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WalMart: stop building 'built to fail' bikes!

Old 01-28-22, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Jax Rhapsody View Post
LaJolla was alloy, that canadian one had disc brakes, all three had english BBs. The only advancement the standard cruisers got, were vbrakes on the geared ones.
I love those La Jollas. The Kent Glendale is pretty sweet too, I just love the long rear triangle, but the fork is pretty bad. I need to start actively looking for a replacement again.

I had hoped to run a coaster brake on it but the only coaster wheel I have around is 120mm, so I tooke the easy way out and went single speed on a freehub.



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Old 01-28-22, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Jax Rhapsody View Post
....**********????Yeah, you're right though I was mostly being facetious on the octolink thing, mainly joking on how the bikes ride the waves of bike fads, and kinds slow to progress. Though I haven't seen any; Walmart is allegedly selling entry mtbs(not like that of the Granite Peak), with clutched RDs and such. Also you're wrong on the seperate frames for single/multi speed cruisers.

The bikes with RD hangers are fairly "new" bikes. I don't think any 90s mtb there had a RD hanger, and I have a Huffy Koza in my kitchen now(21spd, internal cable routing, alloy wheels, yet axle mount rd, and side pulls). Before then, and what the geared cruisers use, are those axle mount RDs. The cruisers are technologically the oldest bikes in the store, and all share the same frame, axle mount RD, ashtabula crank... except the LaJolla, and Onyx, and that one klunker they sold in Canada- those were the most "advenced" in tech, as far as walcruisers

​​​​​​Well, I'm gonna bow out of this discussion and cede you the master of knowledge of the tech of Walmart bikes.

I'm still of the opinion that they're not worth getting excited over. I don't consider them to be diamonds-in-the-rough, and no amount of better parts can make up for heavy, cheaply finished frames.

​​​​​​I've had a number of wally bikes pass through the garage, and they were all aquired for free or nearly free, along with the parts used to get them back out on the road. Not once have I got into one and said "if it just had some better parts, this bike would be a keeper"

You ride what you like, I'll ride mine.
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Old 01-29-22, 07:31 PM
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Did anybody see Kawasaki bicycles? I had a few Kawasaki motorcycles, I would like to get a bicycle.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/26-Kawasa...-Bike/11064964
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Old 01-30-22, 10:14 PM
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is it a good deal?
https://jacksonville.craigslist.org/...439652321.html
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Old 01-31-22, 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Vintage Schwinn View Post
You know that Walmart sold out of all of those $125 , 2020 pacificCycle China built 'schwinn' STINGRAY re-issue copies. Hey, if Wallyworld bikes are not that popular, then why the heck did those sell out immediately at the $125 store price, and then resellers were routinely immediately getting $400 to $650 for these same $125 pacCycle schwinn STINGRAY 2020 re-issue copies.
Nostalgia. Those were the bikes almost everyone over a certain age lusted for back when they were like age 6-12 or so. I bet most of those bikes won't ever get ridden; they'll get hung up on the wall just to be looked at.
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Old 01-31-22, 07:59 AM
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Originally Posted by car5car View Post
that bike is not a "good deal" if its free.
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Old 02-01-22, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I like how the saddle and the toptube are designed as a system. If you slip downwards off the droopy nose of that saddle, the bowed top-tube gives you a millisecond or so more time to react and stop your n**ts from getting racked.
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Old 02-28-22, 10:32 PM
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About 10 years ago three college kids decided to come out to my local MTB spot. They were friends with one of the regulars' daughters and wanted to come out and try Mountain Biking in Nebraska. All three of them bought bikes from Walmart. One bought a $120 cheapest 26 in MTB Walmart had. One purchased about $200 on a 26 that was full suspension. The last spent about $350 for a 29er hardtail with disk brakes. First bike to break down was the 29er with disks after about an hour because the disk brakes were warped/bent and the handlebars had so much play in them it was unsafe to ride. Then the full suspension cracked shortly after that and we realized that the front forks were for show; not actually function-able. The $120 no frills bike lasted the longest. If it wasn’t for the bike tire going so far out of true (rubbing against the frame) he could have probably finished out the day. We loaded up all three totaled bikes and looked them over that night, over beverages. The $120 cheap 26 hardtail had entry level shimano parts, and had an all steel (heavy!) frame with junk wheels. Welds were ugly but good. The kid got some decent wheels for the bike and rode it around college until he graduated. The other two bikes were scrapped. Walmart bikes are junk.
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Old 03-02-22, 02:22 AM
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I grew up on Walmart bikes and they were always slightly janky, I still had fun on them though. They're good up to a certain point I think, but you have to graduate from them eventually. Definitely help you appreciate the smoother ride that nicer bikes have.
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Old 03-03-22, 08:50 PM
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Bearzy, I will agree. I grew up on Walmart bikes; but like you, I realized that spending more on a nice bike will greatly improve my riding comfort.
I am having this disagreement with my wife currently over this. My short six year old out grew his 14in Walmart bike. He still needs training wheels and a larger bike. We will probably get a 18in Walmart bike then maybe get a nice 20in bike that will last him for a couple of years before another nice bike.
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Old 03-06-22, 06:45 PM
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$128 26" in Walmart couple days ago.
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Old 03-07-22, 01:34 AM
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Originally Posted by car5car View Post
$128 26" in Walmart couple days ago.
If it keeps it simple and doesnít have fake suspension then itís a fair price. Someone can certainly get 130$ of use out of it before something goes wrong that canít be fixed.

Big Box bikes go wrong by adding unnecessary complications.
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