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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Giant TCX SLR 2.2016. Brand new. £799

Giant TCX SLR2. 2016. Brand new. Medium. Best price on all other 2016 Giant bikes.

RRP £999.

My price £799

Giant Lust 2. 2015 demo bikes £950

Giant Lust 2. 2015. Demo bike.Medium.

RRP £1799

My price £950

Giant TCR Advanced 2. 2016. £999

Giant TCR Advanced 2. 2016. Brand new. Medium. Best prices on all other 2016 Giant bikes.

RRP £1249

My price £999

Giant Propel Advanced Pro 2. £1500

Giant Propel Advanced Pro 2. 2016. Brand new. Medium. Best prices on all 2016 Propels......

RRP £2149

My price £1500.

Giant propel Advanced 1. 2016. medium.£1299

Giant Propel Advanced 1. 2016. Brand new. Medium and large in stock

RRP £1599

My price £1299

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Giant TCR Advanced 1 2013 Test bike sale £1150

I have two 2013 brand new Advanced 1's left. One in M/L and one Large. Will sell them off for £1699 large and £1799 m/large

RRP £2499

My price £1600

Road Bike Hire.

I have decided that I will venture into road bike hire......but little by little will grow or not depending on demand. I realize that there is a big demand because I get requests nearly every day.........I also realize that prices in Cambridge for this type of hire is very expensive will try and make it cheaper for you.

I will hire you Giant Defy models and base it around the Defy 2/3 and 4 models for gents and the Giant Avail 2/3 for ladies.

1 day     £25
2 day     £40
3 day     £50
1 week  £80
2 weeks £125

Deposit £500

Giant Avail Advanced 3. 2015. £899

Giant Avail Advanced 3. 2015. Medium only. Brand new and unused.

RRP £1199
My price £899

Great colours !!

Giant Defy Advanced frameset. Brand new . Small. £950

Giant Defy Advanced frameset. Small. Brand new . Bike as standard was 2012 era with full carbon and overdrive 2 headset so everything you need for a long distance sports machine. I have done thousands of miles on this same frame ( mine pictured by van ) so can vouch for it. I have now ridden many,many carbon Giants and this is as usual as good as it gets on carbon bikes.

So.........I am supplying the frameset with all the expensive and (for you) difficult to find parts needed to build it into the thoroughbred you will end up with.


Full carbon uncut matching forks

Colour coded vector seatpost

Vector seatpost clamp

Overdrive 2 headset

Both derailleur hangers

Cable runner for underside of frame.

You will need to choose your groupset and wheels and handlebar stem and bars. I would recommend Shimano Ultegra with Giant SLR1 wheelset. I can do great deals on both those things ...........Price £950.

Giant Defy Advanced 1 and 2

Giant Defy Advanced 1 2014. In stock in following sizes...............

Medium £1799

Giant Defy Advanced 2

Large. In stock. £1400

Giant ATX 27.5 2. 2016. £299

Giant ATX 27.5 2. 2016. Medium. Brand new. Black and red not green.

RRP £349

My price £299

Giant Liv Alight 2. 2016. £349

Giant Liv alight 2. 2016. Small. Brand new.

RRP £399

My price £349

Giant Envie Advanced Pro 1. 2015. Demo bike. Medium

Giant Liv Envie Advanced Pro 1. 2015. From Giant's demo fleet. Medium. This bike is like new and an absolute bargain.

RRP £3699

My price £1999sold now

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Giant Defy and Avail 2016 clearance.

Giant Defy 0 2016 .£750

Giant Defy 1 disc .£750

Giant Defy 1. £650

Giant Defy 2 disc £625

Giant Defy 2 £550

Giant Defy 3 £475

Giant Defy 4 £399

Giant Avail 1 disc £750

Giant Avail 1 £650

Giant Avail 2 £550

Giant Avail 3 £475

Giant Avail 4 £399

All available currently but as each day goes on various models and sizes will be sold out

Friday, July 8, 2016

Further clarification on "The Giant Shop" !!

Another little bit of clarification !!Most of you who read my articles ( and I am most flattered and astonished at the numbers now of people who do!!) will now realize that the "Giant shop" is not Giant direct but another independent shop namely Rutland Water.Giant have paid for the refit with the deal only their bikes are sold in store.

However, many people are still confused .They think that when I say I will order a bike from Giant ,I receive it from the Giant shop in Cambridge !!Incredible ------the fragility of the human mind and the way it works sometimes.

All shops who sell Giant order them from the U.K Giant wholesaler in Leicester.

When a bike is on offer- as long as Giant U.K in Leicester have your size in stock-I will have the bike by 7a.m next day provided you order from me before 11a.m. I can assure you of excellent service and I will always be able to do the best price.

Bike Box hire.

Bike Box hire available.

Type of box --- Bikeboxalan.


1-7 days £45
2 weeks £70
3 weeks £ 92

Extra day £8

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Opening hours currently.

Normal opening hours now resumed.........however it will be sensible for you to phone before coming ....especially if you are travelling from it is the season for taking children to University Open days etc. Many thanks.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Rhonda Bombell

Rhonda Bombell

Ok. Back to the start of my 2 year trans continental trip. On arrival at Sydney airport it was quite a jolly affair. Remember this was mid 1980's when you could travel with your Swiss Army knife. In fact I remember bringing a WW 1 bayonet back from Frankfurt flea market on a flight into Stansted in those days !

The customs officer looked more like a Boy Scout to me....little khaki shorts with socks pulled up to his knee and held there by garters.

"GDay mate......not doing so well at the cricket" he chirped whilst glancing at my passport......

"Have a great stay" . Different world back then ,times have changed so much.

Lovely welcome ......but as I exited the terminal building I realised I was on my own again. I had nowhere to go and no idea where I was going. That lonely feeling was there again......what was I doing ......I could have been back in London having a great weekend with Lizzy with no stresses. I had one was of a friend of my sister. My sister was and still is generous to a fault and she had put up various Australian and NZ travellers for weeks on end over the years.

So I called Rosemary who had been a recipient of my sisters generous nature !

"Oh,oh, yes I suppose it will be ok....I will ask my parents" It came back as a reluctant positive so I made my way to their house......have no idea how I found it but I did. Very little to say about that really.......I don't mean to sound ungrateful but there was no warmth or friendliness or interest for you as a was more .....ok I am returning a favour here but when are you going?

I stayed a day or two and in that short time managed to meet Peter Ford who was a wheeler dealer Estate agent  from Sydney's north shore who had somehow done a deal whereby he ended up with a container load of windsurfing boards. Peter knew nothing of windsurfing or windsurfing boards but that had not stopped him opening up a shop to try and get rid of them.

"Come in on Saturday and see if you can sell any "

So I did and I did. In fact I sold two boards that day. He knew I was the guy for him and asked me if I could come and help again. Perfect for both of us. Plus his shop was in Collaroy on the north shore of Sydney .......just a walk from Long Reef which was one of the best wave sailing spots in Australia. The only problem with it was the proliferation of tiger sharks patrolling it's waters. When you are sailing short boards ,they have no buoyancy and therefore you have to water start to get going again if you fall in.....when the wind drops this can involve kicking with one leg in the water to help the sail pull you up and away........sharks love these frantic movements in the water. However when you are young you think you are invincible !

Looks like I had a job......things were falling into place.....fantastic. There was only one problem......I had nowhere to live. It was time to move from Rosemary's ....thank goodness. I had no idea where to go ,so headed to central Sydney and the youth hostel. Not sure why.....but you are at a is not easy. Sitting waiting in the Youth Hostel once again made me realise how unsettled I still was ...."I could only rely on myself here. It was like the Cataraman moment.......don't panic...."

And then out of nowhere I heard the clippety clop of high heels . Immediately I reacted ( I was a hot blooded 24 year old male) . I can still remember the sight now after all these years. The peroxide mass of hair , the tight top, and further down skin tight leopard skin trousers with the high heels tottering was an incredible package in perfect shape. I sort of pretended not to look as she draped herself over the reception counter

" Gday. My boyfriend has left and I need someone to help pay the rent. Do you know if someone might be interested?"

Even before she had finished the sentence my finger was in the air rather like a young lad putting his hand up to timidly answer a teachers question. She turned and looked at me ........she looked at me as a beautiful bird of prey would .......but I was happy to be the prey.

Within minutes we were out of the hostel and into her V6 Holden before heading out to the predominantly Greek area of Sydney's western suburbs.

"What is your name ?"I asked

"Rhonda Bombell"...............It was just perfect..........

Sunday, May 1, 2016

VSF T500 30 speed 2016 review.

We are already well into 2016 I do realise .......however I can only write these reviews when I am in the right mood for it .......and lately I have been !

The thing to realise though is that the VSF bicycles do not change with fashion and whim each year. Essentially the bikes will remain the same year by year as the models are tried and tested. However colours can change (for example Matt colours are very much in vogue with VSF this year) and this year Magura have redeveloped their hydraulic brakes. LEDs are rapidly developing and will be more and more powerful and efficient every year.

So to the 2016 T500 30 speed ........ Colours this year are ebony Matt and slate Matt for gents and lipstick red for ladies (great colour this one !) To fit in with the matt theme mudguards are coordinated with a matt finish too.

Frame is of course double butted 25 CrMo4 steel providing rigidity and compliance and allowing the whole bike to weigh in at 14.1 kgs .......making it the lightest bike in the VSF range. This light weight makes the bike the nippiest and most agile bike in their range along with the more highly specced T700. However you could also tour or trek with no problems .

Transmission is provided by Shimano Deore . Wheels are the tried and tested Exal MX19's which are double walled and eyeletted with stainless spokes. No probs carrying your weight if touring. Your panniers will be well supported by the  dog leg shape of the Racktime rear rack.

Lighting is powered by the Shimano LX front hub Dynamo powering a front BandM Lumotec Avy Led putting out 30 lux and the rear BandM Toplight Flat Plus......both with the addition of stand lights.

To help the nippy aspect of this fantastic bike it is shod with Schwalbe Marathon Racer tyres which at a width of 35 is narrow for VSF and allows for a balance for weight carrying and speed.

The Selle Royal Seta Performa saddle adds to the sporty feel and look of this bike ......

So in conclusion if you want a light and very nippy bicycle on which you can effortlessly commute many miles and still tour on , this may be the perfect steed for you.

Come and ride one.......they are usually in stock.
Light and nimble........suitable for fast commuting and also a capable touring companion.

Another view

Looking at the cockpit........straightish bars and fixed Ahead stem provides for a more sporty riding position

Matt slate colour with matt mudguards. 30 lux BandM front led.

Shimano Deore running gear for smoothness and reliability

30 speed transmission. exal MX19 rims .......double walled with eyeletted  stainless spokes. No problem carrying weight.

Dogleg rack for your panniers. Doublebutted steel frame for compliance and low weight. This is the lightest VSF machine at 14.1 kgs.

Selle Royale Seta Performa compliments the sporty and nimble feel of the bicycle

VSF T300 Nexus 8 speed 2016

The T300 has been one of my top 2 selling models of 2016. VSF have just got the bike right this year !! For a hub geared bike it just rolls so  well and yet it has all the advantages you want and need from a workhorse commuting cycle. The matt midnight blue is also a beautiful colour and has been a real hit with customers and does make it mouth watering to look at ! Let me explain........

Ideally if you have decided to go hub geared for commuting then you want all the extra plus points which go with that choice.....

Number 1 on that list is a fully enclosed  chainguard which you can always have on a hub geared bike.......but as you know so well is hard to find on the same old bikes you are shown in most bike shops !! So the T300 has the chain glider chainguard which is compact and very neat but still protecting the chain from adverse weather and your trousers or skirt from oil contamination.

The 8 speed shifter is twist grip but entirely reliable (unlike the derailleur geared twist grip monstrosities which have been prevalent over the last 15 or so years). A decent reliable twist grip changer means you can change gear on the move but also when stationary.......meaning that you do not have to anticipate gear selection each time you roll up at traffic lights.

The recently revamped Magura HS 22 rim hydraulic braking system is perfect for commuting bikes. The brake blocks from my experience last 3-4 times as long as vbrake pads and somehow produce much less swarth and dust. The hydraulic system is powered by mineral oil which is not hydroscopic and therefore needs no bleeding and almost minimal maintenance! They are superb!

Mudguards(SKS) , the lighting system ,the rack,the stand,the Japanese bell,neatly configured mini pump ........all coming as standard just make this bike the ultimate commuter .

The tyres at 42 mm give a great balance between comfort but still keep the bicycle incredibly sprightly.......and the T300 is very sprightly. It is a hard task to keep a hub geared commuting bike nippy and willing to "go". VSF are experts at this .......come and try and you will see what I mean.

One final point is the flexible handlebar positioning thanks to the very adjustable quill stem .......enabling you to sit up high if cycling in busy traffic or lowering to make the bike more sporty.

This is a great,great commuter cycle even if I say so myself !! But I do know about bikes........I have been doing this a long, long time and I know what is best for my customers............
Showing upgraded Magura HS22 brake lever and easy to use and reliable 8 speed shifter.

Showing colour coordinated matt SKS mudguards and BandM 30 lux front led with standlight

Matt midnight is a beautiful yet discreet colour and very popular.

Showing attractive black coloured nexus chainset and front section of chainglider chainguard.

Shimano LX front hub dynamo

Adjustable quill stem with comfortable handlebar shape.

Revamped  and stronger  bolts allowing for easy adjusting of saddle.

Ever faithful Exal TX19 double walled rims with stainless spokes.

Rack mounted BandM rear led with standlight

The 2016 T300 8 speed. It is a perfect city commuter.