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Old 02-20-07, 05:55 PM   #1
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what do you guys think about wall mart bike stuff

i know that bell helmets are ok and i was in walmart today and saw that the products they carry are mostly "bell" they have multi tools and bike pumps and locks and just all sorts of things. its been along time since i been down the bike section of walmart. do you guys know anything about bells other products?


yeah yeah i know walmart not wallmart
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Old 02-20-07, 06:04 PM   #2
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Yes Bell has a low end line of products. It comes down to what you need and what you can afford. I'll admit to buying 1 or 2 items like that when I was getting started but you will probably do better reading up on what you need then watching for sales at Nashbar or Performance. Don't forget to use link from here and surf discount coupon thread here 1st.

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you get what you pay for.

i bought a spare mtn bike tube, tire tools, patch kit, lock, helmet, gloves, bottle/cage from there.

the cage only lasted a few hundred miles before it it broke. the lock is fine. the gloves are "fragile" but i just wanted something mesh for hot days...so no big deal. haven't had to use the tire tools, patch or tube yet. i bought a chain there once....it broke right away.

i don't think shorts and, especially gloves, are things to "skimp" on.

i buy my wind breakers and moisture-wicking clothes from dept stores as well.
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I've used the Bell brake and shifter cable/housing kits when rebuilding older 10/12 speeds. Works great and is inexpensive. ditto for th echains - absolutely no problems.

Also, you can get Crossman 12gr Co2 cartridges there, box of 24 for $12.99. Pretty good deal.

I've also bought both the house brand and Wilson brand base layer undershirts there, and they work great and have not worn out yet after 2 years of hard use. Target has similar shirts, as well.
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Old 02-20-07, 06:34 PM   #5
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IS Bell the bike stuff the same company as Bell helmets?
Bell helmets is/was a reputable name (motorcycle etc.)

I've bought a few of their items and they seem to be good for the money.
Tube repair patch kit, 26x1.75" "bike path" tire.
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Be careful with the chains- I've bought them and they fit most old 10 or 12 speeds, but they say they will work on up to a 24 speed and that may not be the case. I had an old Nishiki touring bike with a five speed freewheel (granted it had a pretty big granny gear) and a triple chainring, but the chain wasn't even close to long enough to fit it. It really just depends on what kind of bike you're fixing and what you're planning on doing with it. Some of the stuff will get you by, but probably not last as long as a more expensive alternative.
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I bought a Bell receiver hitch mounted bike rack at K-Mart (Walmart carried the same model for $5 more) and it is working and holding up well. I think you just have to be careful about the quality of what you buy for cheap, but it is not necessarilly crap.
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Wallyworld chains suck.Most 10 spd bikes take 114-120 links,The ones there are always 2-3 links short,and appeared to be of poor quality.The upside is Wallyworld is used to returns but the lines are longer due to greedy corp. labor cutbacks.
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IS Bell the bike stuff the same company as Bell helmets?
i believe it is. but i always liked shoei or arai helmets
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I have several of the Bell seat bags and multitools. They are holding up fine so far.
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I have purchased Bell cheap gloves that have lasted 4000 miles including a Texas summer!

I have purchased a Bell $16 compressor pump with gauge and cigarette lighter power source, works great.

I have purchased a Bell helmet from Walmart that has seen 5000 miles and has the same certification as all others for $18.00

And what is wrong with this??
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nice thanks for the input guys. yeah i wouldent get the chain or the tubes from walmart but now i think ill go get a couple cheap "just in case" stuff.
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nice thanks for the input guys. yeah i wouldent get the chain or the tubes from walmart but now i think ill go get a couple cheap "just in case" stuff.
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For 7-spd or less, Wal-Mart chains are just dandy. They're made by KMC (open one and look at a link). For $6, can't be beat. Too short? Buy four and make three chains, rotate every month and they'll probably outlast your bike.
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For 7-spd or less, Wal-Mart chains are just dandy. They're made by KMC (open one and look at a link). For $6, can't be beat. Too short? Buy four and make three chains, rotate every month and they'll probably outlast your bike.
Good idea on the extra chain,but Wallyworld in my area in Ohio seems to now stock a new brand other than KMC.Manager told me their changing vendors.
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Good idea on the extra chain,but Wallyworld in my area in Ohio seems to now stock a new brand other than KMC. Manager told me they're changing vendors.
That probably means a lower quality chain...or possibly cheaper.

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I guess that makes sense. They can't leave anything alone, can they?
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I've used cheap bell gloves as well as a wal-mart helmet. The gloves are still going, but need replacing as mouse got to them and ate a hole on the backhand side. As for the helmet, as long as it is CPSC certified, it'll protect your head. The walmart helmets and the LBS helmets all go through the same minimum required safety specs to get to the shelf. You'll be losing some airvents and it'll be more bulky, but they are safe helmets. I don't have much experience with xMart bike stuff outside of that.
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you get what you pay for.
True, but it begs the question of what is "good enough". Not something that we can answer here, the OP's needs being the determinate.
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I had some of the cheap Bell wal-mart gloves and they were pretty junky. For not much more money, you can shop the sales at Nashbar, Performance, Pricepoint, etc. and get some gloves that are more durable and have better padding. Likewise with chains - bought a Nashbar tandem 7-8 speed chain on sale - like two chains for only ten bucks or so.

Other stuff? I dunno. I bought a fat Kryptonite cable lock from Wally and it looks just about like any other Kryptonite cable lock.
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Are we talking Bell stuff or Wal Mart stuff.
The Bell items I've purchased were at a Krogers equivalent. If a Bell item "sucks", you can't really blame the store. You blame Bell!
I purchased a chain for an old 10 speed and it had about 5-6? extra links. I can't remember if it was a Bell though. It's been a couple years. ISTR that the package listed the # of links.
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Walmart is the only place I have seen the tires and tubes for the newer Stingray choppers. As far as other stuff goes, it's great to watch for clearance sales. I bought a ton if tubes at Meijer in the fall when they were 90 cents each, and tires for $1.90. sure, they may not be the greatest, but the tubes are just as good as any other and make great spares or replacements for bikes I am going to sell. the tires are great for that as well. I mostly pick up lower end bikes to sell and don't want to put much money into them, but if I can put 2 new tubes and tires on one for less than $6, I will more than get my money out of the investment. bags and things like that are about as good as any other. My multi-tool came from Target. it happens to be a Schwinn brand (post Pacific Cycle buyout) that I got on clearance at Target for $3 (originally $20). It works just fine and I've used every tool on it. I can't say anything about the chains because I have never replaced a chain with a "new" one. I have used the cables on my bikes and bikes to be sold and have not had a problem. More often I reuse cables though. I've had good luck with that so far and they are pre-stretched. Brake pads....once again, it's been a while since I've bought new.
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Want to know something weird? All Bell (and Giro) helmets you can buy in your LBS are made in CHINA. (And STILL cost big bucks). But the Bell helmets sold in wally's? Made in the USA.

Seriously, WTF?
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I'm hesitant to go with a really cheap multi-tool, because when I'm stuck out somewhere using a multi-tool, I really really don't want it to fail on me.
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I'm hesitant to go with a really cheap multi-tool, because when I'm stuck out somewhere using a multi-tool, I really really don't want it to fail on me.
+1 on the multi-tool. I bought what I thought was a sweet one at Winner's (Canadian clearance store, kinda like TJ MAx) and it broke the first time I used it. I ended up returning it and spending the extra few bucks on a Topeak one that I use regularly with no issues so far.

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