love supercycle brand bicycles
i have bought bikes from canadian tire, and have never had serious problems, i modified them my self, and other than the usual wear and tear, i think they are well made, and agreat value, i am currently riding a supercycle thrill[only bought it 2 weeks ago] so i'll see how it goes , within the next few months[provided it don't get stolen], i had a 1800 previously[$99 special], i modified it with front shocks , good saddle, and a good chain, and i never had a problem with it, it was recently stolen, and i sure was happy with it, it went everywhere without a problem. So what about you do you think the supercycle brand sucks, or is a good buy.
Agree with you completely
I agree with you. Cheap bikes are great for commuting. You can leave them locked up wherever you like without worrying. Get stolen? Who cares, it only cost $99. The Canadian Tire SC1800 has to be the most popular bike in Canada. I see them everywhere, and I ride one myself for commuting. If those cyclists could do repairs and maintenance, they'd get a lot of use out of those bikes. On the other hand, if they don't know how to fix a wheel or overhaul a hub or bottom bracket, they could run into problems. Buying one of those cheap bikes is a great way to learn how to do bike maintenance and repair. It's much more fun to ride a bike you're maintaining and repairing yourself.
Originally Posted by colonel77
SuperCycle cheapo bike -- needs constant work
I share FlipFlop's experience. I've used my Canadian Tire SuperCycle SC1800 to commute for a year and a half now, up to almost 4,000 Km. I like riding the bike, but it needs a ongoing attention... regular drivetrain cleaning, a few replaced spokes. I even replaced the rear wheel and tires after a couple of thousand Km. But I keep riding it. The frame looks good and it's a comfortable geometry for me and, best of all, it looks so cheap and crappy I know nobody will steal it. I do have a replacement bike ready to go, a Giant Boulder, the lowest-end, entry level Giant from a few years back, very basic. It's a much higher quality bike (cost more than twice as much as the SC1800), but it's not as comfortable, so I'm hoping to make the SuperCycle last... even if I have to keep repairing it.
On the plus side, the ongoing repairs have resulted in a good box of bike tools, and increased my bike repair skills... I now do all the repairs on my good bikes, too. Haven't been to a bike-shop for repairs in two years.