recently, I wanted to buy my first bicycle to travel around the city occasionally. I went through a lot of web site to find a cheapy one. Then I came across a review on Yelp.com, and here is the content:
I bought a big box bike (gasp! courtesy of Target) to ride around the city. I *knowingly* bought an El Cheapo bike, since I was worried about my bike getting stolen, since it's what I can currently afford, and since I didn't want to outfit my current road bike with a chain guard, fenders and a rack for commuting (the point of a road bike, after all, is to be light). I am not a bike expert, but I have a working knowledge about bikes.
I knew my Tar-jay ride needed a little tweaking -- even I could tell the brakes were a little out of alignment, and the fenders were placed a little crookedly. And besides, I didn't trust that the bike had been competently assembled. Hence, I sought some professional assistance in making my brand-new, already assembled bike road ready.
The shop was empty when I came in. I explained I wanted someone to look over the bike to tune it up and make sure it was put together correctly.
Him: [smirking] Sorry, I don't work on those. You should just return it.
Me: [totally confused] What? What do you mean? You won't even do a tune-up??! The bike is brand new; it rides okay and the gears even shift smoothly.
Him: I see these all the time and I tell everyone I see to return those bikes. Just take it back to the store. It's not even worth it.
[Then proceeds to go on a tirade about how horrible dept store bikes are, how my bike isn't the brand it claims to be, how it's crap because it's made in China or Taiwan and pontificates about the superiority of buying a used bike.]
((Yes, I know it's a licensed brand and the bike is manufactured by someone else, and what the hell is wrong with bikes made in China Taiwan -- even some of the Bianchi models are made in Taiwan. Flying Pigeons are made in China and bike enthusiasts still love their style, jerk! And don't you think I've already scoured CL for a suitable bike?! You try finding a used petite frame bike!))
[Then he asks me how much I paid and nearly rolls his eyes when I tell him how much.]
Him: Yeah. Definitely return it.
Me: [befuddled and getting angry at realizing I'm being snubbed by a bike snob] Fine. Thanks for your time (jerk).
You know what, Mr. Jerk? I have another bike, a nice one you'd probably like to work on. But I definitely won't be taking it to you. And I definitely won't recommend you to anyone I know.
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I am a certified computer technician who work in bestbuy with hundreds of computer every month. Sometimes I have to fix a high-end computer, and sometimes I have to fix a crappy laptop which takes 10 minutes to reach the login screen. But that doesn't bother me at all.
And when I surf through the forum people really take bicycle seriously (well this is a bike forum afterall). But What's up with the cheap bike? the sole purpose of bicycle is to travel us place to place, isn't it?
While most of the people in here sees $1000up bike as decent, whats wrong with bike like this?:
I really know nothing about bike (besides how to ride it), do I necessary have to spend a thousand dollar more on a bike?
I love bicycling.I used to ride them all the time when I was a child with my dad. But now the ugliness of the real world scares me off.