Monday 27 November 2006 12.21pm
Well, off I trudge to get a replacement bicycle
(walk, walk, walk, "are we there yet?").
First stop On Your Bike
, Tooley street.
This is where I bought my last bike, and they have quite a good reputation. I expect some honest advice and to come away with a few good ideas. Sadly, I am dead wrong.
Hard sales and bad (in fact contradictory) advice. Simple questions are brushed aside with broad assertions. I am given very poor advice about frames, gears and locks. I do take one bike for a test ride, unsurprisingly it is not what I am looking for. I decide to look at a few more places.
Next stop Evans
, at least three (maybe more) branches in SE1.
In the past I have found them to be a poor show - with disinterested staff and a limited range of kit. I visit both the London Bridge and the Waterloo Road
branches. This time to my surprise the staff are quite helpful - enthusiastic even. We talk about what I had, whether I want/need something different, what options there are now and coming up. Good stuff. I test ride something that I would not normally go for and am pleasantly surprised.
Problems come when I ask about whether I can have some alternative parts fitted. While no bike shop ever really has a problem with this (you pay for the extra bits after all), surprisingly the sales guy think that it might not be possible - even though at the other Evans I was assured that it was). This makes me feel uneasy, I will give it a few days thought...
I will continue the search and buy in SE1 if I can, but it looks less likely now. For those interested, I did have a mountain bike - which I had adapted to make it faster. It was a lot of fun (but eminently nickable). Now I might get something similar, but I am also perhaps interested in getting a proper road bike.
Would you like to go with me?
Wherever I'm going
Are you *really* asking?
Is that your *real* answer?