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Old 12-01-06, 06:52 AM   #1
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Interested in biking.

I would like to get into biking, but I need to lose some weight first (a few extra pounds) I wanted to start off small. So I am about to purchase a bike from Walmart.

My Question is what speed bike is the best?

I am looking at 2 bikes for their price. One is 15 speed and the other is 18 speed. Which is better? Both of them are Mountain Bikes by the way.

I am then planning on moving into freestyle/BMX stuff. I got inspired by this video clip:
http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=18648

Anyway, do I need a low speed bike for trick bikes? Thanks
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Old 12-01-06, 07:09 AM   #2
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Welcome to biking! great way to lose weight and most of your savings! Now would like to steer you away from the chain store bike if I can. Don't get me wrong, if it get's you out and riding it's a great bike! But you can get a lighter, stronger, better fitting bike from your local bike shop. And get their support and warranty and free adjustments through the break in period. I also believe that people will ride a bike more if it fit them and is set up right. Anyhow welcome. And the best way to drop some pounds is to get on the bike! really just throw one leg over it and go. the weight will come off, I promise.

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Old 12-01-06, 07:12 AM   #3
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How much money are you looking to spend?
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Old 12-01-06, 08:23 AM   #4
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Biking is a good way to shed pounds
Walmart bikes are not very good. The weakest part of any bike arer the wheels and budget bike wheels are notorious for poor build quality and dodgy spoke tension.
You would be better off with a major brand, pre-enjoyed bike that has little wear.
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If you are going to begin with a chain store bike, don't even think about any free style stuff! While you will get a better bike from a bike shop, if all you plan to do with the walmart bike is ride around the neighborhood, it should work fine.. but again, you'll probably do better at a bike shop. If you do decide to go with the Walmart bike, make sure you go over its assembly very carefully - make sure evrything is put on correctly, connected properly, and bolted tightly!
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Old 12-01-06, 10:53 AM   #6
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Don't buy a Walmart bike! They suck and, if you actually end up getting into biking, you'll end up regretting your purchase and dropping more money anyway to buy a better bike. This has happened to numerous people I know.
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Old 12-01-06, 04:47 PM   #7
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Consider finding a used bike shop bike on craigslist if you live in an area that has a craigslist. X-mart bikes just don't have the same quality as a bike shop (LBS) bike. I know it sounds strange. But a used LBS bike in good, but used condition is probably a better buy and safer. Please consider if the used bike is in good shape, you can ride it for about a year, then sell it for almost what you paid for it when you upgrade.
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Old 12-02-06, 07:53 PM   #8
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Keep an eye out in the local paper or at www.craigslist.org for a used bike. Wallmart bikes are the worst (statisticly speaking).
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Old 12-02-06, 08:28 PM   #9
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Like others have said. Take your budget and spend it on a used bike instead.

We'll all be happy to help you through the finding/buying process to make sure you get a good bike for the cash.
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I would like to get into biking, but I need to lose some weight first (a few extra pounds) I wanted to start off small. So I am about to purchase a bike from Walmart.

My Question is what speed bike is the best?

I am looking at 2 bikes for their price. One is 15 speed and the other is 18 speed. Which is better? Both of them are Mountain Bikes by the way.

I am then planning on moving into freestyle/BMX stuff. I got inspired by this video clip:
http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=18648

Anyway, do I need a low speed bike for trick bikes? Thanks


i kept waiting for her to do something difficult in those 5+ minutes....

anyway, i couldn't see her face. i am only left to wonder if she was hot or not.

welcome to bikeforums
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Old 12-02-06, 10:36 PM   #11
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yeah don't shop wal-mart or target or any of the big box stores.. If price is a concern you can get a decent bike for a little over 200 like a giant boulder and that's brand new.. Not top of the line, but it'll work, hold up, and probably be adjusted right when you purchase it..

I really hate adjusting walmart bikes.
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Old 12-03-06, 09:39 AM   #12
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Just for reference/encouragement....

I found a 2003 Specialized Hardrock for $80 on craigslist.
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The OP has asked the same question on three forums, and has never replied to any.

Troll or spam.

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Old 12-04-06, 10:07 AM   #14
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Did he get the same answers on all three?
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Old 12-04-06, 10:13 AM   #15
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Pretty much. Although I think the Road Cycling lot tore him/her/it to shreds.

Is a mountain bike good for Road Cycling?

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Old 12-04-06, 10:20 AM   #16
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It would appear that everyone in this forum was well behaved! Probably a first
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Old 12-04-06, 10:25 PM   #17
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Walmart bikes are cheap for a reason, you dont have to buy a really expensive bike but make sure the bike you get is durable. I had Canadian Tire and Costco bikes for my life until I finally bought my Kona Hoss this summer (over 1000 bucks Cdn. so I had to work all summer to pay for it as well as gas money for my truck so that I could take it around.)
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