Shocked by what I found at Target and Wal-Mart tonight...
Tonight I went to both my local Target and Wal-Mart stores and found something at each that made me happy.
In the "bikes" department they had a wide range of helmets in all shapes, sizes, and styles but they also made room for a mirror and directions for making sure the helmet fits correctly! I know everyone has seen people wearing helmets that are obviously not fit correctly removing most, if not all of the safety benefit that a helmet is supposed to provide. I will be emailing Target Corporate to tell them that I (as well as many other cyclists) wholeheartedly support the posting of these helmet-fit guidelines.
I went to a different Wal-Mart than I usually go to and up on the 3rd tier of their bike rack I saw a bike that looked classier and better built than the usual department store bikes. I investigated further... It is called the Mongoose Paver and it is a 7 speed rigid framed 700c wheeled hybrid with a rack and the one in the store came with a bottle cage as well. The bike was overhead so I couldn't test ride it but I came home and looked it up and it appears to be a great deal for someone looking to get into biking on greenways or MUP's but who doesn't want to invest several-hundred dollars in a new bike. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8399245
Do I think this hybrid is as nice as my Raleigh Detour Deluxe? Absolutely not. But I could have bought eight of these for what I have tied up in my one greenway bike. I think this bike is worth a look for the casual cyclist looking to do some fitness or pleasure riding. Kudos to Wal-Mart for selling a bike that isn't a crappy suspended "mountain bike" or overweight SS cruiser.