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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
.....Other than that, the bike was okay for what it was but could have used a larger chain ring as the gearing is ridiculously low.
I'll add this as another reason why people should buy bicycles at decent bike shops or if they do buy at x-mart they need a professional to inspect and set up the bike and the adverts I have seen recommend that bikes be professionally assembled.......
That lady was very lucky indeed to meet you. Most new cyclists are not that lucky. They buy a bike just like they do most purchases now-at the local huge big box you-buy-it-and-it is-your
-problem-now-after purchase stores. They simply don't understand that a bike is a finely tuned machine like their cars. They are bargain driven to save money and/or time over all else. If they have a chance to ride (just ride) a decently fitted to the rider, tuned bike with good components I am sure they would begin to understand. As for gearing, I do want to add that a ridiculously low gearing is intended for a cyclist that will probably abandon his/her "bargain" bike after a single ride as the money already changed hands in the right direction.
And a well made, tuned bike lasts for generations. Here is a photo of 2 bikes side by side. The Schwinn Manta-Ray was made in 1970 and the Brompton is a bit more recent, but will probably outlast me!
Last edited by folder fanatic; 04-28-09 at 11:28 AM.