So I decided earlier this summer, that next school year (im a grad student) im gonna ride a bike to school. I dont know why the thought didn't come to me earlier (it costs 5 dollars a day to park there and its only 3 miles away).
I had no bike, so I decided to go buy one. I go to the LBS and tell them I want a BMX. I look at what they have and they seem nice and reasonably priced (239-499) so I go home and talk it over with my fiancee (who I was getting a bike for too).
When I bring my fiancee with me (as I do for any large purchase) I notice that they aren't really trying to help us. They are more interested in the older couple (at least... the guy was older) buying a more expensive road bike to be bothered by the younger couple looking at BMXes. When we finally did get helped they tried to convince us we didn't want BMXes (despite me telling them repeatedly that I didn't want a mountain bike or a road bike.. they're just TOO practical it doesn't seem fun). When they let me test ride the bike outside, according to my fiancee they were joking around at my crappy riding and made some joke when I got inside about whether I "broke the bike or not." I laughed and thought they were just joking around (I didn't detect it being anything more than good-natured joking). However, my fiancee took it personally and refused to let me buy bikes for us there. So thanks to the bike shop guys not helping us for a long time and (according to my fiancee) being rude.. they lost two sales of up to 400 apiece.
So we went off to Target to drop 250 bux and walked out with two Wal-Goose BMXes (mine was 150 hers was 100).
Ive been riding mine daily for about 10 miles and taken the route to my school a couple of times. I ride at a VERY leisurely pace and have been enjoying the hell out of it. My odo is about to turn over to 300miles (yeah I put an odo on a bmx) and I have yet to have any problem with the bike whatsoever. People would act like a BSO will fall apart and injure you just by looking at it. I know 300 miles is nothing compared to what bike enthusiasts put on their bikes, however the bike shows no signs of deterioration.
My first question is, why doesn't anybody commute on a BMX? Im 6'2 and I still dont have any soreness from riding and it seems really comfy to me. Plus due to its size it is superbly easy to take up and down stairs and store.
My second question is, would there be any point in eventually upgrading to a LBS BMX if I am just gonna commute and the Wal-Goose is in good shape? I really liked the Haros and probably would've gotten one of those if the LBS hadn't made my fiancee mad. If not, would it be worth replacing parts on the walgoose *frame, fork, rims, etc etc.