BSO's......not necessarily all that bad

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BSO's......not necessarily all that bad

Postby Vantage » Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:26 pm

So today my girlfriend, her dad and I drove to Decathlon to buy her a bike. She'd been talking about getting one ever since we met 6 months ago so I've been gently nudging her to go through with it ever since. Her last bike some 10+ years ago was a rust bitten hunk of junk and had pretty much put her off cycling for good unsurprisingly.
She was all set to buy a full suspension mountain bike complete with a snazzy paint job for the bargain price of £109.99 when I promptly told her that would be over my dead body and explained why.
Today's wonder machine was had for £180, a decathlon original 3. Not quite super bike status but better than utter pile of ****. The shop assistant offered her the next model up for £30 more boasting it had a gel saddle, an alloy frame and bouncy forks and stating that the gel saddle alone was worth £29! Wow! Those forks must be awesome! She took one look at me, noted my expression and politely declined this super offer.
The three of us agreed that eventually she'll need a rack and panniers and a stand. She and her dad went to look those over and I offered to go get the spare inner tubes which despite me not checking were clearly 700 x 40c. Pam asked if I had the right size and I told her I knew what I was doing before pointing out the clear as a bell 26 x 1.75 markings on the tyre. After watching her dad almost die laughing and recovering from the thump on the shoulder she gave me I trundled off to get the right size tubes :D
Upon getting home and looking it over for her, she took it for a spin round the block to get used to the gears and make sure we'd set it up right then the pair of us took a ride to asda for some shopping. 2-3 miles maybe and despite cold horrible weather, she had a smile a mile wide the whole way :)
She's been talking about cycling to work a few nights a week, rides with the kids and her dad and me and generally seems happy with her new bike.
A good day all round methinks :)
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Re: BSO's......not necessarily all that bad

Postby LollyKat » Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:57 pm

Well done - may she have many happy hours on it! :)
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Re: BSO's......not necessarily all that bad

Postby karlt » Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:39 am

A £180 Decathlon bike is not a BSO. A £75 Dunlop full suss from Sports Direct is a BSO. Sometimes with the forks on back to front at no added cost.
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Re: BSO's......not necessarily all that bad

Postby al_yrpal » Fri Mar 21, 2014 10:26 am

Decathlons bikes are excellent. They don't sell BSOs as far as I know. They sell so many all over Europe their prices are way lower than brands where you are paying for oodles of marketing, not quality components.

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Re: BSO's......not necessarily all that bad

Postby Vantage » Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:42 pm

I have to admit, hi-tensile steel frame aside, the components on it don't appear to be too bad. The nice big tyres look far more comfy than mine :)
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Re: BSO's......not necessarily all that bad

Postby John Holiday » Mon Mar 24, 2014 4:24 pm

Good move! Glad we have another cyclist in our midst,who thanks to sensible advice, might just be encouraged to keep riding!
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