Hey There, First let me say that I am new to the world of Biking, so my knowledge is very limited. I am interested in purchasing a bike for exercise, and occasional commuting to work. I have read enough to know that most on the forum are totally against a bike from a department store, but I have not been able to find why that is exactly.
From what I have heard the reasons are that you don't get the customer service you would get from a bike shop.
Your bike will probably not be assembled near to the quality a bike shop would do it.
And the Bike will be total junk.
I have looked at local Bike stores and their entry level hybrid starts out at $500 and their entry road bikes start at $600. I am not wanting to spend that much because I am not sure if this is a hobby I will enjoy or not.
I am very interested in the Schwinn Prelude, or the Schwinn Tourist. It has the same derailer as the Trek bike from the local Bike store. The components look up to par from the Trek. What am I missing?
I can get the Prelude marked down to $200 which seems like a steal for the bike. Right now I don't see justifying spending the extra $400 for a bike with the same derailers, etc. (Shimano Tourney on Prelude, Shimano Altus on Tourist)
Please help me out, I know if I really got into it I would want a better bike, I'm not arguing that. I just need to know why the $600 bike is so much better. Without just hearing the Schwinn is junk... tell me why the Schwinn is junk.
Thanks for your help...
By the way I am 6 foot, 190 lbs. the Prelude seems to be the perfect size so I know Walmart bikese are one size fits all, but in this case it does fit. Travel will be on pavement.