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Old 11-08-13, 11:06 AM   #51
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What you mean is you can try to sell a used bike for what you paid for it. The vast majority of bikes being sold are being sold by the surviving spouses at garage sales or through co-ops. How many people plan to sell something after they have used it X years? Why is the re-sale value of a bicycle important? It isn't. Bicycles are a terrible investment. So are cars. Art, jewelry... now you're talking. Buy a bike because you like it, not because you think you can convince someone to pay you what you paid for it after you've used it for X years.

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If you buy a 15 year old bike, use it for a year, and decide you want a new higher end bike you darn well should be able to get roughly the same out of it for resale. If not you spent too much buying it in the first place. Bikes of decent quality tend to hit a floor when it comes to resale price, so if you buy it near that price you can more than likely resell it near that price. I'm not saying it's an investment (that would imply that you will MAKE money off the resale) I'm saying you can likely recoup close to the same money if you decide to resell because you either don't want a bike any more or you want a nicer bike.

By the way, jewelry is a horrible investment...
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Note to o.p. If you buy a bike from Wal-Mart. Buy it in the box. Assemble it yourself or get a friend to do it.
This is one of the biggest problems with XMart bikes: they were put together by people who don't know how to put bikes together. IF you can put it together well and IF you can maintain it, then it may work out for you.

I would recommend against buying anything with suspension at Walmart unless you're really going to do off-roading (or, err, converting it to a Cruzbike recumbent, but that's another story) and even then, I'd probably avoid it.
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Ok. I'm going to tell my Wal-Mart story. The issue as I see it, is that Wal-Mart's reputation comes more from the reaction people have to their business practices, and not to any real negative experience with actual Wal-Mart products. Most of you telling the o.p. to stay away from Wally World bikes have never owned one!
In addition, besides the stereotypical bicycling enthusiast's snobbery/elitism directed towards "unworthy" bicycles/bicyclists, (IMO) there is the issue that much of the venomous hot air comes from posters who are directly, or emotionally, involved with the profitability, or lack of same, of local bike stores.
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In addition, besides the stereotypical bicycling enthusiast's snobbery/elitism directed towards "unworthy" bicycles/bicyclists, (IMO) there is the issue that much of the venomous hot air comes from posters who are directly, or emotionally, involved with the profitability, or lack of same, of local bike stores.
IDK. Many people who hate on Walmart tell people to check out Bikes Direct as an alternative. It's the venomous hot air towards BD that comes from the LBS mafia.
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Without reading all three pages of this, I will make a guess that most advise against getting a Wally. Add me to that group.
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IDK. Many people who hate on Walmart tell people to check out Bikes Direct as an alternative. It's the venomous hot air towards BD that comes from the LBS mafia.
Probably the same reason is involved with both of these hatefests towards non LBS new bike sales.

Note: "LBS mafia", I like it.
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Probably the same reason is involved with both of these hatefests towards non LBS new bike sales.

Note: "LBS mafia", I like it.
Yeah, I think if someone is looking to ride a bike path once a week with their young uns, they should buy whatever. Someone specifically looking to commute should be warned off the wally world stuff though.
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Yeah, I think if someone is looking to ride a bike path once a week with their young uns, they should buy whatever. Someone specifically looking to commute should be warned off the wally world stuff though.
Sure , maybe so. Conversely, someone looking to ride a bike path once a week with their young uns, or some other casual use should be warned about the recommendations and negative waves emanating from the LBS mafia.
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I commute on a $125 Trek 7000 from 1990 that I bought on eBay. The difference is that I knew exactly what I was getting, and knew that whatever work would be needed I could do myself. The tight BB I repacked, same with the hubs just because I could. I lubed the chain, replaced the front shifter (thanks to a BF member that had a spare). When I noticed a distinct wobble when riding I found that there were about 10 loose spokes on the rear wheel, which I tightened and then trued the entire wheel getting all the spokes to reasonable tension. For all of this, I spent $0. The bike purrs now as I ride it. I only spent additional money on new tires.

For a newbie to buy a CL or eBay bike though can be trouble. Everything I just described is a trip to the shop.

What I'd recommend though, as others have pointed out, is to go to a bike shop. I bought my wife a Specialized Vita for $500 and it is a perfect beginner bike. It came with a full tune up within the first year. The shop had 3 or 4 different bikes for her to try, the Specialized, Trek, Giant, and another I can't remember. All were about the same quality, the Vita fit the best. Before we left the shop, they had the mechanic go through a checklist to make sure everything was just right. That full tune-up was never cashed in because it just didn't need it, and the bike has been used a lot. That just won't happen at Wal-mart, and this service is worth a lot more than you think.

And I don't own a bike shop and never have and never will, I've never worked in one either.
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If you can afford to live in the San Francisco area, then I would hope you have a few more bucks available to you than the average Wallyworld patron. In any event, while there are good buys on craigslist available for those who know what they are looking for or are willing to fix up a bike with deferred maintenance, the bay area market is very competitive and the great deals are scooped up immediately.

I suggest you check out REI. They've been closing out the bike buying season since September, but there are still some VG values. Also, Publicbikes.com has had some killer sales of late and is right in SOMA.
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If you can afford to live in the San Francisco area, then I would hope you have a few more bucks available to you than the average Wallyworld patron. In any event, while there are good buys on craigslist available for those who know what they are looking for or are willing to fix up a bike with deferred maintenance, the bay area market is very competitive and the great deals are scooped up immediately.

I suggest you check out REI. They've been closing out the bike buying season since September, but there are still some VG values. Also, Publicbikes.com has had some killer sales of late and is right in SOMA.

I find this interesting that people think that because you live in San Francisco or New York City etc they can afford anything, actually that's not true. Sure they live in a high rent district but that's the problem, a huge percentage of their income goes towards the cost of renting or buying and leaves them with very little extra income to play with.
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I find this interesting that people think that because you live in San Francisco or New York City etc they can afford anything, actually that's not true. Sure they live in a high rent district but that's the problem, a huge percentage of their income goes towards the cost of renting or buying and leaves them with very little extra income to play with.
I find that interesting also. Some of the poorest people in the country live in NYC.

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I find that interesting also. Some of the poorest people in the country live in NYC.

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you should see London! most of my colleagues in the SE of England are looking at between 35 and 50% of net salary in rent

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Starting Biking on a wally world bike is like learning about Fine Cuisine at Micky D's.


Though like 7, if only 1 gear , there's less to disappoint you.
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Starting Biking on a wally world bike is like learning about Fine Cuisine at Micky D's.


Though like 7, if only 1 gear , there's less to disappoint you.
I'm going to ride it until it kills me. Leaving the other bikes in Germany for quick jaunts to the Alps for some Radler!
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yours was not bought from the Walton heirs world wide exploitation system.
was it. ?

because you didn't go into a wall* mart store to buy it.
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yours was not bought from the Walton heirs world wide exploitation system.
was it. ?

because you didn't go into a wall* mart store to buy it.
no, i didn't buy it at Halfords or Decathlon (which are excellent value for money).

walmart tried to compete in Germany and couldn't because it was too inefficient (and thus too expensive compared to Aldi/Lidi) and left Germany ...
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The German national trades wide Union system already established,
could not be defeated like it can be supressed so well in the store by store campaigns in the states .

One Canadian Wally World , Organized and the Barons of Bentonville closed It.
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could not be defeated like it can be supressed so well in the store by store campaigns in the states .

One Canadian Wally World , Organized and the Barons of Bentonville closed It.
yeah, that is a good point. we just had proper strikes at the Uni ... never seen anything like that in the states.
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other options would be thrift stores and pawn shops. like craigslist and other used bikes, there is gonna be garbage out there. One of my previous bikes was a trex from a pawn shop and was an amazing deal.
I hit the local thrift stores on occasion and see amazing good deals there often. a recent example was a very nice Giant hybrid at the local teen challenge. It was 39 bucks. I should have grabbed it up. I went back the next day, with my truck, and cash in hand. it was gone. Two days later it was out front at the lbs, for sale with other used bikes, for 175. Looked like all they had done was put new tires on it. Gone by the weekend.
also, garage sales and local cop auctions
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I started out on bikes from Wal-Mart when I was a little girl, but after purchasing Lola (2012 Schwinn Voyageur 7) at Performance Bike, I will never go back to department store bikes (esp. when I have kids). It sounds like the Voyageur may fit your needs (they also make a men's version).

Hope you find what suits you. I understand how overwhelming it all can be, but you will find what suits you, and keep in mind that you can also tweak it to meet your needs (as I have extensively done with Lola).
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I commute on a $125 Trek 7000 from 1990 that I bought on eBay. The difference is that I knew exactly what I was getting, and knew that whatever work would be needed I could do myself. The tight BB I repacked, same with the hubs just because I could. I lubed the chain, replaced the front shifter (thanks to a BF member that had a spare). When I noticed a distinct wobble when riding I found that there were about 10 loose spokes on the rear wheel, which I tightened and then trued the entire wheel getting all the spokes to reasonable tension. For all of this, I spent $0. The bike purrs now as I ride it. I only spent additional money on new tires.

For a newbie to buy a CL or eBay bike though can be trouble. Everything I just described is a trip to the shop.

What I'd recommend though, as others have pointed out, is to go to a bike shop. I bought my wife a Specialized Vita for $500 and it is a perfect beginner bike. It came with a full tune up within the first year. The shop had 3 or 4 different bikes for her to try, the Specialized, Trek, Giant, and another I can't remember. All were about the same quality, the Vita fit the best. Before we left the shop, they had the mechanic go through a checklist to make sure everything was just right. That full tune-up was never cashed in because it just didn't need it, and the bike has been used a lot. That just won't happen at Wal-mart, and this service is worth a lot more than you think.

And I don't own a bike shop and never have and never will, I've never worked in one either.
+1 on the CL/eBay route being a tricky to navigate. I will be honest, and state that I recently made the mistake of purchasing an MTB this past Spring off of CL. While I did not purchase it for that much cash ($60), I ended up putting new brakes/shifters on it, and it still did not work out for me in terms of my needs (mainly due to my losing interest in MTBing as quickly as it began - just a personal thing, I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would). All in all, I ended up losing out about $120 (the cost of the bike & stuff for brakes/shifters - I messed up a few times and had to re-purchase some stuff ... ). So, I chalk that whole thing up to learning experience. I didn't not end up enjoying MTBing that much, but I did learn quite a bit of bike mechanics, so all in all, a good trade off for the little bit of lost cash.
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I rode a $600 Univega alum hybrid daily for 15 years, enjoyed it, thought it was all I needed. Then I started riding with friends. Although I rode everyday and they only rode weekends, they dropped me on the hills with their carbon bikes. On their advice I eventually purchased a new, non-current Specialized Tarmac Comp Double for $2K - that is, $700 off list. It was something of a transformation in my capable range, speed and enjoyment. Astounding, actually.

I am in no way discouraging anyone from buying a $170 bike from Walmart. A Yugo can provide the same useful transportation as a Mercedes 300D. Moreover, there is a point at which spending more money on a bike provides only incremental advantages. (There is little functional difference between a $2700 and a $9000 road bike.) But I stand by my statement: In that $170 to $3000 range, you get what you pay for in terms of, primarily, enjoyment - and the proof is in every ride.

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you should see London! most of my colleagues in the SE of England are looking at between 35 and 50% of net salary in rent

I knew people in Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara that were paying 66% to 75% of their net salary! They drove around in beat up cars, or didn't own a car at all because insurance was too expensive and couldn't afford the gas or upkeep on the car. Then I knew some that, under the same 66% to 75% rent expense, that rented a 1 bedroom apartment had to find a renter who would share in the rent, so one would live in the bedroom and the other in the living room. And I have a brother in law who lives in Santa Barbara who has neighbors with as many as 3 families in one small 1100 square foot 3 bedroom house! And the combined incomes of all spouses working pays the mortgage but they still don't live well because they all drive beater cars, and these are $650,000 fixer upper homes in Goleta (suburb of Santa Barbara). So just because someone lives in Santa Barbara or wherever doesn't mean they have money.
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I rode a $600 Univega alum hybrid daily for 15 years, enjoyed it, thought it was all I needed. Then I started riding with friends. Although I rode everyday and they only rode weekends, they dropped me on the hills with their carbon bikes. On their advice I eventually purchased a new, non-current Specialized Tarmac Comp Double for $2K - that is, $700 off list. It was something of a transformation in my capable range, speed and enjoyment. Astounding, actually.
That's comparing apples to coconuts, though. The reason that road-bikers dropped you on a hybrid has almost nothing to do with the frame material or how much you paid for the new bike. I keep up just fine with people in my area on my $300 Craigslist steel.

Glad you enjoy the new bike, though.
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