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    Did I buy a lemon?

    Hi everyone,

    I'm a bit new here and am a total bike noob.
    I say this because I bought a repossessed Roadmaster Mt. Sport SX from a police auction.

    The bike looked to be in great shape, and upon further inspection, the only visible flaw was PROBLEM 1: A broken right pedal which was somehow bent downward at an angle (not perpendicular) to the crankarm. PROBLEM 2: the back wheel was warped somewhat.

    PROBLEM 1: After a little bit of work, I took out both pedals to be replaced (they seem to have been rusted over a little, but the bike doesn't look too old. It was probably left in the rain).
    I didn't realize that while I was putting in the new right pedal, that the inside was stripped; I figured this out the hard way by having my right pedal fall out while riding.
    PROBLEM 2: I tried adjusting the spokes, and bending the rim of the wheel, it's improved but it still rubs the back brake.

    My question: I paid about $50 for this bike, a bit of an impulse buy. Is it worth it to keep fixing it, or would it be a waste of time and I should just get something new?
    I plan on using this bike for class-to-class commute (not home to campus) and light recreation. So as you can tell, I don't need anything amazing.

    Thanks guys,
    if you want more info the bike don't hesitate.

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    It is a 80 dollar Walmart bike. I wouldn't spend any more on it.
    Try putting it in the yard sale.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/26-Men-s-R...-Bike/13398147

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    Waste of time. You could have bought it new for $10 more!
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/26-Men-s-R...n-Bike/8399256

    Had a similar bike from Walmart. Tried to fix it, but there is absolutely no comparison to a good road bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beaker View Post
    I know but this is BF.

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    I'd only fix it if you have access to low/no cost used parts like an old donor bike. Consistent with the spirit of the previous advice, it's probably time to cut your losses.

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    Dang, another one went down again.
    2009 Trek FX 7.3

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    What everybody else said. On the other hand, you want something to ride around campus. It's perfect for that--no appeal to thieves, you can lock it with a piece of string, and if something happens to it you're no tout much. I'd keep working on that rear wheel until it's rideable, then use it until it died.

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    I hate auctions. People start competing with each other for junk. Maybe somebody else comes out okay, but I've left them alone for many years.
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

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    Thanks for the tips

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