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Kent brands?

Old 08-29-23, 10:02 PM
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Kent brands?

walmart.com/ip/Kent-700C-Men-s-Ridgeland-Hybrid-Bike-Blue-Green/887192234

Yes I know Kent is bottom of the barrel. My question is: can it work as a commuter bike on asphalt roads and last a while? Or are the bearings going to fail within a few weeks?
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Originally Posted by primuspaul
walmart.com/ip/Kent-700C-Men-s-Ridgeland-Hybrid-Bike-Blue-Green/887192234

Yes I know Kent is bottom of the barrel. My question is: can it work as a commuter bike on asphalt roads and last a while? Or are the bearings going to fail within a few weeks?
It will be fine.
Probably geared to tall for a beginner commuter, but youíll figure it out.
Iíd remove crank arm bolts and make sure threads are clean, locktite, reinstall.
If itís going to be a commuter, maybe remove the valve stems, pour some sealant in and reinstall.
Check spoke tension, headset, handlebar, pedal tightness.

Then ride it into the ground. Use it as an experience to think about what you want in your next bike.
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Those Wallymart bikes are total garbage, and not worth buying at even half the price. You'll spend more fixing all the problems than it will cost to buy something better. For just $50 more you can get something from bikesdirect that is a lot better >>>> https://www.bikesdirect.com/products...eetfighter.htm

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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie
Those Wallymart bikes are total garbage, and not worth buying at even half the price. You'll spend more fixing all the problems than it will cost to buy something better. For just $50 more you can get something from bikesdirect that is a lot better >>>>
Are their Mongooses crap, too?
walmart.com/ip/seort/569505331
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie
Those Wallymart bikes are total garbage, and not worth buying at even half the price. You'll spend more fixing all the problems than it will cost to buy something better. For just $50 more you can get something from bikesdirect that is a lot better >>>> https://www.bikesdirect.com/products...eetfighter.htm

^ This is good.

They also have 2 3 speed bikes that will probably work for you. You said somewhere else there was one steep hill.

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products...ruisers_al.htm

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products...r-hybrid-3.htm
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Originally Posted by primuspaul
Are their Mongooses crap, too?
walmart.com/ip/seort/569505331
I think theyíre all pacific cycles bikes.

Crap is stating it a bit strongly IMO.

The problem with Walmart bikes is this.

You will need to perform some maintenance on them very quickly after buying them. Maybe the crank arms fall off, pedals fall off, etc. So you spend $100-$200 on a bike you still need to work on.

So you donít get the rock bottom price of a $25-$50 used beach cruiser. And you donít get the greater quality of a bikes direct bike even after you fiddle with it.

So Wally World bikes are kind of in a no manís land.

I really think for just 2 miles you might seriously think about a used beach cruiser. Then go to a local co-op or local bike store and ask to look through their take off bin for mtb riser bars and a different saddle.

Especially a co-op, or a neighbor who is into bikes can help you put front brakes on.
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The good news is that on a singlespeed, it'll be harder to knock the gears out of adjustment.

The bearings will probably not fail in a few weeks if they are properly adjusted (which tends to be a crapshoot with these bikes). Too tight can create slightly annoying drag. Too loose can lead to early failure.

A big issue with big box bikes for adults from Wal* and similar places is that the frames and components are sized for an "average person" - generally around the 50th percentile male or female. If you are around that size, you may agree with the fit. If you aren't (raises hand), the bike will be a lot less enjoyable as it will probably be too big or too small for you.

If you have a bike co-op or used bicycle seller in your area, try to look there first prior to committing to the Kent, as you may find something that fits or rides better and may be more durable at a similar price point.
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Wally Mart "bikes" are made with the lowest grade components put together by the lowest grade labor. The bearings may not fail in a week but I have seen more than enough pedals cranks and other parts fall off quickly and plenty of backwards forks and things like that. If they were $25 then maybe yeah not as terrible a deal but spending even $100 on something you basically should overhaul from brand new is silly. Single Speeds are simple bikes but that doesn't change much on anything as quality can still be absolutely terrible and not worth the cheap price. If you are going to be commuting then get a reliable bike with quality parts. If you are worried about price then buy the best bike you can or increase your budget a bit till you can get something that is well above a wally-mart "bike". Generally the less you spend at the start the more you spend overall throughout the life of the bike.

If you are a bargain bin dweller then Bikes Direct sells bikes that are OK enough with old brand names they bought to give some prestige to their generic products. However they are going to be miles ahead of wally-mart not totally quality but not scraping the underside of the barrel. The KiloTT has always been a long time favorite of theirs that many people ride and enjoy. Nothing great but certainly a solid and serviceable bike that you can have some good fun on.
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https://www.citygrounds.com/products...oaAgskEALw_wcB

Maybe someone here has some experience with this one.
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Originally Posted by primuspaul
walmart.com/ip/Kent-700C-Men-s-Ridgeland-Hybrid-Bike-Blue-Green/887192234

Yes I know Kent is bottom of the barrel. My question is: can it work as a commuter bike on asphalt roads and last a while? Or are the bearings going to fail within a few weeks?
Hard to say but the dawes that was posted will be a better option. You're going to want to adjust your gearing, to what only you can say after you've tried it out. The kent does not have a removable chainring, while the dawes does. I received an motobecane uno this year, same site but an 300.00 upscale version of the dawes, the bike is incredibly heavy and came geared all wrong. It was way to high for its first trip which was too and from the airport outside St. Louis which was very hilly and even a little too tall for Manhattan. I changed the gearing and it became my go to bike for commuting and trips to the city, its definitely heavy but smooth and comfortable. Being able to change the chainring and cog at the same time meant not needing a chain. By buying a combo that used close to the same number of teeth between the old gearing and the new gearing I had drastically different climbing ability while still using the same chain length. My pedals did fail completely at 5 miles but everything else has held up great.

Originally Posted by primuspaul
Are their Mongooses crap, too?
walmart.com/ip/seort/569505331
Yes. If general the brand was crap when Dick's was selling the 20 years ago, the intervening decades have not been kind to the general quality of the brand.

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State Bikes is having a sale, if you can find one in your size. Maybe getting more spendy than originally intended....
https://www.statebicycle.com/collect...clan-core-line

I'm taking a different route.... taking a cheap frame, investing hours and hours refurbing, so I can build it up and sell on Craigs List for .... $50 ? ... i hope... https://www.bikeforums.net/g/album/30495164
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I'm with the other guys. It's a crap shoot. I have heard all kinds of horror stories about WM BSOs, but my experience with their singlespeed bikes is a tad different. Yes, I rode it home and immediately disassembled and regreased everything, set the bearings and such, but I had really only ever intended the thing as a winter beater. It functioned well in that respect. I can't even really remember the name of it, it was yellow and came with blue tires.

AFAIK its still running around fairbanks, I get occasional messages from a group out there I rode with. Ill ask them for a picture of it next i hear from them. Mine seem to have poofed
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