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Old 04-26-11, 09:56 PM   #1
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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,
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Old 04-26-11, 10:05 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 04-26-11, 10:05 PM   #3
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Waste of time. You could have bought it new for $10 more!

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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Old 04-27-11, 05:44 AM   #4
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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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Old 04-27-11, 12:18 PM   #5
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Dang, another one went down again.
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Old 04-27-11, 10:26 PM   #6
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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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Old 04-29-11, 12:00 PM   #8
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Thanks for the tips
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