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The Story of the new bike

Old 06-24-04, 06:35 PM
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The Story of the new bike

Okay about a week ago I bought a new bike from Walmart, a Mongoose XR200 for $160

Everything's good about it. Disc brakes, 21 speeds, a wickedly designed derailure. Sure it needed a few adjustments here and there to shift right.

the day after I bought it the front derailure cable snapped. I hadn't even noticed that it had frayed. So, I took it off and I had an extra cable so I tried to put it on. The shifter design was incredible, but extremely difficult to do maintenance upon. So, now I have to take it back to Walmart and prey that they will replace the cable for me. It was also doing some other wierd things, such as the chain hitting the front derailure if you got into the higher gears. So, I'm going to ask them to ride it to make sure that there aren't any problems with it.

Think Walmart will do all that for me?

Heres the actual bike: https://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...%3A4183%3A5304
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Old 06-24-04, 07:10 PM
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Brian....being a senior member your kidding right ?

Even though I bought a Wallygoose too, but that was before I became informed!
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Old 06-24-04, 07:36 PM
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Get you money back, go to your LBS and buy yourself a real Mongoose.
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Old 06-24-04, 07:53 PM
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I have no local bike shop. Around here, a $160 bike is the best in town!
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Old 06-24-04, 08:02 PM
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Im a former Wal Mart bike rider. My advise is to take it back for a refund and buy a TREK. Yes they are that darn good.
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Old 06-24-04, 09:06 PM
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You have exceeded the life limit of that bike throw it away in the trash and eventually it will make it's way down stream with the rest of the Wal-Mart trash.
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Old 06-24-04, 09:16 PM
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The people at Walmart that put the bikes together have a lot of them to do. They're put together quick. From what I've seen you'd better know how to fix a bike if you buy one there.
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If you really don't have an LBS within a practical distance, I would actually in this case (though it goes against everything I believe in) buy online... professional assembly is key with any bike so I guess you'd still be kinda SOL there... theres a few companies that setup the bike and then break it down for shipping so you might look into that, but with Walmart bikes its a losing battle.
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Old 06-24-04, 09:56 PM
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Tonight was a real eye-opener. The Mrs. and I wet to "Wally World" to pick up a few things. Our travels took us past the bike department. I about fell over! There was a huge rack of Schwinn Bikes, mostly BMX and MTB. It used to be yuo had to go to a real bike shop to get a Schwinn. It is sad when a venerable manufacturer like that has to cheapen them and sell at a discount store. My guess is that if you had trouble they might replace the bike, tell you to "contact the manufacturer", or you are on your own. Assembly? Ha! They probably have some inexperienced high school kids doing it! If you are going to ride around the block once or twice a year a "wally-World Special" would probably be fine. If you are going to do some serious miles spend the money and get a good quality bike. You will not regret it.

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Old 06-25-04, 10:41 PM
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Folks... The bike he purchased was a beach cruiser. It was not a mountain bike and he had no reason to be using the shifter in first place. This bike should be left in one gear and that's all. If you have problems with this, remove the derailluer, shorten the chain and make it a single speed. Problem solved.
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Old 06-25-04, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve
Folks... The bike he purchased was a beach cruiser. It was not a mountain bike and he had no reason to be using the shifter in first place. This bike should be left in one gear and that's all. If you have problems with this, remove the derailluer, shorten the chain and make it a single speed. Problem solved.
Less gears, more beers.
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My opinion if you are not going to ride it a lot, then keep it. But if you are planning to ride to elevate your fitness then maybe you might consider a different bike, something that is a little more worthy for the long haul. And somehow learn how to tune and maintain a bike. Maybe read a book or two.
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Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve
Folks... The bike he purchased was a beach cruiser. It was not a mountain bike and he had no reason to be using the shifter in first place. This bike should be left in one gear and that's all. If you have problems with this, remove the derailluer, shorten the chain and make it a single speed. Problem solved.
Have you seen that bike?! It's anything BUT a beach cruiser. It's a real speed demon. (When it works anyway)

Okay I took it back to Walmart today. They said it could be fixed but the bike dude wasn't there. They had me write down everything that was wrong with it.

I wrote
Front shifter cable snapped
Chain hitting components
Not shifting properly

I knew the term for every word, just didn't want to sound too gearhead-ish.. And I ride my bike everywhere. Even a Kmart bike lasts me for at least a year. And in a year I'll be driving a car!
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Old 06-27-04, 09:45 AM
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And I ride my bike everywhere. Even a Kmart bike lasts me for at least a year. And in a year I'll be driving a car!
Sad.

I realize it may be difficult, but try to grasp that a bike isn't a means of getting from point A to point B -until- you can drive. It is a fine mode of transportation and recreation in itself. Many of us on this board had to waste a lot of years before we realized that.

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With all due respect ShadowRider you are asking for all sorts of static when you post about a bike of this caliber. It doesn't sound like you have too many options (are you under 16) but a good used bike would have been less of a headache, find a buddy with a car and go to a LBS.
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Originally Posted by OregonBound
Sad.

I realize it may be difficult, but try to grasp that a bike isn't a means of getting from point A to point B -until- you can drive. It is a fine mode of transportation and recreation in itself. Many of us on this board had to waste a lot of years before we realized that.

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Old 06-27-04, 11:32 AM
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And it is not going to work right when you get it back from Wally World. When I was riding the Roadmaster. Wal Mart would replace the parts about two weeks wait. Then I would have to readjust everything the so called bike guy did to it. For $199 you can buy a much better bike. TREK! Im glad I switched. Lighter, Faster, All 21 gears WORK & CHANGE when I want them to, average speed on the "Roadmaster" 10mph, average speed on my "Trek" 15-16 mph and bump free.
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Old 06-27-04, 09:02 PM
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Meh. Really, all I wanted was for them to replace the cable that broke. I can adjust it to work from there. I've built whole bikes before, but that was with old shifters. Not the new style that say "Insert cable into hole" and the hole leads no where. Plus I didn't want to mess it up too badly a day after I bought it.

Also, I was just mad he called my race bike a beach cruiser. It's the best bike in my town. I've failed to see any better or faster. (Well, the day the bike ran right anyway)

Btw, the average speed for my XR200 was 20mph, and it road confortably, no bumps at all. And I'm not estimating. I had a speedometer and everything.

And it got to 40 like there was nothing (took something outta me though.. wore my out but once I got there the bike did the rest.) Totally awesome bike for my purpouses! And it has a flame job
Btw, I'll let everyone know how it goes when I go to get it, hopefully tomarrow.
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Originally Posted by ShadowRider

And it got to 40 like there was nothing
I'll bet the ******bag that built your bike also installed and config'd your speedometer.

40 on a Wal-Mart bike? dude...no way..
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I'll bet the ******bag that built your bike also installed and config'd your speedometer.

40 on a Wal-Mart bike? dude...no way..
Yeah even 20 is like questionable, specially on those tires. Probably input the wheel size wrong.
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Old 06-27-04, 11:21 PM
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I bought the speedometer from https://jensonusa.com and installed it myself.
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You guys are cruel - he likes the bike and that's all that matters.

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Originally Posted by operator
Here come the elitists...!
How the crap was what he said in anyway elitest? Do you really think elitests are the ones that don't own cars and ride their bikes everywhere?
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Originally Posted by OregonBound
Sad.

I realize it may be difficult, but try to grasp that a bike isn't a means of getting from point A to point B -until- you can drive. It is a fine mode of transportation and recreation in itself. Many of us on this board had to waste a lot of years before we realized that.

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Could you explain what you mean by this? It is unclear to me. Are you saying that until he gets his drivers license then why should he bother biking? I *honestly* don't understand. Your post is very confusing.

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Originally Posted by ShadowRider
Okay about a week ago I bought a new bike from Walmart, a Mongoose XR200 for $160

Everything's good about it. Disc brakes, 21 speeds, a wickedly designed derailure. Sure it needed a few adjustments here and there to shift right.

the day after I bought it the front derailure cable snapped. I hadn't even noticed that it had frayed. So, I took it off and I had an extra cable so I tried to put it on. The shifter design was incredible, but extremely difficult to do maintenance upon. So, now I have to take it back to Walmart and prey that they will replace the cable for me. It was also doing some other wierd things, such as the chain hitting the front derailure if you got into the higher gears. So, I'm going to ask them to ride it to make sure that there aren't any problems with it.

Think Walmart will do all that for me?

Heres the actual bike: https://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...%3A4183%3A5304

Well, it never hurts to ask but don't expect too much. If its a grip shifter, then there is rubber on the shifter that peels back to reveal the hole where the cable goes. I took mine apart once and had a heck of a time getting it back together! Once I remembered where it came out at, it was apparent. If you push it through on the good cable, you'll see where it comes out. Pain in the butt!

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