Spotted in Walsall’s new flagship Tesco store tonight. Children’s bikes, just begging to be bought as Christmas gifts, and at quite attractive prices, to boot. Just one snag: don’t follow the store’s assembly examples.
Tesco are not the only store to assemble bikes in this sloppy manner – ASDA received some awful publicity for the blooper after featuring such a bike in a TV commercial, and Halfords and other High Street retailers have also suffered for making the mistake. Lets be clear about this: the bicycles in question are junk and aren’t actually very good value at all. They roll off production lines in Vietnam or Thailand at around five to ten pounds each. They are made from the very cheapest components. In no time at all, adjusters will slip, threads will strip and parts will break or wear out. Amongst cyclists, these items are known as BSO’s – ‘bicycle shaped objects‘.
If you’re thinking of getting a youngster a bike for Christmas, try your local bike shop. There’s quite a few in the area, and they’ll all do a decent deal on a good quality steed for your nipper. There’s no substitute for knowledge and care, and it’ll be one hell of a lot safer. All the local guys will assemble, adjust and fit the bike to the child, and will have staff who know the correct way to install a set of forks.In short, they know what they’re selling, they care, and they want your repeat business. The big shops couldn’t give a toss.
Why take a chance?