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Old 09-30-15, 05:38 PM
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New to the Country. Looking for a commut bicycle.

Hi Everyone,

I'm new to the country and the forum. I'm 5'3 tall. I do not have a car license neither do I know to drive. My office is 4 miles away and I'm planning to buy a bicycle for commut purpose. The road to my office is pretty good. I went to Walmart and saw these bikes. Both cost the same. 165$ including tax.

I have seen these two options: Any recommendations?
1. 26" Genesis V2100 Men's Mountain Bike - 26" Genesis V2100 Men's Mountain Bike with Full Suspension, Available in 4 Colors - Walmart.com
2. 26" Schwinn Sidewinder Men's Mountain Bike - 26" Schwinn Sidewinder Men's Mountain Bike, Matte Black/Green - Walmart.com

Thank you for the help.

My nightmare is a flat tire because I don't even know how to fit the bike in the bus's front incase of a flat tire.

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Old 09-30-15, 10:22 PM
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If that is your budget, you will have to get one of those. If you can visit an actual bike shop, you will be better off in the long run. I wouldn't get a mountain bike to commute on the road, and i would avoid any type of suspension at that price range if at all possible. What about posting your location so we can take a look at your local Craigslist for something used and better than those two you posted.

YouTube will be your friend for bike repair videos as well as the Park Tools website: Home Page - Park Tool
This is also a really helpful resource website: Sheldon Brown's Home Page
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
If that is your budget, you will have to get one of those. If you can visit an actual bike shop, you will be better off in the long run. I wouldn't get a mountain bike to commute on the road, and i would avoid any type of suspension at that price range if at all possible. What about posting your location so we can take a look at your local Craigslist for something used and better than those two you posted.

YouTube will be your friend for bike repair videos as well as the Park Tools website: Home Page - Park Tool
This is also a really helpful resource website: Sheldon Brown's Home Page
Thank you for the response.. I live in Torrance.. What's Craigslist..? Thanks for your suggestion. The Gensis bicycle has suspension and Schwinn seems to be a brand name in this part of the world.. That makes my choice easir.. !!

I did go to a store only to find that the schwinn bikes cost a minimum of 400$. And no, I do not like the look of the other commute bicycles hence the mountain bike model.. :-)

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Of those two, I would recommend the Schwinn.
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Originally Posted by freddieMaize View Post
Thank you for the response.. I live in Torrance.. What's Craigslist..?
Looks like LA is the nearest craigslist to Torrance. Craigslist for your area --> los angeles bicycles - craigslist

If you see any bikes that you're interested in, feel free to ask questions on Bike Forums. Good luck.


Here's a quick info sheet you can print out from Bicycling magazine on how to repair a flat tire.



The folks in the Bicycle Mechanics forum can also help.
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Get the lightest weight bike you can find. You're probably going to have to carry it up stairs & put it on the bus & stuff. Heavy bikes are a problem.
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Thank you guys for all the responses. Much useful.

Is Schwinn Men's High Timber Mountain Bike - Walmart.com any good?

Now I need to decide between Schwinn Men's High Timber Mountain Bike - Walmart.com and 26" Schwinn Sidewinder Men's Mountain Bike, Matte Black/Green - Walmart.com

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Walmart vs the real bike shop

The problem with bikes bought from stores like Walmart is that you have no idea if it was put together by someone who has any more knowledge of bike assembly than you have. Last Spring my Scout Troop started cycling merit badge with a kid on a brand new Walmart bike. Like the Schwinn (listed at 42 pounds or 19 kg) his bike was very heavy. I checked the bike for safety items such as working brakes and steering. He completed 3 miles before both pedals fell off, stripping the cranks so you could not reinstall and tighten the pedals. He also had to stop for a rest three times in those 3 miles because the bike was heavy and inefficient. It had all the wrong attributes others have advised against - obese weight and worthless suspension fork.

Schwinn is a well known brand among older Americans but the Schwinn of today is not the company they remember. Schwinn went bankrupt in 1992 and the brand was bought by Pacific Cycles a subsidiary of Doral Industries. Pacific Cycles makes many brands of bikes. Why were the bikes you saw in the bike store so expensive?

From Wikipedia: "Schwinn sells essentially two lines of bicycles. One is a line of discount bikes offered through mass-merchandisers such as Wal-Mart, Sears and Kmart. The other line known as the Signature Series, featured on the website, are higher-end models sold through specialty shops." The bike line for bike shops is higher quality than for the mass merchandiser.
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