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Badly and expensively yes. Your local specialist is likely to be better value and have more experience than a 12 year old BMX rider who can only bunnyhop with stabilisers on :p
 
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Butters said:
Badly and expensively yes. Your local specialist is likely to be better value and have more experience than a 12 year old BMX rider who can only bunnyhop with stabilisers on :p
Got to agree with that but, you forgot that even though the youth in Halfords are all just sitting around doing nothing except playing with the car stereos there will be a 7-10 day wait for your bike to be seen.
 
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If you find a bike hut, and someone with some knowledge then yes. Since they have started dealing with some half decent bikes (kona, specialized, etc) they have also started employing people who know the difference between a cassette and a saddle. Which is handy!

My advice, go in there first, with your bike. If they guy looks like he hasn't got a clue, do a runner! I got a full chainset inc rear and front derailleur installed for about £10 including set up. I obv provided the parts. Was well chufferd, for that kinda money I can't even be bothered to do it myself!

Chris.
 
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An independent local bike shop would be the best bet.

But it is worth learning how to sort them out yourself as it is not that hard. You can go a long way with a screwdriver, pliers and allen keys.
 
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Doing it yourself is far more rewarding.

Tuning gears and brakes are more than likely just going to need the cables tightening. If i were you i would strip the cables out completely (providing you have cable brakes too) and put GT85 (WD40 but smells nicer!!! :D)in the black cable covering.

Put cables back in and adjust according to use/need. The gears may provide a bit tricky compared to the brakes but they aren't rocket science. I was doing it when i was 12.

While your at the brakes, go for some new pads.
 
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Just wondering if anyone knows if they do general repairs on push bikes? Need to get brakes and gears sorted :>)
Based on my experience with my local Halfords, whether they do repairs or not, I would avoid them at all costs.

Try to find a local specialist / enthusiast - you could google "The Association of Cycle Traders" (ACT) they have an on-line search facility that will find your nearest retailer.
 
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I was a mechanic at my local bikehut for 3 years. There are some staff that know what they're doing, and if you find them you'll get a cheaper job than at a local independent. It is risky though, as they are employing more and more monkeys and most of them have no idea.
 
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boycee said:
If you find a bike hut, and someone with some knowledge then yes. Since they have started dealing with some half decent bikes (kona, specialized, etc) they have also started employing people who know the difference between a cassette and a saddle. Which is handy!
Chris.

When did they get the specs in?

I would of thought that Specialized would have gone, "Pfff nubs??"
 
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Look on the store locator on the halfords website and see if your local store has a bike hut, my friend works in a bike hut and he knows what he is doing with bikes, don't know if they employ people who don't know what they're doing though.
 
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It really is luck with Halfords - sometimes you get students working there for a bit of extra cash who are genuine bike enthusiasts. If it just some ordinary idiot who needed a job and got stuck on the Bikehut he won't have a clue!
 
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