Published by Lyn on 6 January 2014
There are lots of bargains to be had here on the internet when it comes to bikes and accessories. I've covered elsewhere on the site where I usually look for my cycling stuff – we're in a small village in France, so shopping online suits me when I know exactly what I want and how much I'm prepared to pay for it.
That said, I keep things pretty simple when it comes to cycling, so I don't buy that much and I don't buy that often. Our spending has recently skyrocketed, however, after hubby's pre-Christmas purchase of one of these (albeit a second-hand ex-rental one from the guys at Cycle Côte d'Azur). Santa then delivered one of these nifty little GPS units – not top-of-the-range by any means, but it's proving ideal for exploring the roads round here (review to follow once it's had a proper workout).
In any case, it's always nice to get something special at a really good price every now and then, and I'm on the lookout for bargains now more than ever.
Someone recently recommended the Sport Pursuit website, which I've just joined. It's a bit like the excellent Achica – but for outdoor junkies. It operates like a private mailing list (though it's free to subscribe), with email alerts being sent regularly to let you know what stuff they have on sale. Each of these 'flash sales' includes a delivery timeframe, which is usually between 2 and 4 weeks, so this isn't suitable if you need something quickly. They deliver across the UK for a small surcharge and to other countries, and I don't think the Sport Pursuit delivery prices are unreasonable, especially given how much you can save on the actual purchase.
At the time of writing, sales included half-price SealSkinz gloves; discounted Polaris jackets, gloves and daypacks; and a sale on Ortik and Macpac tents, sleeping bags and camping equipment.
I'll keep an eye on it and let you know how it goes. If anyone else uses the site (or if you can recommend any other similar sites), then I'd be keen to her from you, especially if they deliver to France for something less than an arm and a leg.