BBC Watchdog - Flat Pack Bikes
9th November 2009
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Christmas is coming, and I always enjoy seeing families out on Christmas afternoon, walking off their turkey lunch and having their first ride on their new bikes.

There are some tempting deals around at the moment, with full suspension mountain bikes offered for under £100 - but what do you get for your money?

The BBC's consumer program, Watchdog, has investigated and tested a variety of "Flat Pack" bikes that are on offer from big High Street names at low prices.  Part of the reason they are cheap, one assumes, is because they leave the assembly to the buyer.  I'm sure this is OK for a coffee table from IKEA, but for a road going vehicle?

Two maxims spring to mind:

  1. You get what you pay for
  2. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is

The article is currently online on Watchdog's blog and makes interesting viewing.  I suggest you have a look.

It would seem sensible that unless you are a mechanic, buy an assembled bike.  There are some established bike shops in Worcester such as Worcester Cycle Centre.

thebestofworcester wants to champion the best local businesses, so why not recommend a bike dealer or mechanic here?

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