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Re: help.Opinions about this bike wanted

paul
21 January, 2006 09:53PM
A few people have brought those into our shop to be built up as they need setting up. In all my years in the bike trade they have to be the most shocking piece of junk I've ever come across. You'd be better off taking them to a preist rather than a bike mechanic as only a miracle will get them working correctly from new. We end up having to replace parts and they still don't work, so after paying us ?50 the customer has paid ?100 for a pile of scrap.

It's not a special offer, Sterling House is the consumer arm of Universal who make lots of catalogue bikes and they have been doing similar offers for years. Ask yourself this...take away the cost of shipping from China, import duty, VAT and Universal's profit and what is the net cost of a ?50 bike? My guess is it cost ?10 to make.

Realistically a bike for the use you describe should cost just over ?200, it will be much nicer to ride so you'll use it more and get better value for money, and you'll save a fortune down the line in repairs. The analogy I use is a ?50 bike is equivalent to making a new car for ?1000...it could be done but they don't make them for obvious reasons.
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