I am still ok with PBK. Their sales on items like GP4000s tires can't be beat.
Shipping ranges from a week to a month to USA. May be customs fault.
Bottom line is if you need something ASAP look elsewhere. If in no rush, PBK may be a good choice.
For what it's worth, I waited 2.5 weeks for a small part that I ordered from a private seller on amazon. They probably won't be getting a good review. (actually, I'm too lazy to review, so they won't get anything).
I have a maul, which looks like an axe. I don't think there is much point in grinding it though. I have considered the utility of a lightweight camping axe, but I think that I might get in too much trouble if I kept it in my jersey pocket
I have a chainsaw, but my axe and hatchet get plenty of use too ... I'd love a log splitter, but since I live in a townhouse I don't really have somewhere to store it when not in use. Someday ... someday ....
I had a hatchet but it is buried now.
May your tires or beer never be flat.
I wouldn't hold your breath on better service from Nashbar. It once took them over three weeks to send three in-stock items from Ohio to PA.
The rider in my avatar is David Etxebarria, not me.
I hate "axe to grind" threads............
2009 Cannondale CAAD 9-6
2005 Raleigh M40
Riding the mountains of North Carolina
I do today what you don't , so I can do tomorrow what you can't
"Absolutely imbecilic. But typical." ..... pcad
Have had good luck with Merlin Cycles lately.
Ordered a RockShox fork on a Monday night, it showed up that Thursday afternoon.
Kudos to both Merlin and UPS International.
Custom MTB wheelset took a little over a week including build time, beat the best US price I could find by about 20%.
Slowest was a Respro high-vis backback cover sent via Royal Mail to USPS - took about 13 days.
I stopped using PBK a ways back after 2 incidents of credit card fraud immediately after placing an order.
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09 Felt Z35 (commuter, weekend rides)
08 Cannondale F5 (trail riding, doubles as backup commuter)
+1 Merlin cycles is great, really good prices on some items
I ordered something from PBK in July, they have only just sent it.
Every order of mine took either 5 days or 6
Road Bike: 2004 ORBEA Mitis2+Carbon, Freekin' groovy Urban / Mountain Road Cruising Bike: 2007 CANNONDALE Bad Boy Disc, MTB: 2012 Trek Gary Fisher Collection Marlin 29er
If you're waiting more than 10 business days for any orders from the UK, simply put a stop payment on your card. Or dispute it by filing a claim of unreceived merchandise with your CC company. Secondly, no the government shutdown does not include customs, they are considered essential personnel since every imported item goes through customs (or is supposed to).
Warning: If you stop payment, many CC carriers will flag the company so that you can't use your card to purchase from them again.
We spent A LOT of time working on shipping this year. For smaller orders we go Fedex (and eat any "funny charges" from them) and with larger orders we go EMS. One thing we have seen is that when you ship a lot of "gifts" to try to avoid customs you can get red flagged.
This may be why these shipments sometimes take so long.
Their shipping to Canada is extremely consistent from my experience. Items usually arrive in less than 2 weeks.
I used to love them last fall/winter. I bought most of my DA 9070 parts there. After they got bought out, I had three instances where my order was never delivered. They refunded me each time but had I had to wait 30 days to even ask for a refund then it was another 1-2 weeks from there to get the refund. February was the last time I had a positive experience with them. If they could be as good as they used to be, I would go back. If people start posting consistently that PBK is reliable again, then I'll return as a customer.
Not much of a rant was it? I should obviously learn to appreciate being English more. Didn't realise the stuff was so in demand! Will have to take orders next time I travel lol
Shipping is slow but prices are always good on stuff I buy. I know that I am getting slow free shipping from the UK. If you can accept the slow shipping I don't see the problem. If you can't, spend more money and buy domestic distributor.
Nevermind. I posted that before I drank my coffee or hit the gym, so I was still half asleep ... my CHAINLOVE order that I placed YESTERDAY shipped and will be here later today ... PBK still hasn't shipped my PRO4's ... good thing I don't need them
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