saddle/seatpost attaching, none of which are in any way difficult to do, assuming nothing has got damaged in transit and the rest of the bike was set up OK in the first place. If you're worried about the bike set up take it to a proper bike shop in your local area (i.e. not Halfords, lol) and ask them to set it up for you (shouldn't be expensive). Nearly all minor maintenance jobs can just be viewed online - check out the GCN videos for most bike tasks like gear indexing etc, it's pretty easy so long as there's nothing technically wrong with the bike. Oh yeah, make sure you have a pair of pedals for when it arrives too (y)
I thought it was commonly known that Cycle Republic was Halfords. They sell exclusive Halfords brands like Carrera plus Voodoo and Boardman which are exclusive brands to Halfords in the UK. I think and Boardman is owned by Halfords anyway. Also Tredz is part of Halfords. If you are receiving a parcel surely it is you that will be doing the final assembly of the bike anyway so no Halfords staff involved. Basically the bike is assembled at the factory but needs final assembly and checks by yourself. Bikes can come in a horrific state from the factory even top brands like Cannondale can be very poorly assembled and rely on the dealer to sort the issues. I saw a recent youtube sickbiker video where factory assembly was a complete joke but this is normally sorted by the local bike shop before the customer receives it. I remember reading a forum posting where someone had started assembling their bike and on placing the saddle and saddlepost into the seat tube the saddle detached from the saddlepost and the saddlepost just fell into the seat tube and lodged itself close to the bottom and wouldn't come out. I think it was solved by spraying in WD40 and vigorously shaking the bike upside down. Factory assembly can be pretty awful with bolts not properly tightened and missing grease in bearings. I spoke to a bike shop owner a while ago and he stated that factory assembly has gone down in quality and bike shops have to do a lot more to get bikes ready for customers. Possibly caused by moving from countries like Taiwan and mainland China to countries like Cambodia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka etc. I think my Carrera Subway 8 was made in Vietnam but no idea about assembly quality there except they had fitted a bottom bracket that was faulty and had to be replaced by Halfords but it could have been faulty from the factory or failed while Halfords were testing it.
Oh crap! Just got a text saying your HALFORDS parcel will be delivered today. Yipee!! then reread it twice and saw the words HALFORDS parcel and my heart sunk like a stone. Oh (poo) Just did a quick Google and Cycle Republic is a HALFORDS cycle "only" branded shop.... I pray it's not another death trap bike again. From the Guardian 4 years ago "Davies, who joined the group just over two years ago, said the new Cycle Republic would give Halfords a way to operate in central London and other big cities where it wasn’t economic to operate its main stores. He also hopes the smaller stores will draw in cycle enthusiasts who didn’t think the range or expertise on offer in its main stores was good enough." You got that one right......
You are probably right, but in the back of my mind, I was thinking, this bike is too nice for someone that has not ridden in a long time. I feel like I'll trash it. Definitely not a commuter bike, I live 40+ miles from work.
You're going to end up buying two bikes if and when you get back into it. Cycling on my Faster I realized how much energy i'd wasted on my original Boardman, but it had saved me loads and loads of money not buying a annual travel card. Be warned when purchasing from Gumtree https://road.cc/content/feature/159190-interview-inside-mind-bike-thief-understanding-criminals-key-protecting-your
Posted 4th Jul 2019Posted 4th Jul 2019
Boardman Elite Air Signature Mens Road Bike 2017 - £3,200 @ Cyclerepublic£3,200Cyclerepublic Deals
Boardman Elite Air Signature Bike (2017 model) from Cycle Republic (Halfords offshoot). Huge saving over the RRP of £5999 Only size XS left (for riders 5'6" to 5'8") This looks l… Read more
You didn't say why yet again. And I asked so many times. Shame. I was going to tell all the people collecting bikes for £3000 to £6000 from my shop tomorrow why they shouldn't bother. Oh well. I'll enjoy the profit I guess.
We've got one here lads, some village is missing its idiot.
Please. I want you to persuade me, your vigorous fervour is so alluring. I sincerely wish you would tell me the answer to my question - £3200 on a bike is ridiculous because.....
If this was a good deal it would be voted hot but only you seem to think its a good deal for whatever reason. - 103 ice ❄ cold (:I (:I (:I (:I (:I (:I (:I (party) (party) (party)
Half the time when you C&C Halfords don’t actually have your stock! I drove 40 miles (round trip) the other day for something, and when I got there, they didn’t even have any in stock! Let me choose something off the shelf for a higher price mind...
Waterproof jacket without a hoodie. (confused)
Just ordered for collection at my local store. Not available for delivery but click and collect available. Thanks
nope still available in store, just double checked.
reserved one at my local halfords for the wife when the deal went live. wonder if there out of stock instore as well
Posted 10th Jan 2019Posted 10th Jan 2019
All Boardman cycling clothes half price in Halfords - free c&c / £3.99 delGoogle Store Deals
Boardman appear to be good quality cycling clothes which my hubby seems to like and all are currently half price in Halfords, starting at £12 for T-shirt to £29.50 for a coat. Thes… Read more
Thanks OP, Boardman clothing is also available at Cycle republic (part of Halfords) and they offer free delivery over £10 which is what I went for. Might be useful for those that can't collect https://www.cyclerepublic.com/clothing/clothing-clearance.html
Posted 22nd Dec 2018Posted 22nd Dec 2018
Boardman Team Carbon Mens Road Bike 2017 £650 @ Cyclerepublic£650£80019% offCyclerepublic Deals
Great price for this,I own one,paid more but have been very happy with it.only one size unfortunately.
Agree that tyres make a huge difference although I think you downplay the benefit of a wheel upgrade as most (even high end) bikes come with embarrassingly crap wheelsets for the overall price of the bike. Completely disagree about your road bike comment. This is a comment that (if you'll excuse me) reflects poorly on your own level of experience as I'm sure any regular club rider would not make such a comment. Try taking part in a club group ride on your flat bar hybrid and see how well you get on... Comment on groupset is well made. Even modern, cheap-ish versions change well and reliably. That said, the new hydraulic Ultegra stuff is pretty magic...! :)
Can we just have constructive comments on the deal please....I personally have never owned a boardman bike so cannot comment on how good it is. It is however an endurance based bike with Tiagra. You can also get 10% off this price with the code Rudolph10 So for £585 it is a great deal. I will just add that Carbon bikes are strong and less susceptible to fatigue failures, they also tend to be stiffer so more energy gets laid down in the tarmac. They are however brittle and repair costs can be expensive. A friend cracked the frame on his Focus by placing it against a lamppost.....£220 to repair. I would also say that losing weight will be your biggest performance gain, followed by wheels and tyres, then frame. I would also say that heavier riders should not be discouraged from riding a Carbon bike as the response,speed, and stiffness are great and having a good bike may just be the thing that makes you enjoy it and stick at it. But whatever you do please try it before you buy it (unless you know this is exactly what you want) as an uncomfortable poorly fitted bike will make you ache.....hot from me!
Please show me where Giant, the Nasa engineer who will build you a carbon fibre frame or the british cycling network concur with you and your own definition of what is in engineering deemed durable. All examples you have given show you do not understand the term. As to the rest of the twoodle there is another term you clearly need to look up is psychological projection. Just remember next time you watch a space launch, F1 car or fly on a plane that all these must be engineered purely for performance and not durability, according to yourself, as they all leverage carbon.
You seem to think you know better than Giant, the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world by revenue and one of the most successful carbon fibre frame manufacturers, a very skilled Carbon fibre expert and the British Cycling network. Again no one is saying carbon fibre hasn't got it's place but its a performance material that compromises other elements to a bicycle including safety. Clearly you are someone who values his own opinion very highly but sadly in my experience your opinion on most subjects is often moronic to say the least or at least seems to have little capacity to take a moderate position preferring to swing to an extreme position where it just makes no sense at all.
It is the inverse in the sense that the misinformation is from your own bias that you are perpetuating here. To keep it simple your statement is carbon fibre is not durable, your engineer frienreferenced will even commission you a carbon fibre frame if you wanted. To be clear it is complete nonsense and tom reys is correct in that it is durable.