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Old 08-03-10, 09:39 AM   #1
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Walmart cruisers any good? -Also how about Trek Calipso?

I have a decent Trek hybrid bike for my longer rides, but am now also looking for a 7 speed retro looking fat-tired cruiser just to crawl around town with...
I'm 70+ and still got me a soft spot in my heart for these old time looking bikes that were the mainstays of my boyhood days!

I saw a nice looking one in (gasp!) WalMart... Thing even had chrome steel fenders! Anyone have any experiences with these Wallywurld bikes? Sheeeesh, it was only $139, which ain't too hard to take..?

I'm also considering the Trek Calipso because it's a 7spd cruiser that's supposed to be fairly lightweight, but my local dealer wants $400+ for it, and that's making me a bit twitchy, y'know?

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Old 08-03-10, 06:46 PM   #2
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Can you fix your own bike? If so, buy the Walmart bike and enjoy busting your own knuckles.
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Can't you put fenders and maybe a basket or rack on your Trek? It should get you around town better than one of those Wal Mart specials.

But if you have a itch for an old cruiser, why not get a vintage one and get it restored? It would probably outlast you and/or hold its value better than a cheapie.
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Old 08-10-10, 06:35 AM   #4
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Look into the Diamond Back cruisers. I got one last year for my daughter ($190) and it is a well built bike so far. Plan on removing tubes and sliming, I think we got a flat pushing it to the car.
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You have service after the sale when you get bikes from a bike shop.
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Hey,
What happened to all the posts from 8/3 to 8/10? I recognize this thread and have responded to it earlier. There were many posts during that time discussing department store/LBS bike quality and service.
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Hey,
What happened to all the posts from 8/3 to 8/10? I recognize this thread and have responded to it earlier. There were many posts during that time discussing department store/LBS bike quality and service.
OP made two threads with same topic:

The other Walmart Bike thread
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Can't you put fenders and maybe a basket or rack on your Trek? It should get you around town better than one of those Wal Mart specials.

But if you have a itch for an old cruiser, why not get a vintage one and get it restored? It would probably outlast you and/or hold its value better than a cheapie.
http://www.schwinnbike.com/usa/eng/forums/
Get an old "Chicago" Schwinn Cruiser off CL and restore it with help from the link above.
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