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Bike shops!

#1 Post by Cam93 » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:40 pm

Hi all,

So I’ve heard back from a training company which has given me a price of 115 for CBT and then 640 for a 4 day course including a1 and a2 test - is this reasonable? Theory test would be on top of these costs (this covers bike hire etc too )

Anyway back to my thread subject.
Can anyone recommend some bike shops I can visit to try out lids, clothing etc? I’m based in the PE19 postcode (Cambs area)

Someone’s mentioned j&s in finedon, just wondered if anyone can recommend anywhere else before I travel 45 mins I’d theres somewhere abit closer or is it well worth the travel?

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#2 Post by fastbob » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:56 pm

You've Googled it already I presume ?

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#3 Post by Rodders » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:30 pm

Wheels in Peterborough have got a pre-season sale on this weekend. I went to their end of season sale last year and it was pretty well stocked with some good bargains. Got my helmet for a great price.

And there's also Webbs Triumph/Yamaha who are pretty well stocked for clothing.

J&S is good though, much bigger than both of these put together. And great for helmet choice.

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#4 Post by Westbeef » Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:42 pm

Price for training seems good, can’t recommend too much in way of shops near you. My local J&S are very good though.
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#5 Post by mikestrivens » Tue Mar 13, 2018 11:01 pm

J&S are good or I use https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/ for a lot of gear. They have a great returns policy so you can get stuff that fits. They also have a retail store in Boston, Lincs. PE20 postcode. Not sure how close that is to where you are though.
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#6 Post by fq-craigus » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:14 am

Head to wheels for their sale this weekend in hoping to get along for a nosey. But second to that get to Boston and visit sportsbike shop

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#7 Post by bonio » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:16 am

Sportsbikeshop have a great returns policy, so you can buy from them online from the comfort of your sofa. But if you're new to it all, I reckon it's good to get out somewhere where you can see a lot of stuff all in one place; you'll come away with a better idea of what you want. And I reckon the advice you'll get from someone who knows their stuff on helmet fitting will be worth the journey alone.
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#8 Post by Hoggs » Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:55 pm

fastbob wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:56 pm
You've Googled it already I presume ?
Thing is, all shops look super super awesome on the website... until you get there realise they have 2 pairs of boots in size 17 and one glove :lol:
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#9 Post by Tango » Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:59 pm

We've been over to J&S in Finedon a few times......good choice of kit......and not a bad ride over there too...... 8-)
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#10 Post by fastbob » Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:35 pm

Hoggs wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:55 pm
fastbob wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:56 pm
You've Googled it already I presume ?
Thing is, all shops look super super awesome on the website... until you get there realise they have 2 pairs of boots in size 17 and one glove :lol:
True, I worked in one for ten years . A lot of what we sold was shit especially the Akito range of clothing .

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#11 Post by JRH » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:52 pm

fastbob wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:35 pm
Hoggs wrote:
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:55 pm
fastbob wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:56 pm
You've Googled it already I presume ?
Thing is, all shops look super super awesome on the website... until you get there realise they have 2 pairs of boots in size 17 and one glove :lol:
True, I worked in one for ten years . A lot of what we sold was shit especially the Akito range of clothing .
You didn't tell me that when I shopped there. :lol: Never bought Akito stuff though.
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#12 Post by someone » Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:59 am

If you drive and do not mind going almost to Boston then sportsbikeshop, which mikestrivens suggests, is really easy to get to as it is just by the A16.

I have never been in person, but have used them and their returns policy plenty of times. The only bad-ish experience was one time I ordered a coat that kept being pushed back month-after-month. But I continued to wait as I could not ride anyway, so once I was ready to get back on the bike I asked to change it to a different one that was in stock. It was slightly more expensive so they ignored the difference because of the delay, and I got to keep the free trousers that were an offer with the other coat.

Excellent customer service.

As to the tests, £755 for a five day course from scratch including use of their gear is in the normal price range, and the theory test is always something you have to do separately first. Although the practical tests are Mod 1 and Mod 2.

A1 and A2 are two of the licence types although the course is the same, it is only the type of bike you use which is different. So unless there is a specific reason otherwise, it always makes sense to go for the highest licence category you can for your age. They all cost the same and it saves you having to pay again if you want to upgrade later.
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