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Old 06-03-12, 10:24 PM
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Walmart bike temporarily then moving on to....

Like the title states. I am going to buy a bike so I can get back on the trails. I wont have enough money to buy a nice bike from my LBS until the end of June. So, I spoke to walmart and they said theres a 90-day return policy with receipt. I was going to buy one at walmart and return it at the end of june. I know, this may sound shady.

What bike would you guys select from walmart? I am a 250lbs male. 5'9". I know they are mainly one-size fits all. But what sizes should I look for?

I found this one http://www.walmart.com/ip/GMC-Denali...Large/12080282 but I am going to be on a Towpath, it is basically, asphalt and gravel(small sized gravel) roads.

What would you recommend?
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Originally Posted by nexium View Post
Like the title states. I am going to buy a bike so I can get back on the trails. I wont have enough money to buy a nice bike from my LBS until the end of June. So, I spoke to walmart and they said theres a 90-day return policy with receipt. I was going to buy one at walmart and return it at the end of june. I know, this may sound shady.

What bike would you guys select from walmart? I am a 250lbs male. 5'9". I know they are mainly one-size fits all. But what sizes should I look for?

I found this one http://www.walmart.com/ip/GMC-Denali...Large/12080282 but I am going to be on a Towpath, it is basically, asphalt and gravel(small sized gravel) roads.

What would you recommend?
If you are just planning on getting your feet went till you can get a real bike your plan might work. However with the discription of the trails you plan on taking maybe a better choice would be http://www.walmart.com/ip/Titan-Pion...ellow/17771071 it would do a bit better in gravel even small gravel. There ae fewer things to go wrong on a rigid MTB so there is a chance it might last long enough for you to return it. Just my opinion.
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Old 06-03-12, 11:03 PM
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walmart will take back a used bike? I'd go on walks and wait until I could buy the bike I wanted. . . .
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Old 06-04-12, 12:09 AM
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None.. .. buy anything they do not have to assemble at the store..
then you know its just between you and the manufacturer, for problems.

Bike shops service what they sell..
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Old 06-04-12, 06:31 AM
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I was going to buy one at walmart and return it at the end of june. I know, this may sound shady.
It doesn't just sound shady, if that's your intention it is shady. Did you ever notice that whenever they haul a congressman up before some ethics committee the first thing they say is "I did nothing illegal."
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Old 06-04-12, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
It doesn't just sound shady, if that's your intention it is shady. Did you ever notice that whenever they haul a congressman up before some ethics committee the first thing they say is "I did nothing illegal."
I agree with Retro on this. Companies lose money due to people with that type of attitude and it affects all of us in the long run. People need to take some responsibility for their actions.
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Old 06-04-12, 06:47 AM
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There are liars and cheats in all walks of life.

And to think there are people out there who believe Walmart is the devil incarnate.
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Old 06-04-12, 06:53 AM
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What did your parents teach you? Preserve your integrity and save your money until you can buy the bike that you intend to keep. And don't ask us to validate your moral confusion...::MAD Emoticon::
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How should we assess this situation justly?

Let's see..evil deliberately committed against those who are directly responsible for evil atrocities committed against the innocent, daily....

Maybe we could justly conclude, that two wrongs don't make a right...
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Old 06-04-12, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by nexium View Post
I wont have enough money to buy a nice bike from my LBS until the end of June. So, I spoke to walmart and they said theres a 90-day return policy with receipt. I was going to buy one at walmart and return it at the end of june. I know, this may sound shady.

... but I am going to be on a Towpath, it is basically, asphalt and gravel(small sized gravel) roads.

What would you recommend?
I hope this is just a joke.

I recommend taking an ethics class.
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Old 06-04-12, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by nexium View Post
What bike would you guys select from walmart? I am a 250lbs male. 5'9". I know they are mainly one-size fits all. But what sizes should I look for?

I found this one http://www.walmart.com/ip/GMC-Denali...Large/12080282 but I am going to be on a Towpath, it is basically, asphalt and gravel(small sized gravel) roads.

What would you recommend?
The medium would probably be better than the large. It can take 700cx32 tires which helps on gravel but you might be more comfortable on the gravel with a hybrid or mtb with bigger tires.

You can order that from Amazon if you don't like Walmart, with the bonus of doing some basic assembly yourself and your own brake/shifting adjustments.

ps. please don't defraud the store.
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Old 06-04-12, 07:58 AM
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Seriously bad karma. Don't do it. Your cheap (free?) Wal Mart bike might just fall apart while you are riding it, and you could fiind yourself out of the game with an injury for the rest of the riding season.
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Old 06-04-12, 08:32 AM
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you think WalMart owes you free use of a bike?
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Old 06-04-12, 09:48 AM
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How about buying something used off of craigslist, then selling it again when you decide to upgrade?

Much more ethical, plus you can bask in the warm glow of knowing that you kept one more bike out of the land-fill.
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Old 06-04-12, 10:51 AM
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Craigslist. Pay. Don't steal, because we all pay. You already know this.
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I'm with you! Go get a walmart MTN bike, so you can return it. I would suggest NOT checking it over, it's not necessary. Those guys really know how to assemble a bike. Just go to a really really long big steep downhill first thing and go for it. No really I am not joking!

I call troll.
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Old 06-04-12, 12:24 PM
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ha
if you correct all the assembly mistakes they may say 'that voids the return policy'
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http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mongoose-X...-Bike/15711166

After the left crank falls off in a month (it will) you will have a valid reason to return it.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I hope this is just a joke.

I recommend taking an ethics class.
Haha, oddly enough, I am in an ethics course at my university. Yes it is probably bad karma. Called my LBS and I might just go pick up one from there. They have one for around $500, which I can come up with this weekend. So, I won't have to worry about karma
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Originally Posted by sternzeit View Post
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mongoose-X...-Bike/15711166

After the left crank falls off in a month (it will) you will have a valid reason to return it.

--ah, but not if you put it back !


also see these negative reviews

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Mongoose-X...roduct+Reviews

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Old 06-04-12, 02:16 PM
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What are some used bikes to look out for? I like the Cypress ST but there aren't any used around here. They are only $420 at a LBS. Any bikes I should keep an eye out for?
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Look for threadless headsets on newer bikes, that's a pretty solid sign it isn't total crap.
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i returned two bikes in the past, one from walmart and one from target, and I did not feel bad at all about it. My reasoning was - if the entire pedaling mechanism shatters and falls apart after less thany 2 months of riding, you sold me a defective product. I've learned my lesson since and my current hybrid is a much more decent LBS one I am quite happy with and have no intention of taking back (unless, of course, for an upgrade in the future )
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Originally Posted by Koobazaur View Post
i returned two bikes in the past, one from walmart and one from target, and I did not feel bad at all about it. My reasoning was - if the entire pedaling mechanism shatters and falls apart after less thany 2 months of riding, you sold me a defective product. I've learned my lesson since and my current hybrid is a much more decent LBS one I am quite happy with and have no intention of taking back (unless, of course, for an upgrade in the future )
I think we are talking about different situations here. From my impression (and some others in this thread) it seemed like the OP wanted to buy a Wal-Mart bike and then return it once he was going to buy his better bike, essentially borrowing or renting the Wal-Mart bike for free by exploiting their return policies. That's completely different than returning a defective product.
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Old 06-04-12, 08:06 PM
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Walmart is the devil inarnate and is horrendous for competing small businesses, local economy, standard of wages for workers, etc.
If boycotting the store is good
then a shady practice of returning a used bike (and costing them money) is even better
go for it!

Remember to pay with a credit card, then if for any reason they try to deny the return you can have your card company reverse the charge by claiming the all-to-common defective/assembly problems.
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