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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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    Chazzlee ">**)

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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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    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.
    - Solo Attack: When you attack, let the sprint group lead you out. You take no points. But when they sit up, you put your head down and hold threshold. Remember: When you see Jesus you are still about 2 minutes from blacking out. Hang on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrockern8r View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
    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.
    1984 "Chicago" Schwinn Cruiser
    2001 Trek 7200FX
    2006 Schwinn Cruiser Deluxe 7
    2008 Diamondback Insight 2
    2010 Electra "Flying Sue" 3i

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