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Bike accessories at Walmart: some may be worth buying.

Old 05-24-07, 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Phantoj
I was at Wal-Mart yesterday, and I checked out the bike display. I noticed that there were a few bike-related items for sale there. So I thought I'd mention and discuss them. Generic anti-Walmart rants should be posted to alt.walmart.die-die-die or somewhere more appropriate.

1. Bell cyclocomputer (~$10). How can you beat a $10 speedometer? Seemed to have all the functions of the typical $20-30 Nashbar cheapie. One version was even available in a number of colors.

2. Bell multi-tool (~$13) Gigantic multitool. Two-piece design like a Topeak Alien. Not bad price, but I'm not sure how reassuring having a Wal-mart multitool would be in an emergency situation.

3. MTB slicks. ~$10. Probably the equal of a $10 Nashbar MTB slick, but at least you don't have to pay shipping.

4. Locks. They had a lot of locks. Some were probably competent, but I was eyeing a $3 (!) combo-lock chain. Seemed like it would be handy to leave on the bike for those "just in for a minute" gas station stops.

5. Don't remember the prices on the other stuff. Patch kits, horns, helmets. Probably passable quality with OK prices. No good mirrors that I saw.

6. Oh! Brake AND derailleur cables, with housings, for $4 or so for the whole kit. Much cheaper than the LBS, but they didn't look teflon-coated... Probably appropriate for that junk store beater you really don't want to ride anyway.
1. I got the computer and the fastener that holds the magnet onto the spoke is GARBAGE it fell apart in my hands. about a teaspoon of superglue later that magnet isn't going anywhere!! the computer still works great after 3 years and 2 batteries, AND being stored outside year-round!

2. i still have the bell multitool, the one i got was $7 and said titanium on it. i figured (yeah right, but i need a cheap tool) well it outlasted my main toolkit and is now my primary bike tool, it has been through many projects, field repairs, and regular maintenances, and none of the tools show any sign of wear! tire levers on it are crap though.

3. I got the mtb slicks there, they turned out to be Cheng Shin slicks, not great, but not bad for the $9 each. I also got some 700c road tires there, still running strong. the last time i was there they had a tire called the Bell Flatblocker it was a 26" mtb semi-slick tire that had some kind of rigid liner in it, the side walls were about normal thickness, but the tread area was very firm, you couldn't bend it with your hands, it was very interesting. at $9 i almost got a pair, but i just got new tires.

4. if i wanted a real lock i'd go to an LBS, but their locks are great for 5 minute jaunts when you're riding the beater bike. I wouldn't lock my good bike up with one of those unless i really had to though.

5. They had a semi-firm gel saddle with a built in 9 led blinkie that i had my eye on.

6. i dunno if i'd trust their cables, i run flak jackets, funny, i trust their tires
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Old 05-24-07, 08:54 AM
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i have a master cable combo lock from WM that has a nice mounting system for carrying on the bike. The auto coiled cable snaps in and out of the mount easily. it is supposed to mount on the seat post, but I have a wedge bag there so I mounted it on the front underside of the top tube where it stays out of the way. I bought the combo tool yesterday and didn't know that it came with a tube repair kit till I opened it, cool. Not a big fan of WM but I go in there occasionaly.
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Old 05-24-07, 09:53 AM
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Hmm... it's weird to see one of your own old posts dredged up for review. I made the original post with a fresh sincerity that is lacking now that I am all sarcastic and race hardened...

I am actually locking my bike with a Kryptonite cable lock from Wal-Mart. But I don't think I ever tried any of the other stuff there.

I was at the local Wal-Mart this week, and I was pleased to see several road-style bikes there. I saw the new Varsity, and the low-end Denali. The dominance of the MTB is fading!

The coolest bike at Wal-Mart was a Denali Pro. It was $330, and looked like a real road bike. It had yellow 700c tires, and Sora-type STI shifters. Metal, not carbon, fork, though. Also, it was down on the floor, not up on the rack, so I suppose I could have zipped though the aisles on it. But I didn't.

I don't remember if it had Presta valves. I think it would be sort of neat if the resurgence of the road bike popularity made Wal-Mart begin carrying parts that would be more useful for the "serious" cyclist... a place where you could get a 700c presta tube or even a workable tire if you were in a pinch.
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Old 05-24-07, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by BikeWise1
Just one question.

Are you a billionaire? If not, why not? You could just "get a better skill, get more educated, work harder, better yourself more completely....just quit your current job and get busy! Get out there and find that higher paying, more rewarding job...

But that's not how it really works, is it?
What an idiotic response ... no I'm not a billionaire ... but I'm satisfied with my job and my pay, I work hard, and I've done well. I can tell you though ... if I was unhappy with my job and my standard of living I wouldn't sit around whining and blaming my employer. As I recall I'm the one who sent the resume ... I'm the one that applied for a the job, I'm the one that interviewed ... I don't recall anyone telling me I had to work where I do.

I'll say it one more time ... if you're happy in an entry level spot and the rewards that go with it ... then fine. If not, don't sit around and complain about the "man" ... take some responsibility.
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Old 11-10-07, 02:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Eatadonut View Post
Wal-mart = pure, (almost) unencumbered capitalism. Anyone who doesn't like them is a commie.

Ummmm, commies LOVE Walmart too. Or have you been living under a rock?
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Old 11-10-07, 05:43 AM
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I bought my seat bag at Walmart. It works the same.

Interestingly enough. I was at Walmart the other day getting a SD Card for my Palm Pilot. I had to get an employee to unlock the hanger. Then I noticed that the Sandisk 1GB card up at the top was cheaper than the Sandisk 512MB card right in front of me. So I asked the employee why. He said that since the 512MB was at eye level, more people would just grab that one instead of looking around for a better price. So if you're at Walmart, look up and down because you might find a better version of the same thing for cheaper!
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It can be good for things like cleaners and lube. They'll have the exact same stuff as the LBS but for a little bit cheaper.

I second what's been said about the Bell gloves. The Bell computer would be a nice choice if you only want speed, and don't care about weight (or getting made fun of).
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Old 11-10-07, 09:25 AM
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I get my gloves at Performance. They're less than ten dollars, come in multiple colors, and have tons of terry cloth to wipe off undesirable elements.
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Old 11-10-07, 09:27 AM
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Lets debunk this one by one.

Originally Posted by Phantoj View Post
I was at Wal-Mart yesterday, and I checked out the bike display. I noticed that there were a few bike-related items for sale there. So I thought I'd mention and discuss them. Generic anti-Walmart rants should be posted to alt.walmart.die-die-die or somewhere more appropriate.

1. Bell cyclocomputer (~$10). How can you beat a $10 speedometer? Seemed to have all the functions of the typical $20-30 Nashbar cheapie. One version was even available in a number of colors.
False. One line display, small screen. Wired. This would be a much better choice.



$13.50 Mec DB4L

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2. Bell multi-tool (~$13) Gigantic multitool. Two-piece design like a Topeak Alien. Not bad price, but I'm not sure how reassuring having a Wal-mart multitool would be in an emergency situation.


$14.50 Hex wrench up to 10mm, chain tool and four spoke wrenches in one.

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3. MTB slicks. ~$10. Probably the equal of a $10 Nashbar MTB slick, but at least you don't have to pay shipping.
The same tires MEC sells for < $10. $7.75 and $8 26" MTB tires.
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4. Locks. They had a lot of locks. Some were probably competent, but I was eyeing a $3 (!) combo-lock chain. Seemed like it would be handy to leave on the bike for those "just in for a minute" gas station stops.
None of those locks would be useful for actual locking. For convenience locking where you step into a store for no more than 5 seconds.

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5. Don't remember the prices on the other stuff. Patch kits, horns, helmets. Probably passable quality with OK prices. No good mirrors that I saw.
Won't beat any of MECs prices, especially on quality. Walmart carries the cheapest of the cheap.

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6. Oh! Brake AND derailleur cables, with housings, for $4 or so for the whole kit. Much cheaper than the LBS, but they didn't look teflon-coated... Probably appropriate for that junk store beater you really don't want to ride anyway.
You don't need teflon coated. Anything besdies stainless cables is 100% waste of money.

None of the deals at walmart are really all that, with the additional kicker that you'd be supporting walmart if you bought this stuff for those who care.

P.S WNG you might want to read the post dates before bumping something next time. Especially when you don't add anything to the thread.
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I usually stick with the cheap tubes, I have seen them drop as low as $2.25 at the store close to here from the 4.25 regular price. Cant really beat that especially when the LBS charges about 6-9$ a tube.

Their in house brand of "under armor" isn't terrible either. I have a few of the long sleeved shirts that so far have served me through about 2 years of commuting 4x a week. I got lucky and found a good pair of bike shorts there under the "in-sport" name I think it was a fluke because i ahvent seen any more of the same design since.

They also have the 3M reflective tape that I used on the commuter and I found a set of Bell semi slick tires that are pretty bombproof. I just switched them out after about 4 years of use on the mtn bike.
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I recently found a bottle cage at W-Mart. It had an open front with a neoprene adjustable belt. Bought it on sight. Used it for a week to hold the lead acid 6v battery for my Sigma Sport headlights. That battery broke a cheap aluminum cage last year. I took it off when the Dinotte 200 arrived.

Bell's Airtight innertubes served me well from W-Mart. They are just thicker walled, but with Mr Tuffys installed, pumps collected dust. Finding 26" tubes at W-Mart is like winning the lottery, almost. They don't last long on the shelf.

I used to buy automotive innertube patch kits from the W until I bought a 100 pack of Rema's online. I gave the security supervisor 10 Rema's for accepting my bicycle related purchase deliveries at work. I may give him another gift set at Christmas. He did tell me that he and his wife ride bikes and I will take him at his word.

I also bought marine grade grease for my cables, compression athletic shorts, a Garrity led headbanded light,
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Old 11-10-07, 08:42 PM
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i bought one of those to match my black bike also, formula. couldn't get the damn top open. thru it away. did find a nice bike holder tho. screws to the wall,powder coated steel. folds up when not used. $5.00.
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