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by engy   April 9, 2012  

I currently have a boardman comp on the halfords cycle to work scheme, I am now able to renew with a new bike. I initially had the bike purley for commuting but the interest was as such i have joined a cycling club.

Im looking for a new bike but limited to £1000 and halfords. im stuck between the Carrera virago carbon and the boardman team bike but with an alloy frame. The specs are very similar the boardman is lighter despite being an alloy frame and has better rims.

Im struggling to choose...any help would be great ?




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Sounds like you a shortlist, I'd ride both and have a think.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3474 posts]
9th April 2012 - 12:29


thanks... ask for a test ride at Halfords.. apparently not allowed Sad

posted by engy [4 posts]
10th April 2012 - 9:53


Thinking didn't think of that.

Boardmans are fairly well-regarded, but then this very site gave the Carrera a good review. I suspect you would be happy riding either.

If you plan to upgrade the wheels, maybe go for the Carrera, if not, go for the Boardman.

Alternatively, pick the one that you like the look of - if you think it looks fast, you will be fast.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3474 posts]
10th April 2012 - 11:33


My wife had a quick test ride of a Boardman Hybrid last week Thinking . I think it was only around their shop floor so not a proper test ride but you might be able to get some feel for a bike with that. If I was you I would say something like "I would take my business else where if they didn't help me choose"

posted by Marauder [246 posts]
10th April 2012 - 12:53


Thanks guys

posted by engy [4 posts]
11th April 2012 - 10:38


You have a lot more choice than you think:

Halfords partner with a lot of independant shops UK wide, so you should be able to widen choice of brands a fair bit.

You just get Halfords to do the quote and let their cycle to work department know that it is a special order on their system, so that when you take the voucher to a participating store, that they can redeem it


posted by mr_fox [53 posts]
11th April 2012 - 14:03


That's true, Mr Fox,
But an even better idea would be to get your employer to sign up with another tax free bike scheme like Cyclescheme, either as well as or instead of Halfords, and then you'll have a much less restricted choice of bike shops and bikes to choose from and can go to a proper helpful place and avoid a silly shop that won't even let you try a couple of £1k bikes out before deciding which you prefer...

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posted by Chris [111 posts]
12th April 2012 - 13:08

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