Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Tempe, AZ
Bikes: Schwinn Avenue (Walmart), Former owner of Mongoose Paver. (I have the notable distinction of purchasing the last Paver!)
Did you buy this at a department store? I've had a 5-6 bikes of this category (class?). I was quite happy with them (especially for the price). But, there was no denying that they (3 were Schwinns) were badly assembled by the store. Often the factory assembled parts were in worse condition than the store assembly. For example, wheel and bottom bracket bearings were tightened too much (feeling grumbly). Almost always insufficiently greased. The grease didn't even appear to be grease. It looked more like "cosmoline," a smelly greasy stuff for preserving metal. And, on three occasions the bottom bracket had metal shavings in it. It seemed like they came from the various tubes connected to it. If you open and clean the BB, rotate the bike around shaking it vigorously to see if any more comes out.
A complete overhaul (cleaning and greasing all the bearings) made a world of difference for those bikes. I think it makes the difference between a decent bike for the money and yet another horror story about department store bikes. I imagine many of the "it only lasted 60 days" complaints are a result of the assembly problems I've mentioned.
Be sure to examine the inside of the rims too. Often they'll have some sharp edges/seams. Hone any rough edges down with fine sandpaper or a polishing stone. (I think that's the cause of many of the "it flats every 3 days" complaints these discount bikes get).
I think it can be a really good bike. But, you have to put some sweat equity into it. That's just my experience with bikes of similar price/quality/origin/genre (whatever you want to call it, but I'm talking about discount department-store bikes).