Sunglasses

rog_london

Esteemed Pedelecer
Jan 3, 2009
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Harrow, Middlesex
Has anyone tried to buy a pair of cycling-type sunglasses lately? Having tried both (large) Halfords in the area and found them to be completely out of stock, I visited one of the LBSs and was quickly reminded why I don't go there often - the cheapest pair they had was £75, but they promised they had some cheaper ones on order which would arrive in a few days - at around £30 per pair...

I ended up at the friendly local discount store (round the corner from home) which will sell you anything from a mobile phone to a bog brush, and purchased a pair for the princely sum of £2.75 which looked every bit as naff as the £150 Oakleys also stocked by said LBS. I could buy a new pair every week of the summer if they fall to bits and still be better off.

It's all in the name, they say.

A small but connected change of subject - I'm quite sensitive to the ambience of bike shops. I don't expect much ambience at all in Halfords as bikes are one of their many sidelines, but this LBS (which shall remain nameless) didn't impress me much. It had the feel of not doing very much business, and possibly to be looking for a particular type of customer (definitely not including me). That was a big contrast to Evans in West Croydon which I don't mind naming at all, as it's one of the places used by my pal from Warlingham - which is busy, bright, well-stocked and enthusiastic, and a lovely place to browse. There's no dust anywhere, so they either spend lots of time cleaning and polishing or they shift stock at a rate of knots - possibly both. First impressions mean everything.

Rog.
 

flecc

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Oct 25, 2006
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Yes, that is a good branch Rog, and we are lucky in Croydon. There's also Bike Plus on Brighton Road, South Croydon where Paul and co. run a very large shop where you can browse without disturbance as long as you like. Free forecourt parking there as well, and right next to Machine Mart for tools etc.

They are the general cycling division of Geoffrey Butler Cycles who have a specialist shop for the keen club and racing cyclists at 15, South End, Croydon.
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rog_london

Esteemed Pedelecer
Jan 3, 2009
764
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Harrow, Middlesex
Yes, that is a good branch Rog, and we are lucky in Croydon. There's also Bike Plus on Brighton Road, South Croydon where Paul and co. run a very large shop where you can browse without disturbance as long as you like. Free forecourt parking there as well, and right next to Machine Mart for tools etc.

They are the general cycling division of Geoffrey Butler Cycles who have a specialist shop for the keen club and racing cyclists at 15, South End, Croydon.
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Hi Flecc

I'm familiar with those (as I regularly pass by both of them) though only from the outside. BikePlus is certainly a size and has a serious window display.

Rog.
 

Alex728

Esteemed Pedelecer
Dec 16, 2008
1,109
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Ipswich
I ended up at the friendly local discount store (round the corner from home) which will sell you anything from a mobile phone to a bog brush, and purchased a pair for the princely sum of £2.75 which looked every bit as naff as the £150 Oakleys also stocked by said LBS.
I remember reading a while back that Cycling weekly had actually got a warning letter from Sacha Baron Cohen's agents because they had "used a picture of an unauthorised Ali G impersonator".

It turned out this was a perfectly legitimate picture of Marco Pantani, in his team gear and shades :D

I went into a LBS recently and it did have what appeared to be serious supply chain problems and a lot of unsold new bikes; but to be fair the lad there was as disappointed as I was that he couldn't make as much of a sale as he had wanted to and I expect the problems were due to shipments/containers being delayed due to the recession (looking at Felixstowe shipping traffic it did seem that there are far fewer ships coming through than before, and South China / Malaya / sharing a lot of ships!
 

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