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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 02-02-12, 01:27 PM   #26
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yes it looks cool. And it could be fun for a cruise.

And as walmart genre bikes go your probably have a better chance with it lasting becuse is it so simple. No cheap brakes, no gears, no suspension fork,etc.

I would check assembly and all lubrication.

That said, my experience with wrenching on low end bikes (walmart, target, costco etc) is that they are terrible, mostly because the components are so low end. My experience includes quality checking donated bikes put together for christmas, wrenching on neighbors bikes and working on nieces and nephews bikes when I visit family in Montana.

The components don't work well to start with (many of the caliper brakes are so flimsy as to be dangerous) are difficult to adjust and have a tendency to strip thereads. My neighbors have about 6 bikes....only two work an electra single speed (looks similar to above) and an 25 year old trek cross bike, all the other bikes which were low end bikes just died.
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Old 02-02-12, 02:00 PM   #27
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Although there tend to be exceptions and the fact xmart is selling some better quality bicycles a lot of what they offer is very low end and even if you have good mechanical skills, dealing with inferior parts is a pita and can cost a good deal of money.

Like squirtdad said... the simpler bikes like this one tend to be less problematic as it does not have a bunch of cheaper failure prone parts.

I have retired more xmart bikes than most through my work at the co-op and rarely deal with them in my shop... they rarely have any value as donors for parts and require an inordinate amoount of work to make them safe and useable and the money that would get spent on this is better served in finding a better quality bicycle that will cost less in the long run.

If one wanted to cruise around in style and comfort an old Raleigh / Schwinn three speed could be acquired for less and would stand up to far more use and abuse.
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Old 02-02-12, 02:39 PM   #28
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... when I visit family in Montana.
Where in Montana, and do you bring your own bike when you visit them?
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Old 02-02-12, 04:24 PM   #29
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Where in Montana, and do you bring your own bike when you visit them?
Chinook, MT http://www.chinookmontana.com/

last time I drove I did not bring my bike, but stuffed a 3 wheeler in to give to my Dad. (it is pretty much 24 hours of driving from San Jose to Chinook)

Next time I drive I would hope to bring my bike....but the real dream is to stop in Bozeman and get a Dave Kirk custom. (if I hit my weight goal that is my present to me....as long as the kid's college fund is lookin ok)
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Old 02-04-12, 01:32 PM   #30
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I have been there! Rode through while riding x-country. Went to the museum and saw the film about the battle. Camped down the road in Harlem.
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Hi all... As a recent owner of this bike as of 2/3/2012 I would like to chime in here. This bike is great. In my introduction I mentioned I took it for a ride and before I knew it I had gone 7 miles. When Fed Ex delivered it the paperwork reported it weighing only 51lbs even with all the packaging. Assembled and ready to go it weighs in at only 47lbs. Although its large its very easy to take off from a stop and easier to pedal down the road. During assembly I went over every nut and bolt making sure everything was to spec. Sitting on this bike is also a joy. You can adjust the handlebars and neck in multiple configurations to give you the most comfortable riding experience.

Not mine but mine will look similar. Love the ape hangers. I'll also be adding a retro chrome head light and chrome bullet style for the tail light


Here is another Onyx someone modified. Very sweet looking bike.
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Old 02-06-12, 07:32 AM   #32
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OK, another Wally thread.....

Yes, it's a 29'er. Yes, it's a singlespeed. Yes, it's likely 'erratic' in quality. Yes, MANY Walmarts have poor assembly.

Take it from one who KNOWS, you can only do SO much with that crap; this is a case of "OK, that HAS to be good enough." In nearly 12 years of toiling to make those things rideable (I'm acknowledged as being one of the best in three states, trained by a certified professional, approached by a pro team for a wrench job), I have come to accept that my best efforts can't overcome the sheer mass of crap. The LATEST 'issue du jour' is misalignment in the frame between front and rear wheels, the rear wheel is 'cocked' several degrees off to the right, VISIBLE in the workstand. Perennially, there are too-tight bearings, shifters that crap out in less than six months, brake levers that bend under a firm stop, and tires that roll like they're filled with cement. (Let's not forget the single-wall rims that warp when you give them a dirty look, or 45 psi of air)

Once in a GREAT while, there is one that slips through the sphincter, and is actually decent; since we can't even GET this one at my store, I don't know about it. I've been curious, as I am about another that's more 'hipster', but that's another story.....

(SIDE NOTE: fat tires a "load" to get started at a light?!? What kinda wimp are you that you can't get 700 GRAMS of tire rolling instead of 250?)
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No complaints here

I have had this bike for just a few weeks and feel it is a great deal for what it is. A single speed coaster braked comfortable cruiser. I don't think anyone is going to buy it looking to do time trials. So bashing it's weight, tire size or single speed is pointless. You might as well go to a vintage car show and start ranting to each car owner how there are cars out there today that are faster, better mileage, more reliable.....

I'm an old fart and even 75 miles in one day is about my limit. Many of my friends like to meet at local parks and bike trails for short 7 to 10 mile rides a few times a week. After their leaving, I would ride around a good bit more to get more exercise. That is when I started thinking of getting a single speed so the initial ride with my friends would take more effort. This bike fits the bill nicely for the 10 mph pace that they like to ride.
Right off the bat I stripped every sticker off the thing "easy as no clear coat over them to deal with" I am amazed at how many people ask about it as it really has a classic yet unique look to it.
After reading many reviewers experience issues with shipping damage, I went ahead and bought one assembled from the store. Surprised there were no dings / scratches from being a floor model. Found nothing that their bike assembly / stock boy did wrong which I couldn't adjust and correct.

So in a nutshell:

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$150 buck
s "Hard to not walk out of any LBS without spending that much on impulse purchase items"

Comfortable "no doubt depending on taste, but short of my recumbent, nothing feels better with my 50+ year old back"

Build Quality Good "will easily hold up when used as it is designed for "don't expect to see many used at the X-Games"

Performance Not Bad. I can see why 29" wheels have become so popular.

Looks It really doesn't look like a cheap bike and it's rather unique classic lines draws attention.

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Coaster Brake
s "we all remember bringing our childhood bikes to a skidding stop, granted they didn't have to have a leverage battle with 29" tires

Short Seat Post "many big / tall reviewers give thumbs up but my 6' body with long legs need a much longer seat post for proper seat height"

Comments "if you admit it came from Wallyworld, expect an earful from some telling you their junk, even though your happy with it"

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Old 07-19-13, 05:30 PM   #34
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Doesn't look bad for a cruiser.
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Old 07-19-13, 06:16 PM   #35
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My point is, tell me you wouldn't want to just jump on this thing (assuming it would NOT fall apart as many fear) and ride it.
Nope, not in this life.
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Old 07-19-13, 07:16 PM   #36
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The problem with them is not so much the overall quality, but the quality of assembly and adjustment. The guy who puts bags of cat litter on the shelves, cleans the bathrooms, and greeting customers does bike assemblies when the regular guy is too tweaked out on crank to come in.
+1000 This is the #1 problem, but, you can take a good look at the thing before wheel it to the front. If you can work a wrench, or aren't afraid to take it back to the store and complain until they give you your money back, or replace the item. I wouldn't be afraid of it straight away.

I bought my girlfriend a http://www.amazon.com/Mintcraft-1263.../dp/B00480BTEY mintcraft aluminum cruiser bike, that seems pretty on par with a wal-mart bike (For some reason the local hardware store had a pair of them, one mens, one womens, the only bikes they seem to sell, for less than 1/2 the price in the amazon link I pasted.) She's been riding it around town for two years, we've had to tighten some bolts, that's the extent of the maintenance.

The combination to absolutely shun is those horrible twist shifters combined with slipshod assembly. Almost guaranteed to be broken before it gets home.
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I looked over one of these at Wallyworld yesterday, and it seemed fairly decent. I didn't like the looks of the adjustable stem, it struck me as somewhat cheesy. Also, the seat didn't seem awesome. Those are easily dealt-with, though. The thing took my full weight without feeling creaky, wobbly, or weak...if I was in the market for a cruiser, I'd consider it.
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I like the bike. Made one into a motorized bicycle with a 49cc four stroke engine with exhaust installed. Ran this bike on trails and stress test it, no problems with hardware stripping going out of line. Bought the bike in a box and assembled it while making all the adjustments required. This bike can take a beating. Here is the pic of my bike.
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Old 12-07-14, 12:14 PM   #39
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I have a friend that normally rides a very high end Roubaix that has one of these for when he rolls around the neighborhood with his 5 yr old daughter. I tooled around on it one day....heavy is an understatement, but for what it is and it's main function in life, it was not a bad bike.
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I just bought this bike and yes it is heavy but some of us are riding just for fun or in my case to help with weight loss and this bike will help you loose weight because it will make you work hard and it looks good and even if it fails after a while it's only $141 shipped
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