Spent $180 on a Crappy Fixed Gear
I bought this bike in Manila (in the Philippines) and really shouldn't have. I didn't want to spend more than $250 on a bike, and there was nothing in a 19" frame size as far as mountain bikes go in my price range, so I decided to look at fixed gear bikes since I wanted to try one and use it in Malaysia in January. Well, this is what I ended up with. Nice color combo, but that's where it ends. I rode it back to the hotel, and then noticed the brake lever was utter crap, as was the brake ($13 including installation added to the $170 for the bike). The seatpost is very poorly molded out of alloy and there was a smooth pebble (!) in the top of the seatpost, between the two parts that secure the seat. I presume this is to stop it from breaking during use, which could be extremely dangerous.
Then I noticed the hex screws that secure the cranks to the bottom bracket were completely and utterly stripped--I'm going to need help to get them off! One of the screws was torqued so hard that the plastic cap under it was cracked. Basically what I've ended up with is something I'm scared to ride after a closer look because I don't know if one of the cranks is going to break off at some point or if the seatpost is going to snap under me. The bike does, however, get admiring looks and someone who picked it up asked me if it was titanium. :p I locked it up poorly at the mall and someone stuck it over their shoulder and tried to walk away with it, but mall security stopped him and then locked it up for me in a shed.
The hubs are Shunfeng or something else from the mainland. The bike itself was a pleasure to ride home and around the neighborhood, but in retrospect I'm probably lucky I didn't kill myself riding this bike!
Is it worth spending the money to fix the bottom bracket and the seatpost, or should I just scrap this POS? :( From looking on Taobao, bikes like this one go for around $80, so it looks like I got royally screwed...