I seem to be missing something that should be obvious. The bike is a Schwinn S-25 full suspension that I bought at a pawn shop for $130 tax included. Originally the idea was to have a spare bike at the shop for anybody who wanted to use it. It sold new for as little as $189. So this is a hard-core "department store bike" -- a piece of unmitigated crap in other words. But yet I like to ride it as much or more than my Cannondale, my Trek or my new Dawes road bike. I tweaked it to my taste with street tires and set the suspension preload firm enough that it doesn't "pump" excessively, but will handle potholes or going over curbs with no fear. I don't do hard core off-roading through creek beds and rock piles etc. The rear derailleur was getting sloppy, so for the price of $34 I upgraded it to a Shimano Alevio. The brakes work fine after I put a "horseshoe" brace on the rear caliper to eliminate some annoying flex. The Shimano full index shifters work very well. The bike is a tad heavy, but with my weight of 175 lbs with clothes and boots an extra 10 lbs doesn't really make that much difference. I have put several hundred miles on it with no breakdowns. Average speed on pavement is only 2 mph less than the new road bike with equal effort and it is a butt load more comfortable than the road bike. It is, of course, more versatile in terms of surfaces it happy on. The Cannondale and Trek are hybridized mountain bikes and they are fine, but don't do anything for me that this Schwinn can't do.
What exactly is so wrong with this "department store bike?" I'm not getting it!
Don in Austin