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Walmart Road Bike Conversion

Old 07-16-16, 02:13 PM
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Walmart Road Bike Conversion

I'm building a low budget bike for my son and always wondered if the Walmart aluminum bike frames are decent. I found this road bike for $75.00 and was pleasantly surprised by the welds and overall quality of the frame. The steel forks are a little heavy but I hope to keep this build under 21 lbs. The origional crank set and handlebars are steel so the project is on hold until I find alloy replacements. He wanted a orange bike but I found some VHT burnt copper engine enamel that both of us like. I estimate the completed cost at around $120.00 so this is a cheap way to go for a commuter bike. Gallery link...

https://neuro.smugmug.com/Walmart-Ro...sion/i-ctpkZNf
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Old 07-16-16, 02:45 PM
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But... Wal-Mart sells a complete fixed gear bike about that much money anyway...

Your conversion looks nice, though.
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Old 07-16-16, 03:22 PM
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Originally Posted by JeremyLC View Post
But... Wal-Mart sells a complete fixed gear bike about that much money anyway...

Your conversion looks nice, though.
Good point and thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately I'm north of the border and selection is limited at Walmart Canada. Locally I would have to pay close to $500.00 for a Pure Fix single speed. Here's a search for men's bikes in the great white north...

http://www.walmart.ca/search/mens%20bikes
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That color is rad
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Originally Posted by Maybelater View Post
Good point and thanks for the kind words. Unfortunately I'm north of the border and selection is limited at Walmart Canada. Locally I would have to pay close to $500.00 for a Pure Fix single speed. Here's a search for men's bikes in the great white north...

http://www.walmart.ca/search/mens%20bikes
And here's a search for "fixie":

http://www.walmart.ca/search/fixie
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Old 07-16-16, 11:16 PM
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That color is really nice. Curious to see how this turns out, final weight, and price.
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Curious as well to how heavy it ends up being.
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
And here's a search for "fixie":

http://www.walmart.ca/search/fixie
I clicked that link for the Kent and it says "Perfect for the rider who wants the experience of a road bike but handling of a computer bike."

I would love to feel the handling of a "computer" bike.
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I clicked that link for the Kent and it says "Perfect for the rider who wants the experience of a road bike but handling of a computer bike."

I would love to feel the handling of a "computer" bike.
Trust me, you don't!!!! If you are buying a Kent you are looking for the fine ride of scrap iron with the quality of a fine wine made in a porta-potty all for what seems like a super cheap price (I guess they sell them per pound?)
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Originally Posted by Logan_Wright View Post
I clicked that link for the Kent and it says "Perfect for the rider who wants the experience of a road bike but handling of a computer bike."

I would love to feel the handling of a "computer" bike.
You've never ridden a computer bike?

lol newb

But on a seriously note, they're the bikes in TRON.
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I recieved the alloy crank set I ordered and the bike is now complete. The final weight is 21 lbs. with a alloy kick stand. The M wave 44 tooth crank set is good quality for the money and is made in Italy. Amazon has the crank set listed for $16.74 USD. Here's a breakdown of the bike and replacement parts...

Bike- 75.00
Handlebars- 20.00
Paint- 18.00
Grips- 5.00
Crank Set- 21.00
Total- $139.00

The bike feels quick and has a final ratio of 74 gear inches. I'm in Canada where we pay more and get less so a decent bike for 140 bucks is a good deal. Updated picture gallery here...

https://neuro.smugmug.com/Walmart-Road-Bike-Conversion/
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Originally Posted by Logan_Wright View Post
I clicked that link for the Kent and it says "Perfect for the rider who wants the experience of a road bike but handling of a computer bike."

I would love to feel the handling of a "computer" bike.
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Old 08-08-16, 02:21 PM
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How will you keep the chain tight? It looks like you've got the wheel pulled back all the way already and the chain is still slack?
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Old 08-08-16, 02:39 PM
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Good catch! I was trying both the 16 and 18 tooth gears on the original freewheel and settled on the 16 tooth. The chain has been shortened accordingly.
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Definitely looks a lot better than how it started.
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i'm impressed.
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Old 08-08-16, 05:02 PM
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Thanks Johnny! I'm happy with the finished bike but have to be very careful with the paint finish. The base color was clear coated but there's no hardener in spray can paint so it's easily scratched.
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