About Halfords

The UK’s one stop shop for cycling and motoring if you’re making a journey Halfords will stock the equipment needed to make it a safe and enjoyable trip. Browse the Halfords website for a fantastic range of bikes plus car parts and every auto accessory you could possibly need. They also provide a fitting service for them minor car parts like wiper blades and bulbs. The Halfords technicians are always approachable with honest and knowledgable advice.

What Halfords Car Centre Sells

Most of the products Halfords sells are related to what you would need when making a journey on four wheels or two. They sell stuff that gets you on your way to the outdoors and what you need when you get there. It’s also the leader in leisure bike sales in the UK with a broad choice of road cycles and mountain bikes. Whats more they are fast becoming an authority on electric hybrid bikes and scooters. The cycling accessories are wide ranging which also includes a super range of cycling clothes for all weather conditions. If you are traveling in your car on a camping trip Halfords is a must stop for all your car and camping essentials. The stuff for sale is comprehensive from roof racks to two man tents everything for touring and camping. Halfords are a retailer of car parts who sell mechanical and body work motoring products. They are now providing an MOT testing service and car repairs in the UK through the Halfords Auto centres. Not only do they sell car bits like bulbs, wiper blades, car batteries and other car safety items they will also fit them while you wait for a small fee.
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A Little About

History of Halfords

Established in Birmingham as a wholesale ironmongers in1892 by Frederick William Rushbrooke. He was an avid penny farthing bike rider. Ten years later in 1902 he opened a shop on Halford Street in Leicester. Frederick called it the Halford Cycle Shop adopting the street name for the business. By 1931 they had 200 cycle stores selling bikes and cycling goods. Halfords also purchased the Birmingham Bicycle Company in the mid 1940’s. The 60’s brought changes for Halfords with the 300th bike shop opening in 1968. They were also acquired by the Burmah Oil Company in 1965. This was the start of further takeovers in 1980’s the Ward White Group who predominately owned DIY stores acquired Halfords. Only for the Ward Group to be acquired by Boots Group. This turned out to be a mistake by Boots, there was a downturn in the housing market in fact it went into a depression for five years. The DIY section of the group failed while Halfords continued to be successful. It was then over by a European private equity firm CVC Capital Partners in 2002 from the Boots Group. Halfords as since purchased several bicycle companies including Tredz the bike shop that sells a brilliant range of bikes and cycling accessories for women, men and children. They also bought Boardman Bikes Ltd. This is a British bike manufacturer set up by Chris Boardman the professional cyclist. Wheelies the insurance company for cyclist was also added to the Halfords portfolio of acquisitions. Halfords the UK’s biggest seller of automotive and cycling products is still motoring on with 460 stores in the UK. They are making big strides into the car repair and MOT testing business with 300 Halfords Auto centres nationwide. Life’s a journey and Halfords specialise in making journeys enjoyable.

Questions Asked

Halfords have a comprehensive gift card scheme where you can purchase cards by email or post for up to a £1000 to spend on a wonderful choice of leisure and motoring goods.

They do offer a price match policy but it is subject to their terms and conditions.

They offer a free battery check to see if it is charging correctly. If you do need a new car battery they will fit anew one for a charge.

Yes they have more than 300 MOT testing stations in the UK with trained testers. You can book online for your cars MOT and service at the same time.

Items can e reserved online and collected from a local Halfords shop. There is some scenarios where click and collect may vary, this you will have to check at purchase point.

Bicycle Purchase

Tips when buying a bike online

Buy online or in the shop? This is an easy one don’t buy a bike without first sitting and riding it. If you can get a good deal online try and find a bike shop you can test the bike first. Going of the frame size can only give you a basic measurement. The weight and feel of a bike is very important for safety and a comfortable ride.
What style of bike do you want? Bike technology has developed fast and you need to now what you want to use the bike for and where you will ride it. Is it for exercise or getting to work on the roads. Maybe for off road riding, mountain bike style. Knowing what you are going to use it for will determine the style of bike that suits your needs.
Cycling can be dangerous in the modern age with so many cars on the roads so take the necessary precautions. This means wearing a helmet and the correct cycling clothing for your pursuits. If you are beginner consider taking some cycle training like a cycling proficiency test. Keep safe and enjoy your bicycle journeys.