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Old 05-14-19, 06:16 PM
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One piece of advice for anyone buying a bike from Walmart is to have someone familiar with bike mechanics do a thorough going over to see that the bike has been assembled correctly. My own personal horror story involved a Scout who showed up on a brand new Walmart fully-suspended beast for the first (10 mile) of five rides culminating in a 50 mile ride in 8 hours. I checked the brakes and steering but missed the fact that the cranks were just stuck on and not been tightened. Both cranks fell off within the first mile and were stripped. We had warned his dad who never buys inexpensive toys for himself about the problems with Walmart bikes but he knows ALL. It's stupid to put an 80 pound kid on a 40 pound bike! He showed up for the subsequent 10 mile ride on his 3rd Walmart bike but was unable to complete that 10 miles because of the bike weight. He's never tried again.
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