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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 05-10-10, 02:45 PM   #1
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New track bike at Wal-Mart... no, not that one, another one

http://walmart.com/ip/Genesis-700C-M...cycle/14089740

Looks decent for $150, especially considering it's a 21 spd track bike
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Old 05-10-10, 02:48 PM   #2
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Item Description

The Track One from Genesis is a brand new dual drive bicycle that features the best of both worlds - single speed and direct drive. Simple in concept, but not execution - this one-speed bicycle has plenty of features. Tried and true steel frame, alloy wheel set, front and rear handbrakes, and a choice between direct-drive track style or single-speed freewheel drive.
Genesis 700C Mens Fixed-Speed Track Bicycle:
  • 21 speed Shimano Tourney drive train with dual lever shifters
  • Reliable front disc and rear linear pull brakes
  • Sturdy alloy rims
  • Triple ring alloy crank with low hill climbing gear
  • Top tube cable routing keeps shifting and braking smooth
  • Double bolt stem with rise handlebars
  • Comfortable Vitesse seat with quick-release height adjustment
  • Sturdy alloy crank set
I'm going to ask them how to shift on this bike and they better shift.
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Old 05-10-10, 02:50 PM   #3
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Ugh...**** Walmart.
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Old 05-10-10, 02:54 PM   #4
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haha and the front disc brake

i guess you gotta have options eh?
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[*]Top tube cable routing keeps shifting
that's what i read at first.

Where's the "triple ring alloy crank" and "rise handlebars" ?
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Old 05-10-10, 03:13 PM   #6
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i think they meant, " Double bolt stem with rise, handlebars"

what a difference a comma makes.

lets eat, grandpa!
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Old 05-10-10, 03:59 PM   #7
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I had to zoom in twice, to read that graphic on the top tube
and chain stay.

Crack one?
Wha....?

Oooooh- Track One -
that makes a lil bit more sense

This bike is steel
whereas the former Wal Mart Fix
was al-u-mini-um.

If it came in a larger size, I'd consider getting one, but it seems
from the review it's a small frame.
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Old 05-10-10, 04:04 PM   #8
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Also it doesn't say what kind of steel. It could be hi-ten or heavier. I'd actually take the Cachet over this at first glance. The road drops + hoods are attractive though.
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Old 05-10-10, 04:05 PM   #9
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Hmmm, wonder how big it is. Headtube makes it look like 52-54, but that top tube looks SHORT! Could very well fit like a 48 or so.
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Old 05-10-10, 04:06 PM   #10
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This bike is steel
whereas the former Wal Mart Fix
was al-u-mini-um.
what?
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Old 05-10-10, 05:30 PM   #11
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not "track" bike
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As long as i dont see hipsters buying this and thinking there legit.
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Old 05-10-10, 06:10 PM   #13
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As long as i dont see hipsters buying this and thinking there legit.
Whatever, hipsters are mallcore now http://www.hottopic.com/hottopic/Homepage.jsp
no hot topic fixed gears yet... but their commin
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"fixed-speed"
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Old 05-10-10, 06:22 PM   #15
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geometry looks awful.
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Awesome, the person who wrote that description has no idea what he's talking about.
The problems:
21 speed?
Front disk?
triple ring alloy crank with hill climbing gear?
looks like they copied from some other crap bike they have and pasted on few fixed/free things.

But hell, maybe it's not a bad idea for a starter fixed bike just to get into the swing of things.
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shipping weight = 42lbs
bike boxes aren't that heavy...methinks there is a lot of bike in that box
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I clicked the link. At the bottom of the page is a gushing review.

I've ridden a few supermarket/K-mart type bikes and find their brakes are the weakest point.

I'm sure the reviewer is independent of Wal-mart but they should go for a job in advertising.

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Old 05-11-10, 03:32 AM   #19
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the description is wrong...

clearly, not a 21speed with disc brakes... unless they call the front rim a 27" disc...
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Why go to lbs when you can just go to walmart?

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i dont know. i guess as long as it gets people into bikes. and as long as the bike is not so gawd awful that it turns them away from biking forever.

i remember i started from a toys r us magna something or other.
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People who buy bikes from Walmart, Target, Toys-R-Us, etc always come into the shop to get tune-ups and repairs. They almost always ending up paying way more than the bike is worth putting it in proper working order because whoever "assembled" it at one of those stores did a half-assed job. The whole "as long as it gets people into bikes" thing is great and all but in my experience, the people who buy bikes from these stores are usually the same people who leave their bikes outside all winter. When I try to explain to people why they shouldn't do that because it will end up costing them a **** ton of money to repair every year, 98% of the time it doesn't even register. I even had one guy say "It's a bike. What am I supposed to do, bring it inside?"
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Just rattle can that b***h and it will look like every other non-label bike. lmao
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People who buy bikes from Walmart, Target, Toys-R-Us, etc always come into the shop to get tune-ups and repairs. They almost always ending up paying way more than the bike is worth putting it in proper working order because whoever "assembled" it at one of those stores did a half-assed job. The whole "as long as it gets people into bikes" thing is great and all but in my experience, the people who buy bikes from these stores are usually the same people who leave their bikes outside all winter. When I try to explain to people why they shouldn't do that because it will end up costing them a **** ton of money to repair every year, 98% of the time it doesn't even register. I even had one guy say "It's a bike. What am I supposed to do, bring it inside?"
Thats a good point. I do remember that my bike from toys-r-us was a piece of crap. But I was ten and its the only thing I could afford at the time. But it showed me that I could have fun on a bike. It also allowed me to do basic maintenance (fix flats, clean and lube parts). Because of that crappy bike, I figured out what I want on a real bike. So when I did finally buy a real bike, I got one that I actually liked. And I have been biking since then.

I dont think cheap bikes like these are great to keep forever. But I know that it is helpful for me who was not into bikes yet and was too afraid to go to a bike shop or didnt even know where a bike shop was. It got me riding. So cheap bikes are helpful to at least one person. Well, two. Since my brother did the same thing.
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I'd consider buying as a beater bike if it came in different frame sizes (just for the wheels and frame assuming the spokes are SS).
Everyting else, and I mean everything would have to be replaced.
So add the cost of bb, threadless headset, fork, stem, bars, crank, seatpost, saddle, tires, assembly time, plus the time to tension the wheels and repack/readjust the bearings and voila you have a sow's ear that ended up costing as much as a silk purse.

Enjoy
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