This blog has been created by Mark Brown, a passionate cyclist who wants to promote the proper assembly of bikes to help make cycling fun, safe and to help get more bums on saddles for longer.

The aim of this blog is to provide an account of buying, building and riding Britain’s cheapest bicycle. I started this blog by focusing on a £70 bicycle sold by Asda, the UK’s second largest supermarket and part of WalMart the world’s largest retailer.

The Asda bike is the most recent and high-profile example of cheap flat-pack bicycles on sale. However it is indicative of a much wider and it would seem growing trend for non-specialist retailers – supermarkets, catalogues, toy stores etc – to sell bicycles which they know very little about and which they have no expertise in assembling.

This blog is an attempt to provide a realistic insight – good and bad – into what cheap poor assembled bikes (aka “Bicycle Shaped Objects”) mean for customers, for cycling, for business and the environment.

The ultimate aim of this blog is to achieve a change in the law and business practices to ensure all bicycles are sold properly assembled and set-up, regardless of how much they cost.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Heather  |  November 26, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I have a picture of a kids bike I purchased on ebay, first thing my 18 year old does when I get it homes is run round the living room on the wee bike to test it, Then he gets the tool box out “despite my protesting” he takes the forks off and turnes them round the right way! I did not believe him but you can compare the ebay picture with others of the same bike on google and see it was built wrong. I contacted the previous owner and discovered it was bought from Tesco like that eek! So so dangerous

  • 2. Dan  |  December 10, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Hello, I have a couple of cracking photos from a local tesco store near me. How do I get them over to you?

  • 3. Ian Cleverly  |  August 6, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Mark,

    Have you tried contacting anyone at Cycling Weekly? We may be able to do something with this.

    Ian Cleverly
    Cycling Weekly


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