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Old 10-17-15, 04:35 PM
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Look what I found at a Garage Sale Today

I was heading out for my morning ride and passed a garage sale. This bike was sitting right out front.

From what I can tell, it's a 100.00 Walmart bike that is no longer available for sale. It looks brand new to me and I paid 20.00 for it. It's my daughter's favorite color but still a little too tall for her. I guess I will just have to hang onto it for now and maybe take some 'test' drives.







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Old 10-17-15, 05:28 PM
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Well, hell...I woulda bought it for $20, too. T'would be a nice bit of wall decoration for my basement workshop.
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Old 10-17-15, 05:55 PM
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Tires are worth $20.00
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Good find...I'd get $20 worth of fun out of that bike.
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Old 10-17-15, 06:37 PM
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The protector over the no-name RD is a nice touch.
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Old 10-18-15, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by mprelaw View Post
The protector over the no-name RD is a nice touch.

No name? that is a FIS...
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Old 10-18-15, 08:35 AM
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Tires are worth $20.00
And $10 tires are worth nothing.
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Old 10-18-15, 08:36 AM
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Take it off some sweet jumps.
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Old 10-18-15, 08:51 AM
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Give us a good review after you have tried on few rides. Lots of people have said many negative things about big retail store bicycles. The term BSO (Bicycle shaped Object) has been used when referring to them, so hopefully your review give us an honest view of it.
I have been volunteering at our local Co-Op and lots of bikes like this are donated everyday. We fix them as best as we can and donate them to kids that can't afford a bike or are in need of one.
So I will be looking forward to read your views after you have tried it.
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Old 10-18-15, 10:54 AM
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Hope you find a boat at the next garage sale, 'cause you already have an anchor, now!
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I wouldn't put my kid on a bso like this. Not a chance.
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Old 10-18-15, 11:45 AM
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I found a similar bike, labelled "Quest." The biggest drawback is the weight, mostly due to such amenities as front and rear shocks. If you live an a fairly flat area, it won't be as much of a problem for your daughter. The ride experience is probably similar to that of a beach-cruiser. My adult son, a body-builder, loves this bike for running around town because it develops his leg muscles. (He weighs 210 and doesn't appreciate the springy shocks.) So far, it hasn't presented any mechanical problems, though.

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Try not to take it on a long ride. Even though it says 2009, the tires and inner tubes may be a lot older. Perhaps sitting in a garage and the rubber has gone through some deterioration over time.
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Old 10-18-15, 06:23 PM
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You got robbed.
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I like the hole in the weld on top of the BB shell, I'm sure that's for venting moisture out...

Seriously, if the bike works good and your daughter likes it, well, you can't go too wrong for $20. I would never spend a lot of money on a kids bike because they crash em, bang em, smash em, flood em, and leave em somewhere only to find it gone when they come out from wherever they were.
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Old 10-19-15, 06:27 AM
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I would have bought it and donated it to Recycle Bikes for Kids. Nice find for $20.00 just wouldn't work for me.
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Old 10-19-15, 06:53 AM
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Haha, I am cracking up at some of the responses. (I'm easily entertained though.)

Currently she is on a little bike that I found for 5.00 at the thrift store last year and the bike seems to be a little too small for her so I was hoping to find something that fit her better. (She only started actually riding her bike over the last week or so.)

I guess I failed, it's too big and apparently a crappy bike from what I've read above. I figured, if nothing else I can sell it off for what I gave for it or donate it.

Lately I have developed this compulsion to buy bikes.

This is what she is currently riding:

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Old 10-19-15, 07:00 AM
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Put an XTR group on it.
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Originally Posted by YogaKat View Post
Haha, I am cracking up at some of the responses. (I'm easily entertained though.)

Currently she is on a little bike that I found for 5.00 at the thrift store last year and the bike seems to be a little too small for her so I was hoping to find something that fit her better. (She only started actually riding her bike over the last week or so.)

I guess I failed, it's too big and apparently a crappy bike from what I've read above. I figured, if nothing else I can sell it off for what I gave for it or donate it.

Lately I have developed this compulsion to buy bikes.

This is what she is currently riding:

No disc brakes? You should be charged with child endangerment.
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Old 10-19-15, 07:34 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
No disc brakes? You should be charged with child endangerment.
I may regret asking this, but what is wrong with pedal breaks for strolling around the neighborhood?
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Old 10-19-15, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by YogaKat View Post
I may regret asking this, but what is wrong with pedal breaks for strolling around the neighborhood?
He was joking.

The $100 box store bikes, in my opinion, aren't worth their weight in scrap. I also work at a local bike CO-OP and I HATE when these bikes come in (which is all the time.) Regardless of how good of shape they look to be in, they never work right. They'll never stay adjusted and they ride like absolute crap. I wouldn't have bought it for $20, but then again if your daughter needed a new bike I guess it'll be ok until she learns how to take care of a bike properly.
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Old 10-19-15, 07:40 AM
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I may regret asking this, but what is wrong with pedal breaks for strolling around the neighborhood?
If you spent more time in the Road Cycling forum you would have your answer.
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Old 10-19-15, 07:42 AM
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Originally Posted by corrado33 View Post
He was joking.
LMAO, thank goodness. I was going into the "I'm a terrible mother mode."

Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
If you spent more time in the Road Cycling forum you would have your answer.
I'm working on that.
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Old 10-19-15, 08:06 AM
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It's fine for going around the neighborhood, if it's not hilly. If it's too big, resell it, or wait for her to grow. Just check that the brakes work properly.
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I think you got a good deal. A great bike? Probably not. But, for a kid, it's OK. Kids don't care about a few ounces, even pounds, of weight. They are recreational riders at best, and all they care about is if they can ride it. Think about it the same way as a car--- the step up from no car to ANY car that runs is a big step up. The step up from any car to any other car is not that big. Check out bigboxbikes.com. You actually CAN get a decent, serviceable bike at WalMart, Sears, and the like, that will last for years. It won't be the best, nor will it be the lightest, nor will it have the best components, but, you'll be riding. Like it or not, all manufacturer bikes are welded in the same few Chinese factories, by the same robot welding machines, whether they're BSOs or LBSs.
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