Hello, I'm over in Korea and need to buy a bicycle. I purchased an "Upland" brand bike and it has "Patrol" written on the side of it. It was pretty cheap, only $110, it has that middle shock thing so its not a hardtail, and it has gears on both the peddle and the rear wheel so you can change gears with both your left and right hand. It seemed like a good deal for a cheap bike, but I took a ride around the base perimeter and it seems extremly cheap.
The seat is god awful, it hurts to sit on it but that can be replaced. My main concern is when I change gears with either the left or right gear shift, it makes tons of noise, and sometimes if I change it a little bit (there are no "set" gear's you change in incriments, its just a throttle type device that you move foward and backwards) it'll start making noise without changing gear, like when you were a kid and put a playing card in your spokes. Does this make sence? Should I return it and get a better bicycle? The only thing is I'm in Korea and I don't exactly have normal USA type sources. I can goto the local AAFES BX and buy one of the other bikes (they had about 3-4 bikes ranging from $100-$500) or goto an offbase establishment and get a bike there, which could be hit or miss, if it falls apart I'm pretty much screwed.