By the way, jewelry is a horrible investment...
By the way, jewelry is a horrible investment...
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.
Without reading all three pages of this, I will make a guess that most advise against getting a Wally. Add me to that group.
As much as you paid for that Beemer [Mercedies, Audi, Escalade], I'm surprised it didn't come equipped with turn signals.
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.
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.
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. Albert Einstein
2014 Additions: 1985 Trek 560, 1992 Trek Multitrack 700 (my 2nd), 1994 Trek Carbon 2200, Peugeot PX-10, 1981 Schwinn Voyager, 1989 Bridgestone RB-1
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.
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.
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.
Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S)
Rohloffs seen on the commute: 3
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.
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
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).
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.
Last edited by Duane Behrens; 11-08-13 at 06:11 PM. Reason: dangling participle
Glad you enjoy the new bike, though.