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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-24-08, 08:49 PM   #1
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No more treks for me.

Since my trek classic cruiser so many problems,I decided to buy a wal-mart bike.

Thats right no more treks for me,first a loose cone,spokes breaking,coaster wearing out,seatpost rusted to the frame,broken seat and dropouts damaged from the original bolts(not covered under warrantee)the bike is only 10 months old,I decided to garage the trek and buy this bike from wal-mart.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8399254

I dont care what you think about it,with the junk trek that I bought a wal-mart bike is definately a step up.but you may say"why didnt you buy a better trek",at that time I couldn't afford to buy a better trek.I bought what I could afford at the time,the trek should have been built better,besides no matter what bike I ride its going to get torn up.
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Old 05-24-08, 08:56 PM   #2
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Trek makes some crappy bikes(chinese) but they also make nice ones(made in USA). The difference in quality is huge. Don't buy a walmart bike you're just wasting more money
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Old 05-24-08, 08:58 PM   #3
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wrong forum, and i want my click back
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Since my trek classic cruiser so many problems,I decided to buy a wal-mart bike.

Thats right no more treks for me,first a loose cone,spokes breaking,coaster wearing out,seatpost rusted to the frame,broken seat and dropouts damaged from the original bolts(not covered under warrantee)the bike is only 10 months old,I decided to garage the trek and buy this bike from wal-mart.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8399254

I dont care what you think about it,with the junk trek that I bought a wal-mart bike is definately a step up.but you may say"why didnt you buy a better trek",at that time I couldn't afford to buy a better trek.I bought what I could afford at the time,the trek should have been built better,besides no matter what bike I ride its going to get torn up.
And you think you're going to solve all those problems by getting a Walmart bike? You'll have even more problems. You get what you pay for.
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yeah that bike will give you more problems
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my rule of thumb:

$xxxx.xx LBS Bike = $xxxx.xx/2 Walmart Bike + $xxxx.xx/2 Repair Costs
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Old 05-24-08, 09:31 PM   #8
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Post a picture of you riding this bike while wearing your snowboarding helmet. And the accompanying goggles for good measure. If you don't I will assume your posts are an elaborate ruse by some insane BF'er. In fact, I bet Hotbike and Mark9950's posts come from the same IP address.
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Its because you never maintained it OR got it a tune up.

Duh
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When I first stumbled across Bikeforums, I saw the "Singlespeed and Fixed Gear" and thought, Hot Dog, they have a forum for Me! I didn't know what Fixed Gear meant, but I had a singlespeed and figured it would fit right in. In fact, you have to interpret the forum title as "Bikes that are both Single speed and fixed gear". But it makes just as much sense grammatically if you interpret it as "Single speed bikes and Fixed Gear Bikes", but you quickly discover that's not what it's about.

Anyway, in the original post, it's really hard for a third party to tell where the problem lies. Loose cone is an assembly/tune up problem. Broken spokes can be poor quality, can be overweight, can be bumping over roots and curbs and stuff, can be poor adjustment, etc. Seat post rusted sounds like leaving the bike out in the rain. Breaking stuff with the orignal bolts sounds like a user problem. All of these problems can happen just as easily with a Walmart bike, which is not noted for professional assembly, tune up, etc. Anyway, if your mind is made up, go for it and enjoy. If you're right, you've got yourself a good bike at a good price. If you're wrong, you've learned a valuable lesson.
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i don't think it's too OT here to say that I hate walmart and your money went towards helping some very bad people oppress some of the most underprivileged people around.

you lose! enjoy your Klan bike.
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Trek makes some crappy bikes(chinese)
I wish I knew this before I bought it.The @#$% bike shop owner lied to me and told me the bike that I bought was made in usa,I guess you live and learn.

Fool me once shame on you fool me twice?never happen.

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Trek makes some crappy bikes(chinese) but they also make nice ones(made in USA). The difference in quality is huge. Don't buy a walmart bike you're just wasting more money
I already wasted $200.00,maybe I should start walking.

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And you think you're going to solve all those problems by getting a Walmart bike? You'll have even more problems. You get what you pay for.
A bike is not a toy for kids to play with,I have my tools,cone wrenches,adjustable wrench so that I can regrease the wheel bearings and one piece crank(these cranks are so easy to work on.The reason why kids have problems with these bikes is because a bike is not a toy,it has to be maintained.


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,first a loose cone,spokes breaking,coaster wearing out,seatpost rusted to the frame,broken seat and dropouts damaged from the original bolts(not covered under warrantee
There were five problems listed above with a name that supposed to mean QUALITY as I falsly assumed,and BELIEVED the LBS owner about trek.

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i don't think it's too OT here to say that I hate walmart and your money went towards helping some very bad people oppress some of the most underprivileged people around.
Thats not my problem, but if you will pay the difference of what I can afford and the american made bike price I will buy one.Do you hate the muslim arab terrorists and their oil?

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Old 05-24-08, 11:33 PM   #13
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Screw it.

"Enjoy" you new purchase.

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Old 05-24-08, 11:33 PM   #14
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Loose cone is an assembly/tune up problem
Trek quality?

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Broken spokes can be poor quality, can be overweight, can be bumping over roots and curbs and stuff, can be poor adjustment, etc.
Trek quality?When I relaced the original wheel I must have done it right.never broke a spoke after that.I have to specialized tools.

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Seat post rusted sounds like leaving the bike out in the rain.
No,Riding in the rain without fenders,Trek could have used a chrome plated or stainless seatpost.

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Breaking stuff with the orignal bolts sounds like a user problem.
Poor Design,the original bolts did not have a flange(built in washer) like the common bolts that are used today on other bikes,If I would have known back then the original bolts would have caused damage to the dropouts I would have changed them,on top of that the steel is definately softer and crushes very easily under pressure leaving a lip on the inside of the dropout that I have to file off.

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All of these problems can happen just as easily with a Walmart bike,
I guess that my Trek IS a wal-mart bike,the only difference is that I payed $90.00 too much.

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$xxxx.xx LBS Bike = $xxxx.xx/2 Walmart Bike + $xxxx.xx/2 Repair Costs
Who has to go to the LBS for repairs?Unscrew the bolt/skewer and get to work,a wrench only costs about $5.00.I made my own cone wrenches out of regular open end wrenches and a belt sander.

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Old 05-24-08, 11:37 PM   #15
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No matter how true the wheel,
I replaced my coaster brake hub using a wal-mart bike wheel and except for the hump in the wheel the wheel is fine.By the way the bontrager tires themselves haves hump in them when I fill them up with air,bontrager quality?

Shall we talk about bontrager tires too?

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Maybe try another bike shop or do a little research before you go and do something this incredibly stupid and short-sighted.
Not another trek and I am not going buy a mountain bike or road bike,I hate being crunched up.I want those cruiser bikes.

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You know what.. you bought a stupid, ****ty, bargain basement crapcycle and got exactly what you deserve. You're the same kind of genius who gets all outraged because your Sony TV starts going all wonky "BUT IT'S A SONY I THOUGHT SONY WAS A GOOD BRAND."

Guess what, names don't mean **** anymore. Fender makes some of the best and some of the worst guitars out there. Shimano makes garbage components and top of the line components. Trek does the same. Norco does the same. Damn near any company who's name is worth a damn is going to let quality suffer on some of their products because their high-end stuff does a good job of maintaining their brand's integrity while the semi-disposable low-end garbage does a nice job of increasing their bottom line.

It was a $200 bike. The hell did you expect?
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I dont have a digital camera,can you send me yours?
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My Trek has been absolutely phenomenal for the past year.
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I dont have a digital camera,can you send me yours?
Mine's broken. ****ing Nikon...
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Mine's broken. ****ing Nikon...

Isn't this the "should I replace the dropouts on my $200 bike? They have marks on them from the axle and nuts." guy?
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I made my own cone wrenches out of regular open end wrenches and a belt sander.
This adequately and completely sums up this guy's mentality.
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you've already posted a whole bunch of threads with your pointless ranting. let it go

Dropout damage
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Every bike should be cheap and high quality and never break, ever! I want a pony.
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