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    Thank you...

    ...for providing this thread. My GMC Denali is currently on a Fedex truck somewhere between Bell, CA and my apartment here in Marina Del Rey, CA.

    After reading your story, I am really excited about receiving my 1st bike in over two decades.

    I hope to be able to ride it to/from work 21 miles roundtrip, as well as to the beach which is less than a mile away on weekends.

    I was wondering what kind of replacement seat you ended up purchasing?

    I noticed the Vitesse Deluxe Cruiser Seat for $20 bucks looks pretty comfy, but it is large, and might be weird on a road bike.

    I really don't care what the snobby riders think, I just want a comfortable outdoor experience. 162 Reviewers give it 4.5 out of 5 stars too!

    It looks like you've done a great job modding your bike, I'm not mechanically inclined, but what you've done doesn't seem too difficult.

    I'm sure I'll need a LBS to perform my 1st few tuneups.

    I'm surprised you didn't have a spare tube for that blow out you had during one of your group rides.

    I plan to pack a spare in my backpack, along with the following items:

    helmet

    gloves

    air pump

    chain repair kit

    tool kit

    first aid kit

    I'm a total newbie, so I don't know what other repair/emergency items I might need yet!

    What is the deal with the Bell Sports No-Mor Flats inner tubes? Are they any good? I notice they are only available in 26" x 1.75" - 1.95" size.

    How does that convert to the 700 x 32 on the Denali?

    Sorry for all the questions, just excited!

    The more bikes on the road, the better. Maybe drivers will become more aware!

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    Really appreciate the posts about the GMC Denali Road Bike. I know a lot of thought and research goes into picking out the right bike for you and I did just that. After hours of research and viewing positive and negative remarks on this particular bike, I decided to go ahead and purchase it. Well an early Fathers Day gift actually. Not only is it eye catchy( love the yellow and black color scheme), so far I have owned the bike for 3 days and have put over 24 miles on it. I wasn't really worried about the weight of the bike as I have been riding a mountain bike and still will at times, and since hitting the road with this bike I have hit the 10 mile marker faster and feel the need to keep on going. Yes repairs on this bike may come, it is only natural after time parts break down. Like others, I am hoping to record many miles of riding and in the same time shed pounds. I am new to this style of riding, but so far I am loving it. I want to ride in events for causes and not race with this bike,more of a distance riding, but you have to admit it, being american made it stands up along side others. Heck, I know this sounds silly, but would if Walmart sponsored you to ride it in events (or a GMC Denali tour for some sort of cause like your local tour de cure) and provided you parts and bikes? Well, we know that may never happen, but I will look into that for myself. Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts, concerns, etc. Stay safe and keep biking!

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    Here a is 100 mile rider at The Indy Tour de Cure Ride Sat. June 11, 2001

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasPedaler View Post
    I want to ride in events for causes and not race with this bike,more of a distance riding, but you have to admit it, being american made it stands up along side others.
    Ummm... hate to burst your bubble but I believe the Denali is as American made as the Great Wall of China. Somebody bought the rights to slap GMC's brand on the side of the bike, but GMC most certainly is not the manufacturer.

    There are a few bikes still made in America, but I can guarantee you none of them come close to meeting the price point that would attract the average Wal-Mart shopper.
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    I just bought a Denali too about 5 weeks ago. My car broke down and couldn't afford a new one so I decided to commute. I also couldn't afford a "decent" bike so after doing a lot of researching and reading I went with the Denali. I too started commuting on an old MTB I had in the garage and couldn't believe the difference when I hopped on the Denali.

    I'm learning how to do my own maintenance - I have to adjust the front derailleur since it won't shift to the top gear - but I think this bike is great. I'm not sure how long it will last - I've heard both good and bad things about it - but I hope it holds out long enough to allow me to save for a better bike.

    Anyway - in the 5 weeks I've been commuting I don't have any complaints about the Denali so far. I was even ok with the seat compared to what I had before.

    Best of luck.

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    Whoa, glad to hear my thread is doing some good! Good luck to those of you who own one or are about to own one. I don't think you'll be disappointed in it. I'm not, and I'm pretty particular about stuff.

    To answer some questions:

    stwebb:

    The saddle I ended up getting is a Serfas Dual Density with E-Gel. It was 40 bucks at the local bike shop. Pretty satisfied with it overall, although my butt is still breaking in to it.

    It sounds like you've got your essentials set! I'd recommend carrying two spare tubes and a patch kit just in case as well.

    Can't help you with the Bell tubes as I don't have experience with them, I've just been using standard tubes. But 26" tubes won't fit on 700c wheels. Also make sure that your replacement tubes have Shrader valves, long or short valve doesn't matter.

    Good luck with your bike and feel free to post your experiences/thoughts here!

    TexasPedaler:

    As Tundra_Man mentioned, the GMC Denali is actually manufactured by Kent Bicycles in China. But it does have the GM badge on the seatpost tube, which is neat since I am pro-GM.

    I also shared your experience of finding this bike to be extremely easy to ride coming from a mountain bike.

    Repairs will happen, chances are components will wear out somewhat faster on the Denali than on a more expensive road bike. But based on what I've seen so far that won't be for quite sometime in the future, and parts are very interchangeable with this bike. I'm up to about 250 miles now, the bike is still extremely solid and still no problems aside from the original problem with the bottom bracket popping which I am convinced was just a problem with my particular bike based on others I've seen. 20 bucks and a sealed bottom bracket fixed that.

    Douga:

    I'm almost positive the bike will last long enough for you with just minimal maintenance. Just keep things greased and you should be good to go.




    On that note, I've decided to pop open the other things on this bike that require grease. You may remember I opened up the bottom bracket earlier and found the grease to be adequate. I'm waiting on the tools for the headset and wheels, but today I took apart the pedals just to see how they looked inside. Again, I found there to be adequate grease, and the bearings and races looked fine. Since everything was apart anyway, I cleaned everything and repacked with fresh grease. Seems pointless to go to all that trouble and not do that.

    I'll probably have the wheels apart this Friday, and I'll report what I find inside. Those are probably the most important greased components on the bike.

    About bike snobbery - I actually haven't experienced too much of it yet. In fact, most people I've encountered seemed to be very positive overall about it. However on the last group ride, I showed up and there was an older couple I hadn't seen before. While I was walking up I could see them staring at my bike...and I don't think it was very nicely.

    The end result? I don't know if they were new, or just not in good shape, but I ended up passing them and staying near the front of the pack the entire time. When the ride was done, they were looking at me, not the bike.

    That one incident aside, I haven't experienced much snobbery. I hang with the group, I have no mechanical problems, I can maneuver through tight fast turns with the rest of them, and for one reason or another that I still can't explain this bike is faster than the rest of the group while coasting downhill. Wal-Mart bike or not, if the bike can do that it will earn respect. It won't be winning the Tour de France anytime soon, but it's good enough for the average rider. And as I said earlier, I think it falls more under the category of a touring bike rather than a road/race bike.
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    Awesome thread. Nobody's commented it but your 24 lbs lost there in your sig is the best part of this thread.

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    Hello 10 wheels, is this you who rode the Denali in a Tour de Cure. If so that is great! If you did, how was it in a pack of riders? Were you able to keep up? Also I didn't realize this bike was around in 2001 as your post states or was the Tour De Cure June 11, 2011?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JR97 View Post
    Awesome thread. Nobody's commented it but your 24 lbs lost there in your sig is the best part of this thread.
    Ha, thanks. I tend to agree. Even if the bike were to somehow explode into a billion pieces the next time I got on it, it would have been worth every cent for that reason alone.
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    I'm a few posts behind the curve on this one, but my Denali coasts for a very long time as well. I don't think the tires really make a difference as I'm on 25mm tires. I think a lot of it could just be the inertia of the bike itself haha.

    I'm running a WTB Speed V saddle on mine as I prefer mountain bike saddles. It's very comfortable and about $30 on Nashbar or Amazon.
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    The best part: The frame was $55 from Nashbar - the seat post was $70 from my LBS :-D.

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    So far, I've only put the bike together. Haven't even had the chance to take it for a test ride yet.

    But I did purchase a Bell Wireless Cyclocomputer and a really decent Bell Airstrike 1000 frame pump, as well as a few hex keys to complete the assembly.

    I don't know how it rides yet, but I notice the front brakes do not work. When I press the left brake lever, nothing happens.

    Suggestions?

    Currently, I'm at a loss, as I'm not mechanically up to par yet. But the things you're doing with your bike are motivating me to learn as much as I can about this bike.

    Guess my first ride will be to the LBS for help!

    Saw that Serfas Lycra Dual Density Saddle for $39.00 at REI. Will probably pick that up tomorrow as well as a couple of tubes.

    You've really started something here by creating a very worthwhile thread. For me, it's like an instruction/maintenance manual. Thanks again!

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    When you say nothing happens, does it not move at all or just doesn't move enough to grab?

    If it's the latter, you just need to tighten up the cable tension a bit. The brakes come loose out of the box so you can slip the front wheel on.

    If it's the former, it's likely still something simple, maybe the brake cable isn't secured on the front brake caliper. See what happens when you pull on the lever. Does the cable move but the caliper doesn't? If so then that's your problem. If the cable doesn't move then it's not connected at the lever.
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    Bingo! Just needed tightening! (Guess this isn't rocket science). Going for my first ride! More later!

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    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    Hey, I'm all for getting a deal but this doesn't seem to be it. You had to put the bike together yourself, replace defective shifters, spend countless hours repairing/adjusting the derailures, replace the bottom bracket, replace the saddle, replace brake pads (and the brakes still suck).....
    Doesn't seem like a deal at all. I know, I know the bike was free and a gift. You can see by being faster than all of the people that you ride with that it's not about the bike - it's about the rider but don't need to throw good money after bad just to make this bike work.
    Not quite...you're reading more into my words than I put into them...

    The shifters weren't defective, they just didn't meet my particular demands. And I wouldn't call my time spent in adjustments or even all the work in general "countless hours"...in the month or so I've owned the bike and the 250+ miles on it, I've spent four hours tops working on the bike...my initial lengthy time spent adjusting was mostly due to my inexperience adjusting derailleurs.

    On top of that, any new bike is expected to require frequent initial adjustments as the cables stretch...it's not unique to the Denali...

    The bottom bracket as I've mentioned before is a problem with my particular bike, I haven't seen it on other Denalis. Tons of people choose to replace the stock saddle on any bike, and I never said the brakes suck with the new brake pads. They are perfectly adequate.

    The bike works fine, and as you can see above I'm not the only one satisfied with it.
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    Fair enough, no sense in debating about it. There's no question that this is a starter bike. There's also no question that there will be a nicer bike in my future, but whether or not this one will ever leave the stable isn't so certain!
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    Not sure why longbeachgary even bothers with this thread, but I guess it's because he's got a lot invested in the sport, and considers anyone that pays $159 + $15.50 = $174.50 + free shipping, shouldn't enjoy themselves.

    But hey, it's a excellent "starter" bike. As I gain more experience and knowledge of biking in general...I'm sure I will outgrow this bike.

    But I had a blast today! Instead of sitting around the house (burning up some excess vacation time), I rode from Marina Del Rey to Pacific Palisades (15.5 miles). Not bad for my 1st excursion.

    Zero problems with the shifters and brakes once I figured out how everything worked. Probably needs an initial tuneup which I will have done this week.

    My max speed was 17.5 mph (average speed was only 7.3 mph), but it's my weak (couch tv) legs and those dog gone bikinis that slowed me down, and not the bike.

    I don't know if the top end bikes have great saddles or not, but the Denali saddle definitely needs upgrading. This evening I plan to pick up that Serfas saddle as well as a lock, so I can park it and get a little more sun & exercise tomorrow.

    Hey longbeachgary, sorry I'm enjoying life on the cheap! NOT!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by borobike View Post
    The shifters weren't defective, they just didn't meet my particular demands. And I wouldn't call my time spent in adjustments or even all the work in general "countless hours"...in the month or so I've owned the bike and the 250+ miles on it, I've spent four hours tops working on the bike...my initial lengthy time spent adjusting was mostly due to my inexperience adjusting derailleurs.
    Some people enjoy working on bikes, and some people loath it.

    Some people are able to do it, and others aren't. This has been a learning experience for you, and now you're in the "able to do it" category. You spent some of your time, but gained knowledge for it. Whether that's a good or bad deal is in the eye of the beholder.

    ( Personally, I just want to ride my bike, so I want it to work when I'm ready to ride, and that's all. Long Beach Gary probably feels the same way I do, and would rather pay someone else to do this kind of stuff. To each his own. )
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    Glad you're enjoying your new ride stwebb! Hope it's the first of many.

    About working on your own bikes...

    I'm definitely in the opposite category...I don't trust anyone else's work nearly as much as my own. This has been the case before with my cars and is now also true with my bikes. It's just a feeling I have that I can learn enough and work on it better than anyone else could, so I don't mind working on it.

    Working on my bikes actually gives me inspiration to ride more. Sometimes I go for a ride for the simple reason to see if a little tweak I made makes any difference. A lot of times I do notice a difference and it's a great feeling. Some of it is probably a placebo effect, but if it gets me riding more I really don't mind!

    I'm definitely a tinkerer...once a day I'm shooting oil somewhere or cleaning something. Not necessarily because it needs it, but because the perfectionist in me is showing through...
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    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    Not sure why I bothered either since most of the others have not.

    I want you to enjoy your bike and I want you to enjoy it for a long time. What I find is that most of those who buy department store bikes wind up having the bike hanging in the garage because they are hard to work on and they are difficult to ride. When you do trade in your GMC and get a decent bike store bike, I want you to send me a thank-you note.
    You're right, most of the department store bikes are, at least those I've had anything to do with. Mainly because the cheap junk they put on them breaks or never works right in the first place. I haven't seen this to be the case with this one though. I ride mine about 130-150 miles a week, mostly commuting and some play - not a lot by some standards but not hanging in the garage either. For longer distances or more serious sport sure, better components and lighter bike would be my choice but for the purpose it's hard to beat.

    I also wouldn't recommend anyone ordering it off the internet unless they felt willing and confident in getting the components adjusted (or installed right to begin with). I'd say the same for any bike ordered from the internet though ... and I had to go over the last two bikes I bought from our LBS also, getting the adjustments right. So that's kind of a non-objection from my perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    Not sure why I bothered either since most of the others have not.

    I want you to enjoy your bike and I want you to enjoy it for a long time. What I find is that most of those who buy department store bikes wind up having the bike hanging in the garage because they are hard to work on and they are difficult to ride. When you do trade in your GMC and get a decent bike store bike, I want you to send me a thank-you note.

    I agree with what Longbeachgary stated, "I want you to enjoy your bike and I want you to enjoy it for a long time." I haven't owned this bike for more then a week (logged 34 miles in 3 days so far), but plan on riding the heck out of it and doing my best to maintain functionality as for me I got the bike already pre-assembled and thought I would have to adjust it, and tighten it. I'm 5'9" and the seat was already positioned so when I sit on it my downward leg has a slight bend in it and it feels comfortable.
    I may need to adjust the bars, but when hands on bars my back is at a 45 degree angle so it feels alright. I was amazed as maybe the person who put this together was within the same height as me. Just speculating, but I think I was lucky, yet was thankful.
    I understand now it is just a GMC sticker on the bike, but like seeing it. I know this bike is a Walmart sold road bike and agree that it is a beginner level, but as many have said, "it is a beginner road bike". So it has made it to the level of "road bike". I am OK with that as I see many folks talk about how they have been able to reach 2000 miles + and very minimal adjustments/repairs in stock setup. Yes I agree that all depends on the road conditions and rider habits.
    Now after researching many websites and watching many races, I know it doesn't even come close to the big leagues of "name brand" bikes as no one has come publicly forward announcing they are riding the GMC Denali (imagine if you will if someone did and had a positive feedback-where would the level of bike parts and performance be?) whether it is the LTD or Pro as it is in fact like stated all over pretty much all the "GMC Denali" postings it is simply a beginning road bike which to me is a start to a new journey in riding just to ride or commuting or log distance riding events for causes that mean something to the rider.
    I do not lay claim to knowing much about bikes and will not claim to, but I will say that I am trying to get fit and live longer and thank Walmart for offering a bike that fits my budget and so far as others have mentioned surpassed its awkward looks it gets on the road or in events. If it is not for you, simply pass it up and spend the bucks for a brand name road bike, but don't knock it until you have tried it and if you have tried it and don't like it, thanks for letting us know.

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    wphamilton - I agree about the Denali being an easy to ride bike, that was my instantaneous thought the first time I got on the bike. It was a thrill just going up and down the block compared to previous bikes I've ridden. For that reason I continue to ride it every single day, except for one day a week (Friday) I literally FORCE myself not to ride so I can be prepared for the long Saturday group rides which take place at 7 am.

    Again for that reason, even when/if I get myself a nicer bike, I doubt the Denali will ever just be hanging lifelessly on the rafters. Ever wish you could go blasting around the block in your first car with the windows down, just to enjoy yourself? I'm positive the Denali will still be there for me in the future to fulfill that cycling-related need.

    TexasPedaler - 2000+ miles is very manageable but there are many that have reached far beyond that! CigTech on this forum had a Denali that reached 14000+ I believe, and someone in this thread posted that their Denali was at 11000 miles at the time they posted.

    Your goals of becoming fit and living longer are quite capable of being met with this bike...mine has helped me lose 24 pounds so far and helped me to discover a new sport.

    I suppose the point of all this is, the Denali is sort of a "jack of all trades, master of none" road-style bike...great for beginners or casual riders. If you want something more suited to a particular need (or more suited to you, personally) you WILL have to spend bigger bucks or modify the bike to fit you, there's no way around it. But you've got to start somewhere, and what I'm trying to prove (although obviously at 260 miles now we're still early in the process) is that the Denali won't explode underneath you along the way.

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    I ride two different department store bikes of doom. Neither have exploded or caused small children to cry yet.

    198? Free Spirit Sovereign 12 speed road bike (Sears) - the smooth and comfy one. The commuter/hauler/touring bike.
    2011 GMC Denali 14 speed road bike (Wal-Mart) - the fast frankenbike. The racer.



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