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Old 09-08-14, 01:30 PM
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Walmart Bikes

I'm not good at searching, but i didn't see too much about this in this section.

I know we're all big fans (myself included) of our LBS. I have a great bike that's fitted and a joy to ride.

the issue is that bike cost quite a bit and i only ride it for work out/training/whatever you want to call it purposes. I have been looking for a cheap bike that i can ride to store and not have a panic attack after i lock it up. Not a rough neighborhood or anything, but it's tough to leave money out in the open.

the easy answer would be craigslist, but i've been looking for a couple of weeks and haven't found one that fits what i want. 90% of them are too short for me (6'3") and the ones that are tall enough are expensive enough to put me in the same conundrum.

i used to ride a target hybrid/commuter bike and never had a problem (aside from a gear problem from the day i bought it) and was wondering if others had good experiences with a certain brand or big box store. I'm really trying to stay around $200, but it's getting pretty bleak.

anyway, advice is appreciated. i would like something a little more aggressive since i have a pure street bike now, and definitely a hardtail.

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the target bike is my avatar, but i no longer have it.
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I suspect you won't actually find a box bike that fits a tall person. One of the reasons to have a bike from a LBS. They have different sizes. But I might be wrong.
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Originally Posted by salreus
I suspect you won't actually find a box bike that fits a tall person. One of the reasons to have a bike from a LBS. They have different sizes. But I might be wrong.
i did the same thing and you're not wrong, but i'm starting at ~$500 and that's just too much for this purpose
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I think the money would be better spent purchasing a used bike from Craigslist than investing in a new bike from Walmart. Or even checking with your local bike store to see what they offer in used bikes.

This would get you less money out for a better quality ride.

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How comfortable are you on making repairs and adjustments to your bike? With a dept store bike it'll take a lil work to get it fit right and make sure all the gearing and adjustments are good. Besides that if its just something you want as a kick around bike go for it. Have you looked into BD or nashbar at all? If you get a 20% off coupon for Nashbar they may have something in that range that might be just as good.
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Originally Posted by miggy_smalls
How comfortable are you on making repairs and adjustments to your bike? With a dept store bike it'll take a lil work to get it fit right and make sure all the gearing and adjustments are good. Besides that if its just something you want as a kick around bike go for it. Have you looked into BD or nashbar at all? If you get a 20% off coupon for Nashbar they may have something in that range that might be just as good.
i'll look into nashbar, and i'm guessing BD is bikes direct? if so i was looking at a couple of theirs, just didn't know how they compared to walmart-esque bikes.

can i make a shorter framed bike work? that's the only way i could do something off of craigslist. I'm not too familiar with mtb frames, but i rode a couple of shorter ones and it felt extremely awkward. my road bike is up and i get full leg extension, maybe i'm not used to how mtb's ride.

or is it affordable to try to build one?
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Yeah Bikes Direct. Id say they fare better. Better components(depending on what you pick) and more choices in sizes. Although there are some polarizing opinions on their bikes.

I'm not a mountain biker so I cant say for sure if a shorter bike will be ok, but I would assume you'd still want to be close to a proper fitting bike size.
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your sizing options will be less at x mart
as their bikes generally only come in one size

i am 6'4-1/2" or so
and no x mart bike i have ever tried
even came close to fitting

also
since you are posting in the clydesdales & athenas forum
i assume you are also a big guy

x mart bikes also use the inferior freewheel design of rear hub
rather than the freehub design found on most lbs bikes
which may be ok under a lighter rider
or on a bike with less gears on the back
but a seven or more speed freewheel
combined with a 200 lb or more rider
sounds like trouble to me

all that being said

with x mart bikes
x mart referring to any department or box store
meaning any place you can buy a bike and a food processor
the main problem is poor assembly
and limited or no after sales service

and while you also generally get no after sales service with a used bike
at least those bikes have been through an initial break in
meaning any problems that are going to occur
have probably already happened
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also

if you post where you are located
and/or
craigslist bikes that you think are candidates
then we could have the fun of assessing/ridiculing them
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Bikes Direct is leaps and bounds above Wal-Mart when it comes to bikes. Now if you're in the market for a loaf of bread...
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Old 09-08-14, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by tiger187126
i'll look into nashbar, and i'm guessing BD is bikes direct? if so i was looking at a couple of theirs, just didn't know how they compared to walmart-esque bikes.

can i make a shorter framed bike work? that's the only way i could do something off of craigslist. I'm not too familiar with mtb frames, but i rode a couple of shorter ones and it felt extremely awkward. my road bike is up and i get full leg extension, maybe i'm not used to how mtb's ride.

or is it affordable to try to build one?
in my experience
you can take a bike that is one size
or maybe two in some cases
too small
and make it fit reasonably
but the results are not always satisfactory

if you try with two or more sizes too small
there is a very good chance that you will have a very uncomfortable bike

and by sizes
i mean s m l xl in most modern bikes
or 17 19 21 23 inch mountain bikes
or 56 58 60 62 cm road bikes

although every manufacturer sizes their bikes differently
so there is no hard and fast rule
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Old 09-08-14, 02:23 PM
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to respond to a couple of things:

i've been looking on C-list, i'm in queen anne's county maryland so we're looking at eastern shore and annapolis mostly although eastern shore like Ocean city is a 2 hour drive. baltimore and DC are long drives as well and since i'm concerned about the fit i'd hate to make a bunch of trips that far out.

there are zero bike stores that sell used bikes. it drives me bonkers, but it's just a fact. i guess c-list killed them, but it's very disappointing.

Raleigh M50DX Men's Mountain Bike

this one just popped up and i sent an email, but i think he's priced a little high and it's one size too small, but this would be the type of bike/price i'm looking for.
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All of the Next and Magna, brands that sell at the big boxes, I have seen are made of inferior materials. I have seen several where brake cables have rotted through on not very old bikes. Add to that, if you do not know how to set up and adjust a bike, do not count on the person who was stocking groceries five minutes before doing it right.
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My brother had a Target-Schwinn Trailway, I'm not going to lie, it's cheap (but functional). The only definitive failure was that the bottom bracket was toast in only one year. When I took it apart to replace the loose ball bearing and add some grease, I discovered that it was shot and filled with metal shrapnel and needed to be replaced (so I upgraded to a sealed cartridge bearing BB). Beyond that, I acquired a wrecked bike for parts and upgraded the RD, FD, crank, brakes, and saddle about two years in for no cost and just the time spent replacing parts.

They have a new model since then, although the name eludes me at the moment... practically identical to the Trailway but with a rigid fork instead of the cheap suspension fork. The biggest down side to these bikes? They are one size fits all, so I hope the potential customer is of average height and proportions or the frame won't fit very well. What do you expect from a one-size-fits-all approach to bicycles?

The wheels are junky, heavy, and low spoke count... but incredibly, they never failed after a few years of light to moderate use. I only rode it a handful of times, and my brother is a lightweight.
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Old 09-08-14, 06:03 PM
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Problem solved, and for less than a walmart bike as well. Just jacked the seat up and it seems fine. Nice disc brakes too.
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Originally Posted by tiger187126


Problem solved, and for less than a walmart bike as well. Just jacked the seat up and it seems fine. Nice disc brakes too.
excellent

make sure the seat post is not out past its maximum extension
and even better
make sure that where you have it positioned
that the bottom goes slightly beyond the junction of top and seat tubes
lest you might find yourself with a bent post
or worse
a broken frame


this is one of the things you need to consider when getting a bike that is a bit small for you
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Originally Posted by tiger187126
I'm not good at searching, but i didn't see too much about this in this section.

I know we're all big fans (myself included) of our LBS. I have a great bike that's fitted and a joy to ride.

the issue is that bike cost quite a bit and i only ride it for work out/training/whatever you want to call it purposes. I have been looking for a cheap bike that i can ride to store and not have a panic attack after i lock it up. Not a rough neighborhood or anything, but it's tough to leave money out in the open.

the easy answer would be craigslist, but i've been looking for a couple of weeks and haven't found one that fits what i want. 90% of them are too short for me (6'3") and the ones that are tall enough are expensive enough to put me in the same conundrum.

i used to ride a target hybrid/commuter bike and never had a problem (aside from a gear problem from the day i bought it) and was wondering if others had good experiences with a certain brand or big box store. I'm really trying to stay around $200, but it's getting pretty bleak.

anyway, advice is appreciated. i would like something a little more aggressive since i have a pure street bike now, and definitely a hardtail.

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the target bike is my avatar, but i no longer have it.
Buying a bike at a department store is like buying sushi at a gas station. You will have equally surprising and unpleasant experiences.
Buy a better lock and and a better bike.
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Originally Posted by tiger187126

Problem solved, and for less than a walmart bike as well. Just jacked the seat up and it seems fine. Nice disc brakes too.
Well you got your bike.

A couple of thoughts about buying a first bike.
You can return a Wal-Mart bike if not satisfied. Some people buy in May return in October each year.

'REI' and LL Bean have liberal return policy. Good selection of bikes for all sizes.

Eastern Shore MD - I'd visit O-City Bike Rental company(s) at end of season. Most want to sell their rental fleet. The rental places here need room for winter toys. Most places keep their bikes in good repair.

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Double wammy, you are both taller and heavier than what most companies design for. I am in the same boat. Here are a couple of things I have found.

Box Store bikes are not going to work (with one exception), the exception is Genesis Ultra 32 Mens Beach Cruiser Bike - Walmart.com, (no longer available) or Purchase the 32" Genesis Cruiser Bike at Walmart.com. Save money. Live better.. It is Walmart though, everything needed to be adjusted and the pedals still destroyed the bearings. I am just waiting to see what fails next, but it is great fun and its HUGE!

Old Schwinns (World Tour, Super Sport, Traveler, etc.) with 27" tires hold up surprisingly well (no cheap skinny tires!). I love my 26" Super Sport and any of the 25" frames work well.

I have Nasbar Vuelta Corsa HD Vuelta Corsa HD Road Wheelset - Wheels & Wheelsets on my Surly Cross-check.

I am 6'4" and 250 (down from 265) and Yes the LBS says "not another spoke!" when I walk in the door. (I think we have that fixed)
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check craigslist before walmart. i'll work on them wont own them just the quality alone is far superior than anything walmart or big box stores sell. if money is the issue always check craigslist they always have good deals going on and you will be able to find exactly what your looking for if you are patient enough
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Hi there,

I have a bike I bought at Walmart here in Canada that I am very happy with. It is a Raleigh Campus C200, with a 21 speed Shimano drivetrain. I have rode it hard and neglected it since new about 6 or 7 years ago.

Mine is an aluminum frame that came with Fenders (improperly assembled) and a rear rack and aluminum wheels for about $200.

The rear rack got replaced with a child carrier. A sturdy front rack is on it now with a solid basket (much like a milk crate), though I formerly had a lighter basket and low riders for front panniers. I also haul a trailer regularly with this bike - with either cargo, or up to two kids - an occasional total of three kids from 3 to 8 years old. I weigh in about 230#. My street is very rough with some NASTY potholes.

I have changed the bars for a more upright position, and the seat has been upgraded. The original adjustable steering stem always had a bit a movement so it just recently got swapped with a more solid unit I scavenged from a donor bike. I have BMX platform pedals on it, and both a chainstay kickstand and a double foot kickstand (since neither is the right tool all of the time).

My only issue with the bike is the occasional broken spoke. Next upgrade is a heftier rear wheel.

But ... with all that good - it would likely be too small for the OP. I have a fair bit of seat stem exposed and the OP has about 6" on me.

Still - very happy with my Walmart bike.

Glad you found a bike to work for you.
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