I got my 4,000 miles off my Roadmaster Mountain Fury and I am finally ready to buy another bicycle as I wrecked and tacoed the wheel. (got cut off by a car, no real injuries) This is the problems I had with it. it was mostly used on roads, both paved and unpaved.
a) had to replace the peddles after 2,000 miles. ($22 bucks for replacement)
b) only one flat and two new tires ($3 bucks for new tube, $14 for two new tires)
c) basic maintenance of a brakes, gear adjustment, oiling the chain, etc. (just my time maybe 10 cents for the motor oil used)
What I really like about this bike is the thumb shifters. The gearing is much closer to that of a road bike than a mountain bike (28-38-48 front gear) (13-27 5 speed rear)
All repairs done myself. I want to hear from people who are riding department store bikes now. Do you have the same success with your department store bike that I did with mine?
I say for $58 bucks, I got my money worth. Anyone else have good stories to tell about cheaper bikes?