Originally Posted by jwille
I was curious if this would be a good deal for about $100. I don't know much about Bicycle's and was looking at buying one mainly for casual riding in the evenings for exercise. If anyone knows anything good or bad about the features listed below it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Optimal Men's Bicycle - 26"
*Handcrafted oversized alloy frame is strong and durable
*21-speed Shimano TZ drive train with SRAM MRX twist shifters make shifting smooth and effortless
*SR Suntour suspension fork will smooth out your ride on and off road
*Alloy linear pull brakes with alloy brake levers offer strong and immediate stopping power
*36-spoke silver anodized alloy rims are light and strong
*Mongoose brand MTB bar and stem keep the rider in a more upright position giving a more comfortable ride
*Alloy seat post has quick release function
Please remember that your discription is the marketing text
designed to make want this bike....not that it's a well made
My guess is that you're returning to cycling so it would be
in your best interest to do a bit of homework on the features
that make up a quality bike.....not the one you mention.
My suggestion to newbies and folk's returning to cycling is
buy a quality bike,preferably a quality older STEEL bike, to
ensure that they at least start with a bike that won't break
right away and will give a safe comfortable ride. While steel
framed bikes "new" are both expensive and hard to find alloy
or aluminum ,to me, is a pitful poor substitute for steel.
Both aluminum & alloy will not give the ride of steel nor the
longterm durablity of steel. So if you buy aluminum or alloy
be prepared to replace it before you might want to.
All that said spend some time here learning what makes up a
quality bike (new or used) to avoid buying a bike that spoil
your fun before you start.