Pyro Tim wrote:
I worked in Halfords BITD, as a spotty 15 year old, it funded my MTB habit. I have no problem with them at all, and think that certain stores where there is a lack of knowledge lets down the many others where there is a surprising amount of knowledge. On a Sunday, or in the evening when you need something while working on your bike, and all other bikeshops are closed, they can be a lifesaver.
i snapped a chain once just as i started my 9 mile journey home - i happen to work opposite a Halfords.
i went in, bought a new chain and fitted it (they leant me a chain tool) and was back on the road within 20mins. i like Halfords for this reason (and its also the reason i like bikes so much). just being able to nip into a shop and fix my bike. couldn't have done that with my car!
second story - same place again - just left for home and my rear mech gets caught up in my wheel, snaps and bends my rear mech hanger (99 FSR Elite). i nip into halfords, show them the mech hanger and they order the part there and then - amongst chatter about the bike itself and how 'sick' it was
still had to walk home though
friendly enough and seem pretty knowledgable as far as i can tell.
i used to work in Halfords in the car part department (17 at the time). the store i worked in had a good rep for car audio and bike expertise - and i held it down for the car part department
i've changed batteries and headlight bulbs on many different cars i can tell thee
of course there are some muppets, but you can spot these a mile off. never spent much in Halfords since i stopped working for them.
i do like a rummage in their bargain bins though
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