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Old 09-23-05, 08:50 AM   #1
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So My WAL_MART Cheapo Bike broke.

So i was riding home from work and the back shock(dont know what its called sorry) just broke on me. i had the bike 4 days. Now i have a problem no bike. I want another one, but i dont want ah piece-o-crap but i also dont really want to spend $500 either....and perferibly a MTN bike.
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First of all, if its only 4 days old, I would think you could get your money back.

Unfortunately, if you want a good bike you have to pay a little more. GO TO A BIKE SHOP. If you look around you might be able to find a bike shop that sells used bikes and you can get a good bike, used, for a decent price.
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The shock can probably be repaired or replaced if you go to a bike shop. First, though, I think WalMart should repair or replace if it was only 4 days old. One other thought, if you buy a mountain bike to ride to work I would get a hardtail for the roads instead of a soft tail. You can probably find a decent bike shop entry level bike in the $250 range.
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i jsut got done returning it wo wal mart they gave me my cash back...but now i neeed to find a new bike, and my local bike shop does not have anything below $500 except for one used one left that is way to small for me.
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Take the bike back and get a refund. Then buy a Trek MTN bike if that is what you want. 300 to 400$ will buy a good one that will last for many years. And if all you can get at WallyWorld is an exchange that's OK too. There bikes should last a couple of years with moderate use. You just got a lemon it happens. So ride and enjoy.
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What kind of trek should i look into...i use the bike to go to and from work 6 miles round trip, and i would like to go on some trails as well around my house, nothing like super crazy but some are challenging i suppose, well for me anyway.
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Well shoot... that's a bummer. Like what was said, I imagine you just got a lemon. I've had walmart bikes in the past.. never had one break like that. Their performance stunk, but they never just flat broke after a couple days. Since getting a bike from the local bike shop a month or two ago, I can now see the difference, and the price I paid (500), has been well worth it. In the past I was like you.. didn't want to spend much on a bike. But it's worth it when you know it's bike that'll be around for awhile, and you always have great support from the folks at the bike store. I think if I were you, and going back to Walmart, I'd avoid those FS bikes and get a hardtail. One less thing to break. LOL.
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I have a Pacific full suspension bike that I brought from Kmart 8+ years ago. I rode it 5 times, maybe.

Everything works fine, if you're willing to pay for packaging & shipping, I'll sell it to you for $50.
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i would but its not worth shipping it to me from NY. i think i am going to end up biting the bullett and buying a bike from a bike shop, now i jsut need to find one that is not to expensive.
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I would suggest looking around... your icon says Atlanta? I don't know specifically where you are at, but I notice that Intown Bicycles in Atlanta, and another shop in Decatur carries the Giant line. The Sedona DX for under $400 is a good bike for the roads and is OK for light off road use. I have had one for three years with no problems.

Not all Giant dealers will carry all bikes, but there are lower end Giants as well... I notice a Sedona ST that retails for $220 but the component set may be a little low end (but probably better than the *mart bike you had) If a shop doen't have the level of bike you want in stock, ask them if they can order it for you...

You need not limit yourself to Giants, but I mention it as a line I know.

Also, regardless of specific make and model you decide on, try to haggle a bit. It is nearing the time for the release on the 2006 models, and they may want to clear their stock to get in the new bikes.

For commuting, and even off roading, I think rear suspension is over kill for most people... skip it, save the weight and money. Even if the bike you get costs the same as another one with rear suspension, the components are probably upgraded to make up for it.

Open up your options to include mountain and some of the comfort bikes or hybrids, as they probably offer the capabilities you seem to want.

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I have a Trek 820. They go for 240$ now. A good aluminun frame one would be lighter althogh I am happy with mine. Your bike shop should be willing to order any Trek or comparable bike for you and you would not have to pay shipping on it. At least my bike shop does that. Of course they would rather sell what they already have so tell them you won't pay 500$ and they should work with you. Good luck.
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Gary Fisher (made by Trek) has some good hard tail MTBs for around $300. This time of year you are likely to find a sale.

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i jsut got done returning it wo wal mart they gave me my cash back...but now i neeed to find a new bike, and my local bike shop does not have anything below $500 except for one used one left that is way to small for me.
Hi John,

Since you live in the Tucker/Stn Mtn area, I'm guessing you went to Tucker Bicycles (Bikeways), correct?
Have you tried any other bike shops? Like Bicycle South (Clairmont Road and N. Decatur Road) in Decatur or REI (on the north side access road) near I-85 and Clairmont Road or Performance Bicycles (on the south side access road) near I-85 and N. Druid Hills Road.
I'm familiar with most bike shops in town and know some of the owners. Send me a PM (click on my user name) if you want more info or need help.


[edit] I just spoke to a shop owner who is a friend and fellow commuter who has a Giant Rincon for $370 plus tax. Interested? [/edit]
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I also have the Trek 820, I paid $219 from my LBS - with a full tune up within the year. I've got almost 1,000 miles on it and can't believe how good its been - plus how good it is to be back into cycling.

I'm riding FatBoy slicks (100lb), Ritchie pedals with a buddies old but not worn out shimano shoes. Cateye Astrale 8 computer (cadence version) I ride 10-35 miles about every 2nd or third day

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I want another one, but i dont want ah piece-o-crap but i also dont really want to spend $500 either....and perferibly a MTN bike.

From a novice to a novice:
I too wanted a decent MTN bike, but didn't want to pay too much. I fell in love with one that a friend of mine had so bought that one... a GT Aggressor. They didn't have his (my friend) year model anymore, so I bought the 2005 version, which is actually much better. Like you I don't ride mega miles, and just wanted it for short commutes and pleasure riding on a daily basis. That's why I couldn't really justify a higher-dollar bike. Here's a link to the one I purchased from Niagra Cycle Works. Shipping was $32 from way up there to deep S.Tx. The bike was on sale for $249 when I bought it a few months ago. The sale price they have listed now may be an error because I don't see how it could be a sale when it's only marked down $4.99... Lol! They have an 800# to call so it wouldn't hurt to give them a call if you're interested. I personally LOVE this bike!

http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...roducts_id/354

If you buy a bike that has to be shipped to you, then I would recommend that you have a shop assemble it for you. They're about 80% or more assembled, BUT the wheels are usually out-of-round from being shipped (box thrown around, etc.). Mine were that way and I was glad to pay the extra to let a shop put it together for me and 'round' the tires, etc...

Regarding Trek bikes, they're AWESOME and QUALITY from top to bottom! I'd have one if I could justify the cost vs my personal use... Good Luck with whatever you choose to buy!

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Peter, the cheapest Trek at my LBS is $550... I'm jealous! Maybe I should have shopped around a little more! Problem is that the nearest LBS is 60+ miles from where I live... Carol
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If you have an area around you that is somewhat of a resort, you might find a place that rents bikes. Or look up bike rentals in the yellow pages. Then go in and see if they are liquidating any of their rentals. I've bought 4 of my bikes that way, and it's saved me tons of money (and all of the bikes still run - 3-5 years now). Good luck!
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Yuo should be able to purchase a Giant Rinson for about $329. or cheaper this time of year. The Trek 3700 has similar components for about the same price. The Giant Boulder or Trek 820 are both less expensive, but with lower priced componets. For casual riding any of these bikes should suit you well.
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first I would have to say Wallmart , ( What was you Thinking) most Wallmart bikes are junk and put together back ass word, and have cheep deraillers and parts this is why they can sale them at the cheap cost, I have gotten this from a lot of my friends when I tell them I payed over 500$ on a bike they tell me why didnt I just go to wallmart and get me a cheepo, ( wallmart is not wear you go to get a good Bike that will last more then one year with out trouble, go to a good bike shop that lets you try out some of the bikes out for a short speen before you look to bie one.
and talk to them about what kinda bike you like, there is a lot of good bike out ther, my first road bike a OCR Giant cost me 550$ and still use it a lot.
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Have you checked on craigslist for used bikes? sometimes they have good used bikes for good prices.
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Another vote for craigslist, http://atlanta.craigslist.org/bik/, someone is listing a 2002 Trek for $200. The post is just a day or two old.
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All of these tips have been very usefull. Thank you all so much. I am glad to of have found such a wonderful fourm. I am going tomarrow to look around some other LBS in my area and see what i can come up with. I will be sure to let you all know what i find...Thanks.
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I paid 175 for a giant boulder (retail 229). You can get a much better bike for cheep at the bike shop that will not break after 2 miles...
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[B]Please go back to walmart , or another walmart in your area and get another roadmaster........you don't have to spend $300 or $500 for a decent bike.......I bought a roadmaster mountain sport from walmart 3 years ago; I put a full rack on the back and a nice lite setup, pump, and a few tools for under $150........$80 for the bike...!
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oh, I forgot to say--I'm still riding it .................well over 4000 miles
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