Join Date: Jul 2005
Bikes: 1984 Trek 520; 1990s Peugeot (Canadian-made) rigid mountain bike; 2007 Bike Friday NWT; misc others
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If I understood you correctly, you were disappointed with the Wallmart bike because you spun the wheel by hand and it didn't spin very long. That could be a minor problem...brakes a little off centre and rubbing on the rim, or axle cones slightly over tightened. When you buy a cheap superstore bike from the store or online, you should take it to a bike store after you receive it and have it tuned up. That's because the Wallmart staff may be rushed or inexperienced and don't always set the bike up properly. Then learn a bit about bike adjustment and maintenance so you can keep it tuned up yourself.
Having said that, it's also true that the Wallmart bike will likely be at the low end of quality and won't hold up to too much hard riding and you'll get better value if you spend more on a better bike from a bike store. Since you're not yet very knowledgeable about bikes I don't recommend a second hand bike for you, but if you do buy used, again it's important you take it to a bike store to be checked (for safety) and tuned up.
Last edited by cooker; 10-18-06 at 03:03 PM.