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Old 07-14-22, 12:21 PM
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UHaul now selling bicycles

UHaul is now selling bicycles. Or, “a” bicycle. I was there to rent a truck and saw this bike on display. The “lightweight” declaration was the most interesting.



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28lbs .....................................................................
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Surely they are also offering a trailer to go with that bike.

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I'm more interested in that rack. Looks.....beefy.

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28lbs .....................................................................
Only at BeikForums are people surprised that an inexpensive steel bike is "heavy"

*Looks like the same/similar bike on State's website is 3 lb lighter, but $100 more (I'd rather give up 3 lb than $100 for a fixie)
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I can see where someone will say "I know nothing about bicycles. Surely someplace that rents trailers and moving vans knows something about them!"
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Originally Posted by 70sSanO
Surely they are also offering a trailer to go with that bike.

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The Kuat-ripoff rack?
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28 lbs is lightweight...compared to a vintage Schwinn Varsity.
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Old 07-14-22, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by 70sSanO
Surely they are also offering a trailer to go with that bike.

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Just a hand truck, if the buyer is lucky the retailer might toss in a dry rotted bungee cord or frayed strap.
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Originally Posted by _ForceD_
The “lightweight” declaration was the most interesting.
Why? For a cheap steel bike 28lbs isn't actually that bad. My wifes' city bike was 38lbs.

My lightweight alloy $1200 road bike is 23lbs, and I don't think you really get much lower than that without spending far more money than most people would even consider spending on a bike.
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Originally Posted by Polaris OBark
The Kuat-ripoff rack?
No, for moving...
...one dresser drawer at a time.

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Dude, U-Haul used to sell/rent *everything*. Vans, trucks, ATVs, campers, snow blowers, hell even VCRs and paint sprayers.

https://jalopnik.com/movies-atvs-and...t-f-1845728897
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OK... Here is your 250 USD deposit back for your trailer rental...

Or...

How about a brand new light weight bicycle to replace that junker you left next to the dumpster before moving...
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I thought the bike was insurance to ride home after the U-Haul's autotranny blows and it is abandoned alongside the highway.
Instant transportation to the next town.
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I know the bike snobs here will just bash away on the cheap-o bike, but I see this through the eyes of a retail veteran:
  • U-Haul sells and installs trailer hitches (ostensibly for towing one of their rental trailers)
  • A lot of people have hitches installed (and no trailer wiring) for the express purpose of getting a bike rack, never intending on towing a trailer.
  • Not wanting to loose out on some sales, U-Haul offers a number of hitch-mount bike racks for sale.
  • Having a bike rack displayed makes a lot more sense with a bike on it, so your in-store display setup also includes that State fixie.
    • It's a pain to deal with 'demo models' of product in inventory, so making the bike a saleable item means when the time comes to get it off the floor, you can sell it through your regular sales system.
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Originally Posted by Herzlos
Why? For a cheap steel bike 28lbs isn't actually that bad. My wifes' city bike was 38lbs.

My lightweight alloy $1200 road bike is 23lbs, and I don't think you really get much lower than that without spending far more money than most people would even consider spending on a bike.
My 60 cm Surly LHT Is well over 28 lbs. without racks and gear.
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They sell State bikes at the COOP I haven't been to since covid. They seemed half decent to me at the time.
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Wonder if U-Haul will start leasing bikes.
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Originally Posted by Herzlos
Why? For a cheap steel bike 28lbs isn't actually that bad. My wifes' city bike was 38lbs.

My lightweight alloy $1200 road bike is 23lbs, and I don't think you really get much lower than that without spending far more money than most people would even consider spending on a bike.
Yeah. My son's Pure Cycles gravel bike in XS size came in at about that weight.
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Should've named the bso an Explorer. Maybe even used a certain tire with a catchy name like "Flyers Tones"
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Originally Posted by zandoval
How about a brand new light weight bicycle to replace that junker you left next to the dumpster before moving...
Those abandoned bikes you sometimes see by dumpsters aren't really abandoned. The rider probably just stumbled away after loading up on vodka.
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The Varsity, Surly Long Haul Trucker and the Pure gravel bike have plenty more gears than this has. I've got to believe that State bicycle is lighter than 28lbs.

At first I didn't see the brake levers, then I saw that they are using interrupters without the primary brake lever. Clever.

This would have to be an impulse buy because who knew that U-Haul sells bikes. I didn't even know I could get a hitch mount bike rack there. Their plan might be working to let it be known that they have bike racks.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
28 lbs is lightweight...compared to a vintage Schwinn Varsity.
But curiously heavy compared to my mid-80s, bottom-of-the-line, Schwinn Sprint, when it is set up single speed. Weighs about 23 pounds, though that is with alloy rims. I was trying to figure out how they got a FG/SS to weigh that much. The usual answer is steel components.

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Originally Posted by Velo Mule
The Varsity, Surly Long Haul Trucker and the Pure gravel bike have plenty more gears than this has. I've got to believe that State bicycle is lighter than 28lbs.

At first I didn't see the brake levers, then I saw that they are using interrupters without the primary brake lever. Clever.

This would have to be an impulse buy because who knew that U-Haul sells bikes. I didn't even know I could get a hitch mount bike rack there. Their plan might be working to let it be known that they have bike racks.
what is also clever is that they are using the zipties to not only secure the brake cable, but also the marketing flyer.
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Originally Posted by Ironfish653
I'm more interested in that rack. Looks.....beefy.


Only at BeikForums are people surprised that an inexpensive steel bike is "heavy"

*Looks like the same/similar bike on State's website is 3 lb lighter, but $100 more (I'd rather give up 3 lb than $100 for a fixie)
I had a feeling there’d be responses like this. I’m not surprised at the weight…but that UHaul is selling bikes…but also that they do consider this bike lightweight. Maybe I should have posted this in the Road Bike forum. Just pointing out that, according to their specs, there are Schwinn department store road bikes, priced between $200-$300 WITH components (shifters, derailleurs, freewheel/cassette) that weigh only 28 lbs. This “lightweight” bike has none of those. But hey…if you consider 28.4 pounds “lightweight”…more power to ya.

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