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Old 09-04-12, 09:37 AM   #1
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I knew Wal-Mart bikes were poorly assembled, but..

..This takes the cake! This has to be a joke. Right?

I was laughing so hard I could barely take these pictures! This is a $200 Mongoose single-speed, so it's supposed to be a step up from their typical BSOs.


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Old 09-04-12, 09:42 AM   #2
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Someone better leave dems cussamors alone and gets backs to werk.
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Wal-mart doesn't really "assemble" bikes as much as you think they might. ("Well, sure!" you're saying, but that's not what I meant)

If you order a bicycle from them (such as, a cheapo for a cut-up donor, to build into something else) and choose not to have them assemble it for you--then when you go to pick it up at the store it is still packed inside the box, and you get to see what assembly there is to do.
Usually it is two things:
1--the handlebars+stem are taken out and zip-tied to the side of the front triangle/top tube. All the brake & shifter cables are already attached, and operational.
2--the front wheel is not in the forks, and there is a plastic spacer keeping the fork blades apart.

That's it.
The wal-mart people generally don't do any other assembly or adjusting, and they're not supposed to need to. In most cases, they aren't even allowed to. They are not trained as bicycle mechanics, and aren't supposed to act like they are. Something like a flipped crank seems pretty darned obvious, but it's probable that they didn't have the tool on hand for removing a crank-arm.

I don't defend wal-mart much, I tend to hold the view that most of what you find there is sub-standard merchandise.
Sometimes substandard works well enough though, if the price is right enough.
When it comes to the bicycles however, a factory in China is what did the assembly--proper or otherwise.
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Old 09-04-12, 12:11 PM   #5
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They're supposed to be like that ! It's the latest "thing".
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Wal-mart doesn't really "assemble" bikes as much as you think they might. ("Well, sure!" you're saying, but that's not what I meant)

If you order a bicycle from them (such as, a cheapo for a cut-up donor, to build into something else) and choose not to have them assemble it for you--then when you go to pick it up at the store it is still packed inside the box, and you get to see what assembly there is to do.
Usually it is two things:
1--the handlebars+stem are taken out and zip-tied to the side of the front triangle/top tube. All the brake & shifter cables are already attached, and operational.
2--the front wheel is not in the forks, and there is a plastic spacer keeping the fork blades apart.

That's it.
The wal-mart people generally don't do any other assembly or adjusting, and they're not supposed to need to. In most cases, they aren't even allowed to. They are not trained as bicycle mechanics, and aren't supposed to act like they are. Something like a flipped crank seems pretty darned obvious, but it's probable that they didn't have the tool on hand for removing a crank-arm.

I don't defend wal-mart much, I tend to hold the view that most of what you find there is sub-standard merchandise.
Sometimes substandard works well enough though, if the price is right enough.
When it comes to the bicycles however, a factory in China is what did the assembly--proper or otherwise.
Four things. You left out installing pedals and installing seatpost and saddle. I've assembled over 1000+ bikes and all but 2 were assembled as we've described. This includes almost every type of bike out there, save recumbents and 2 complete custom assemblies on high end road bike.

I have noticed many big-box store bikes with self removing crankarms as of late. I just tell the person to take the bike back. The assembler never took the time to tighten crank arms.
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Wal-mart doesn't really "assemble" bikes as much as you think they might. ("Well, sure!" you're saying, but that's not what I meant)

If you order a bicycle from them (such as, a cheapo for a cut-up donor, to build into something else) and choose not to have them assemble it for you--then when you go to pick it up at the store it is still packed inside the box, and you get to see what assembly there is to do.
Usually it is two things:
1--the handlebars+stem are taken out and zip-tied to the side of the front triangle/top tube. All the brake & shifter cables are already attached, and operational.
2--the front wheel is not in the forks, and there is a plastic spacer keeping the fork blades apart.

That's it.
The wal-mart people generally don't do any other assembly or adjusting, and they're not supposed to need to. In most cases, they aren't even allowed to. They are not trained as bicycle mechanics, and aren't supposed to act like they are. Something like a flipped crank seems pretty darned obvious, but it's probable that they didn't have the tool on hand for removing a crank-arm.

I don't defend wal-mart much, I tend to hold the view that most of what you find there is sub-standard merchandise.
Sometimes substandard works well enough though, if the price is right enough.
When it comes to the bicycles however, a factory in China is what did the assembly--proper or otherwise.

I agree those cranks were likely put on at the factory, but it is Walmart employees and Walmart management that put them out on the sales floor.
Chinese contract manufacturers will put exactly the amount of effort into a product that you request... Walmart quoted them a price they would pay per4 bicycle and the company cut corners to make it happen. It is likely that the same manufacturer makes bikes with more respected names on the frame, but those likely go through more or tighter QC steps and as a result fewer ridiculous mistakes get through.
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Well, as it happens, I was looking at the Toys R Us job ads last week and saw the one for bicycle assembler.

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Pull the correct ticket item to be built from the storeroom racks. Read and follow Toys 'R' Us and manufacturer assembly instructions, and adhere to all safety regulations for merchandise sold assembled.

Assemble a bicycle completely and properly in 15-25 minutes depending on bike. Safety test gears, brakes, rims for smooth operation.

Understand basic guest and manager inquiries concerning bicycles and other products requiring assembly and respond appropriately.

Perform routine maintenance on assembled items on the floor to keep them in sellable condition.

Repair guest assemblies, based on visually detectable problems or from symptoms described by a manager or guest.
Here's the whole ad. Bicycle Assembler at Toys R Us.
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Put toe clips on the pedals and ride it. You get double the power on the pedal down stroke.
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Here's the whole ad. Bicycle Assembler at Toys R Us.
Going to get a lot of adjustment and safety out of that 15-25 minute time frame...

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They forgot to flip iit and slam it.
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I agree those cranks were likely put on at the factory, but it is Walmart employees and Walmart management that put them out on the sales floor.
Not only that. If the pedals were indeed installed in-house at Walmart...
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Here's the concept explained for you. Two foot bikes rool!

https://sites.google.com/site/joefox...ts/twofootbike
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Here's the concept explained for you. Two foot bikes rool!

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15 minutes? It takes me 15 minutes to check the alignment of one wheel on my bikes. I like it to be mm perfect so it usually takes a bit of time. 15 minutes for a complete bike is... dangerous.
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Here's the concept explained for you. Two foot bikes rool!

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They did that to be "ironic".
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I love the new ways they're beating spam filters. Such informative posts!
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Anyone who puts that much effort into coloring his technical drawings must be a great designer!
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That is the exact type of bike X-Mart should be selling - simple, practical, it has a chain guard and kickstand... it's not a $200 downhill-bike-lookalike.

The simplicity of the bike also makes improper assembly less likely... but they still managed to find a way
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Maybe Wal-Mart is installing an eight hundred dollar set of Power Cranks?
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More likely the bike was purchased, the cranks fell off the second time the owner rode it, he returned it to the store and they gave him a new bike... the crank was put back on the original bike and it was returned to the shelves... problem solved!
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My bike didn't come with a poem......

The Two Foot Bike!
The next technology leap
Right here for all to peek
Hydraulics's the name of the game
Cause the power was breaking our chains
No lost time in shifting,
No frictions restricting,
No chains that bind and fall,
No gears to grind at all!
It's fluid on pressure with power,
Locomotive pistons devour
at 60 miles an hour!

To prove two legs on two foot are better than one for speed
Let's examine why bikes are so slow
they use only one leg don't you know,
while the other just dangles unused!
You're not happy, so sad, not amused,
That your bikes have been running so slow
using only one leg NOW you know!
Why not stand from your sitting position?
It's two legs you just used in your mission!
What a shock, what a thrill, what a wonder,
that TWO legs you've been using down under!
Cause it's hard for one muscle to do,
The huge weight that is best made for two!

So the future belongs to the TWO FOOT.
On the pump, use TWO LEGS!
Now it jumps far ahead!
For shocks hydraulics's the pride!
Not one, not three, has FIVE!
As smooth as silk the ride!
For Shock absorbing bionics,
Like music all five symphonic!
The shocks on pivoting springs,
with cat-like reactions they cling,
To put full power to road.
Disc Brakes can handle the load.
Sit back on your seat and pump,
with comfort for back and rump.

Your throne of speed and freedom!
It's rubber on handles go feel em!
Release the brakes and pump!
Your pupils dilate, heart thumps!
It's sixty! here comes the jump!
PTooooooo!
At sixty you ARE A CHEETAH!
GROWWLLLL!
The TWO FOOT, versus one foot.
Ahhduuh!
3 TIMES FASTER!
MORE POWER! TWO FOOT!
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