Injured cyclist suing Halfords for £1million after mountain bike broke in two

Joseph Love suffered horrific facial injuries after the mountain bike he had bought from Halfords, promoted as being ideal to ‘give the trails a kicking’ split in half at high speed causing him to crash into a barrier.

Joseph bought the bike for £250 and is suing Halfords for £1million. He claims the incident, which happened in February 2009 in Gravesend, Kent, has ruined his life.

At the High Court hearing, the court was told that the bike broke when the steering tube had a ‘sudden and catastrophic failure’.

Mr Love said Halfords assembled and inspected the bike. It also went through a full service which did not show up any faults.

Gerard Martin QC, acting for Mr Love, said: ‘We ask the court to bear in mind that marketing literature for the Saracen Raw 2 bicycle would lead an ordinary person to assume that fairly robust riding is to be expected – as it says, “give the trails a kicking”.’

It is being argued that the bike was ‘defective at the point of sale’ and Halfords’ claims that Mr Love damaged the bike by adding lights and mudguards is being refuted.

James Medd, for Halfords, said expert evidence put forward by Mr Joseph’s legal team was ‘deeply flawed’.

The hearing continues.

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