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Old 10-29-11, 11:58 PM   #1
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Check this walmart bike out

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Cycle-Forc...cycle/15382986

Looks like pretty good components, fenders, and lights for the money.

Anyone have any experience with these self generating lights though? How good are they?
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Old 10-30-11, 12:02 AM   #2
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I wonder if the guy who reviewed the bike made it half way across the U.S. like he said?...and he used the word "fiddly" twice"! Ned Flanders?
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http://www.walmart.com/ip/Cycle-Forc...cycle/15382986

Looks like pretty good components, fenders, and lights for the money.

Anyone have any experience with these self generating lights though? How good are they?
Hey there Ricky!

I'd say try it, you might like it!

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On the other hand, it may seem kinda fiddly!

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Old 10-30-11, 12:27 AM   #4
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On the other hand, it may seem kinda friddy!
Nah Slim- The bike is fiddly...fiddly. It must ride like a fiddle?

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Old 10-30-11, 12:35 AM   #5
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i wouldnt buy a bike based on what 1 guy says about it
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Old 10-30-11, 02:17 AM   #6
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The reviewer said the fenders and rear rack are fiddly. The frame at 45 CM won't fit most people.
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Well 45cm is about 17.5 inches so I think it will fit a lot of people. That bike is a hybrid with suspension and upright bars. They should not have use metric measurement for the frame size I think. The geometry is more mountain or comfort bike than road where metric frame size is typically used.

Specs say Deore derailleur but the picture definitely doesn't show a Deore rear. Unless for some reason they used a Deore front and Acera rear which doesn't really make sense to me since the higher end component is usually placed at the rear for visibility.
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Here's the manufacturer's page for the bike: http://www.cyclefg.com/shop/product....cat=351&page=1

They have 18, 20, and 22 inch frame sizes. I wonder why Walmart uses 45cm.

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I could almost bet it was a decision driven by price, or the fiddly nature of the product. Perhaps a bit more of a challenge to sell a fiddly frame to the short of stature neighboroonees out there..
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Shouldn't the front fender fit?
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One size-Fits All
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I'd like it a bit better without the suspension fork. and if it came is more sizes than just 45 cm.
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My bike shop fuji hybrid was less than that....although it didn't have fenders.

I'm pretty sure most of the fuji branded bits are nicer than what's on this BSO.
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Does that really have one of those old-style rim-driven generators? Yuck...
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Just another POS, that belongs in the trash bin. I think wallmart should STOP selling all those BSO's.
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Old 10-30-11, 08:54 AM   #16
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They have both a 45 and 51 cm available.
I'm debating on trying it out and leaving the lights off of it. I suppose they could be taken off?
Also, what is a BSO?

Here is the 51cm version of it with another review: http://www.walmart.com/search/search...onstraint=4171

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that bicycle is a re-branded lombardo from italy being sold under the tour de france brand now is new.
http://www.lombardobikes.com/
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that bicycle is a re-branded lombardo from italy being sold under the tour de france brand now is new.
http://www.lombardobikes.com/
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Is this a good thing or bad thing or just a comment?
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Nah Slim- The bike is fiddly...fiddly. It must ride like a fiddle?
OOPS!

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Actually, my mistake was even funnier!..Friddy!
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I'd say support your local bike store and not Walmart. Seems like your trying to get people to like this bike from Walmart. I don't get why you wouldn't go to a bike store if you were looking to spend almost 400 bucks. I have one good reason why you should go to your bike store and that is because of the people there once you buy a bike for there and a few lights or whatever. It's like making a new friend on top of getting a new bike try doing that at Walmart. Plus the guys at the bike store have a lot more know how then a Walmart store hourly employee. The other day I went into the bike store where I bought my bike i was going to buy an extra tube. I was looking for my money In My backpack and was not finding it. So he said its on me and off I went with a free tube. try doing that at Walmart. If you walked off with a tube you would be arrested and fined.
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They have both a 45 and 51 cm available.
I'm debating on trying it out and leaving the lights off of it. I suppose they could be taken off?
Also, what is a BSO?

Here is the 51cm version of it with another review: http://www.walmart.com/search/search...onstraint=4171
Hey Ricky!

Unfortunately, Walmart and the Big Boxed Bike store outlets, have been stigmatized and branded for selling "Bicycle Shaped Objects" , otherwise known as BSO's.

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Does that really have one of those old-style rim-driven generators? Yuck...
Yes, I suppose you could say yuck at the drag. I got a private message from someone in Greece telling me his previous bike with a bottle dynamo had much more drag than the one with the dynamo hub. At the same time, with a bottle dynamo, you can push it away from the tire if I'm correct to eliminate the drag when you don't need the light.

The 2009 Specialized Vienna Deluxe had a dynamo hub and front and rear light. In a way it was really cool but I don't know if they stopped making bikes like these. I find their site a little long to navigate...
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...jsp?spid=40433

The cheapest wheel I've seen with a dynamo hub is this one from niagaracycle (Redline XCE500 road front wheel if the link doesn't work in the future): http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=448482 and occasionaly I've seen it on sale.

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I'd say support your local bike store and not Walmart. Seems like your trying to get people to like this bike from Walmart. I don't get why you wouldn't go to a bike store if you were looking to spend almost 400 bucks.

Actually I totally agree with you. I play table top rpgs regulary and support my local game store over ebay/amazon.
The thing is I have no LBS. I live in a rural area of KY and the closest bike store is about 85 miles away in Bristol and from the reviews its about the size of of a couple of living rooms. Lexington is an option but it's 180 miles away. I could probably do this for my initial purchase.

But if I can spend $350, have it delivered to me with fenders, rack, deore, acera parts with the 51cm (19") frame, I guess I'm looking for a reason to not go with it. Again if I had a Local Bike Shop I'd definitly do that. Unfort. my bike shop is more of Remote Bike Shop
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Eh, I just read "Bike Snob" from bikesnobNYC and no longer too worried about what other people think of the bike. If it gets me from point A to Point B reliably and look (to me) cool, I'm okay with that. I'm still thinking of that Steel Cypress too. The bike shop when I called in Lexington said it wouldn't be good for the 14.5 or whatever commmute (each way).


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Unfortunately, Walmart and the Big Boxed Bike store outlets, have been stigmatized and branded for selling "Bicycle Shaped Objects" , otherwise known as BSO's.

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I really like that they're thinking of commuters with a rack and lights, but I just don't like the suspension forks on department store bikes. Too heavy and too much give that makes you do extra work or too little give to the point that they're useless.
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