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$35 Fixies at Target

Old 01-27-13, 08:15 AM
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Cheap bikes are never good... and good bikes are never cheap.. In order to sell the bike at such low prices, they have to compromise on the quality of the parts. Pay a bit more and get a bike with decent parts that would at least last a while.

I have a Cannondale which I bought in 1993, I guess I put in about $2,000 in the bike including upgrades and replacement parts in the 20 years that I owned the bike. That works out to be $100 per year or $8.33 per month. While there may be bikes that are low cost, but they may not last long before the parts start breaking down and you have to spend more money on repairs.
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There's nothing wrong with picking up a $35 bike for a beater. Nobody is talking about winning the TDF on a bike from Target.
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Yeah, on one here is buying one with any expectation of it being a quality bike.





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I'm not able to confirm the $35 price tag on anything, had my buddy who works at Target check it out for me and he snapped a pic of the Magna Fix-D at $60 on clearance. Still not too bad, might see if my buddy gets a employee discount and have him buy it to try and sweeten the deal a little better to get closer to that original $35 price tag mentioned.


Anyone able to confirm a store selling them at $35?

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Old 01-27-13, 06:47 PM
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Originally Posted by ThimbleSmash
Still not too bad, might see if my buddy gets a employee discount and have him buy it to try and sweeten the deal a little
10% discount when he pays with cash. Or if he has a Red Card, 15%.
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Old 01-27-13, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by TiBikeGuy
Cheap bikes are never good... and good bikes are never cheap.. In order to sell the bike at such low prices, they have to compromise on the quality of the parts. Pay a bit more and get a bike with decent parts that would at least last a while.

I have a Cannondale which I bought in 1993, I guess I put in about $2,000 in the bike including upgrades and replacement parts in the 20 years that I owned the bike. That works out to be $100 per year or $8.33 per month. While there may be bikes that are low cost, but they may not last long before the parts start breaking down and you have to spend more money on repairs.
Or..... you could just buy the one at Target for $35, ride it for a 2 years, spend $157 on cheap parts to keep it on the road, and you'd spend $8/month. More than likely it'll last longer than 2 years IF it's taken care of like your Cannondale obviously was. Some folks can't drop big bucks up front and just need a ride. This is a good deal for that purpose.
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Id buy one to lock up outside my apartment and use as a dirty weather grocery getter.
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where do you find a 28 inch tire or tube?
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Originally Posted by Gallo
where do you find a 28 inch tire or tube?

Tire Type: 700c

I was wrong about the sizing.


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Originally Posted by AristoNYC
Tire Type: 700c

Im pretty sure 700c (millimeters) is proportional to 28"

700 mm = 27.5591 in
If 700c was the same thing as 700mm.
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Originally Posted by Nagrom_
If 700c was the same thing as 700mm.
You're right, it looks like 700c is 622mm. My mistake.
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[TD="align: justify"]29 inch[/TD]
[TD="align: justify"]622 mm[/TD]
[TD="align: justify"]This is a marketing term for wide 622 mm ("700c") tires.[/TD]
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[TD="align: justify"]28 x decimal[/TD]
[TD="align: justify"]Some German tire companies use this non-standard designation for 622 mm ("700c") tires.
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[TH]Fractional[/TH]
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[TD="align: justify"]29 inch[/TD]
[TD="align: justify"]622 mm[/TD]
[TD="align: justify"]This is a marketing term for wide 622 mm ("700c") tires.[/TD]
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[TD="align: justify"]28 x 1 1/2[/TD]
[TD="align: justify"]635 mm[/TD]
[TD="align: justify"]English, Dutch, Chinese, Indian Rod-brake roadsters
(Also marked F10, F25, 700 B)[/TD]
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[TD="align: justify"]622 mm[/TD]
[TD="align: justify"](F.13)Rare Canadian designation for the (F.13)[/TD]
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[TD="align: justify"]28 x 1 5/8 x
1 1/4[/TD]
[TD="align: justify"]Northern European designation for the 622 mm (700 C) size[/TD]
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above via sheldon brown's site.

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Old 01-27-13, 07:43 PM
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Well... Picked one up...

$59.98 plus 15% off from a friend.

So far: paint sucks and wheels are really untrue. As expected.

Planning on leaving it at work (automotive shop) to tool around on.

Note: instructions and paper work from 'Dynacraft'
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Originally Posted by Dabbling Runner
Or..... you could just buy the one at Target for $35, ride it for a 2 years, spend $157 on cheap parts to keep it on the road, and you'd spend $8/month. More than likely it'll last longer than 2 years IF it's taken care of like your Cannondale obviously was. Some folks can't drop big bucks up front and just need a ride. This is a good deal for that purpose.
I understand and appreciate the fact not everyone can spend a ton of money on a bike, but trust me, it'll cost you more in the long run if you start out with a hunk of crap like this. Unless you've already got a pretty healthy parts bin, this thing would be a money pit.
I've seen a lot of decent starter bikes on CL in the $75 to $100 price range. Do yourself a favor if you're considering buying one of these for any considerable, practical use; Don't...

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Originally Posted by ColtJ
Well... Picked one up...

$59.98 plus 15% off from a friend.

So far: paint sucks and wheels are really untrue. As expected.

Planning on leaving it at work (automotive shop) to tool around on.

Note: instructions and paper work from 'Dynacraft'
I'd make sure I had at least a $60 helmet...
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Originally Posted by ThimbleSmash

Anyone able to confirm a store selling them at $35?


I just got one in Gastonia, NC (near Charlotte) for $35.98
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It makes it even funnier parked in front of the world's fastest banana
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I picked one up in Indiana for $35.98. Steel cranks, stamped calipers, and chipping paint.

Perfect winter beater!
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Originally Posted by ThimbleSmash
I'm not able to confirm the $35 price tag on anything, had my buddy who works at Target check it out for me and he snapped a pic of the Magna Fix-D at $60 on clearance. Still not too bad, might see if my buddy gets a employee discount and have him buy it to try and sweeten the deal a little better to get closer to that original $35 price tag mentioned.


Anyone able to confirm a store selling them at $35?
Call around, i called a bunch and most stores had them for $59, a few had them for $89 and only one store had them for $35 but was out of stock (Diamond Bar, CA)
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Originally Posted by rex615


I just got one in Gastonia, NC (near Charlotte) for $35.98
What's that beasie you've got it leaning against? It's in your avatar as well.
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Originally Posted by ShoreCyclist
It makes it even funnier parked in front of the world's fastest banana
It is now that you point it out. Bikes at opposite ends of the spectrum in performance, cost and complexity. Still just bikes though.


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What's that beasie you've got it leaning against? It's in your avatar as well.


It is a Quest velomobile (a pedal powered streamliner), but since technically it is a recumbent, I don't think we are suppose to talk about them here .
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Originally Posted by rex615
It is now that you point it out. Bikes at opposite ends of the spectrum in performance, cost and complexity. Still just bikes though.





It is a Quest velomobile (a pedal powered streamliner), but since technically it is a recumbent, I don't think we are suppose to talk about them here .
Cool mate. Just tell the boys it's fixed gear and you can talk about it here
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Every target can be different

After reading about the Fixie deal I visited my local Target and found out that even though all Targets carry almost the same products, brands and items not all Targets have sale prices on the same items. My Target manager said the Magna Fixie is normally $119.99 and is "reduced" to $99.99.

This is a far cry from $59 and change. He said he would take my name and number and call me if they are told to clearance the bike.

I am not holding my breath for a return call. Good information and some Targets will carry that Fixie at the clearance price.

Unfortunately I'd spend $200 in gas and $80 in tolls to drive to New York to get one at that price Wardie

PS if anyone knows of a Target in NE Ohio that has that price please post it.

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Originally Posted by SwiftySS
I picked one up in Indiana for $35.98. Steel cranks, stamped calipers, and chipping paint.

Perfect winter beater!
Exactly. I know we're on a bike forum but some of you guys need to get your head out of your asses.

I rode $80 mongoose BMX bikes all growing up and treated them way worse than I ever have with my FG. Left it in the snow/rain/mud/. Crashed it on ****ty jumps, into my friends bikes, etc. Never had any issues.

I'm an adult now and take care of my belongings but 40 bucks to have something to scoot around on is hard to argue with. I wouldn't buy it but it's nice that college kids or people tight on money can get something ridable for that price.
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Originally Posted by ThimbleSmash
Does anyone know the gear ratio for it? I was thinking slap a big cog on it and have it as a dirt cheap polo bike just to experiment with. .
Mine has a 48T chainring and an 18T rear cog. The tires are 38mm so per Saint Sheldon's calculator, that is 72 gear inches.

I am guessing that to convert to a polo bike you would want a smaller chainring in the front than a 48T.
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48 18 is about what I ride with on the flat if I'm in no hurry. Thats a pretty decent ratio.
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