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    I'm considering buying a bicycle for riding around the neighborhood. I need something with three or maybe five speeds. I've looked at the local second-hand stores and some yard sales, but haven't seen anything that doesn't need a bit of work. The local WM has several models of "Next" bicycles with aluminum frames that look reasonably good for around $100. I know deep down that they are probably Chinese junk, but I'm trying to be optimistic. If anyone knows how to build bicycles, the Chinese should.

    Has anyone here had any experience with them?

    Any products mentioned in my posts have been endorsed by their manufacturer.

  • #2
    WalMart is making a profit on a $100 bicycle they import from China and you have to ask if they're any good?

    Buy one and let us know.


    • #3
      Chinese bike????

      Yes, the Chinese do have a lot of bikes. Lots and lots of bikes. They sure do have a lot of bikes everywhere....

      Only trouble is, no one knows how to ride them, and the basic Chinese bicycle is without a doubt the most sorry and pathetic excuse for a machine that every reared its rusty head from a scrap heap.

      I had a friend who bought a brand-spanking new Grand Dragon bicycle from the shop. A design straight out of the Fifties, in an alternate universe. The kind of bike that everyone rides here. The wheels were as out-of-true as a Pringle. The brakes were a joke, and barely made contact with the rims. I think the bike slowed down more as an effect of bearing friction than brake friction. In fact the locals "stop" not by braking (really, I'm not kidding!) but by sliding their flip-flops along the pavement and wiggling the handlebars wildly back-and-forth, like a drunk Fred Flinstone. They are heavy, unresponsive, and make you feel sad somehow just riding one - like asking your grandmother to carry you up the stairs.

      Everything rusted inside a month. The freewheel turned to powder in six months. Someone should have taken it out and shot it. Somehow the local people keep them going and going - literally with bailing wire, tape, string.

      $100 for a bike??? Ugh, this is false economy. If you care anything about metalworking or machines don't saddle yourself with this thing. Everything will let you down. Wait another month to save a few more pennies, or check out E-Bay. Hell, go to the Goodwill. I'm serious - anything would be better.


      • #4
        I believe the bicycle from walmart for a hundred bucks will be a good investment go for it .What do you want ?It will be all there and the chinese know more about making bycycles than we do the have millions of them.go for it I wouldn't hesitate a brand new bike for a hundred bucks is good value don't be put off Alistair
        Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease


        • #5

          I used to commute to work twelve miles each way and somtimes 25 miles on sunday for fun no expert. If you are only going tp spend a few miles on the bike one in a while the next is probly OK If you are going any distance sevel times a week get somthing decent. I boght a pacific Chines bike for my son years ago. It came with metal chips packed in the bottom bracket. So if you do by a next or similar take it completly apart clean lube and adjust. Even the good bikes are not adjested at the factory they expect the set up mechanic to do it. Who asembled the wal mat bike.IMO For less than a hundred you should be able to find a decent american bike that has spent most of it life in someones basment or garage. Most american adults do not ride alot If they do ride a lot then they also know maintenace.
          Regrds Tin
          Ad maiorem dei gloriam - Ad vitam paramus


          • #6
            I bought 1 of those brand bikes when it was on sale marked down to $49.99 from $100+ at Walmart. Goes down hill just fine. Aint been able to get the dang thing to go UP hill yet!



            • #7
              A quick Google search reveals they are are death machines


              The challenge will be finding a GOOD bike for less than $500.
              I just need one more tool,just one!


              • #8
                Most larger towns have a discount bike store. Here the one I recommend is Performance. They are a mail order house with outlet.

                I bought a town commuter for $289 there. Cheap front suspension and shock seat. The shifting components are upgraded to Shimano deore, good stuff.

                Stand up to pedal once and your junk rear derailur skips and you wreck. The $189 you saved on the walmart bike evaporates. Look at the rear derailur, if it's a stamped metal piece move on. Forget a full suspension at cheap price, man some of those walmart full suspensions are heavy!

                However, if you just ride around flat neighborhood 5 times a year I suppose a walmart bike fits the bill.

                My ex bought a "pacifica" bike from Target (?) for a cheap bike it was actually fairly decent.


                • #9
                  You are a cruel man, Allistair.


                  • #10
                    Eye Opener

                    I know this is off topic but i took my old panasonic radio to work yesterday. It Has PLL Computer Controlled Tuning System a digital clock and buttond for all the tuning. FM LW MW and Sw frequencies. I really like it. It also weighs a few pounds . My diemaker friend Henry started laughing at it. I guess at 48 im the oldest guy on the floor. Henry buys syuff from ebay and last two things he bought for me didnt even work. Primarilly batteries and chargers. The newest ones led charge light doesnt work at all and the other 3 volt lithiumn charger came with the wrong batteries that wouldnt and couldnt ever be recharged as three weeks later a email comes to him from china wrong type vatteries sent non rechargeable,. HM. So im sitting here musing over all this crap new **** and still listening to my old radio thats still working. Moral i dont know but it seems most new stuff is pretty crappy. Even Audreys new 4000. fridge stove fridge has already been replaced and the stove ceramic tops been replaced alreadt. Havent even had em 10 months. **** ti is. I remember the fridge movers comment gee this is the heaviest fridge weve ever moved (my old green double door model). Oh well.


                    • #11
                      Trek bicycles are made in China. The last one I bought was a like-new cross-trainer for $50. Watch Craigslist or other local classifieds. People are always buying nice bikes then finding out they don't ever take time to ride.


                      • #12
                        You're supposed to pick up an old vintage bicycle from good will.

                        Take it home; machine up a billet, taper bearing crank for it. Roller chain, cast wheels. You know - use that shop with all those idle tools in it. What are you doing - riding around the neighborhood ! The neighborhood is supposed to come to your place to see what you're working on.


                        • #13
                          We picked up TWO MT. FURY roadmaster bikes at wal-mart for $110. no problems they run just fine. Some of the welds are not so hot. My friends buy the high dollar bikes but they have money to throw at stuff like that. I do not.

                          The best bike I ever had was a 12 speed FONG (Taiwan) from K mart for $89. It was a little tire type race bike. I wore out 2 sets of front wheel bearings and one set of crank bearings before I threw it away. It lasted 6 years.

                          The biggest part about buying a fancy bike is they get stolen. After 2 $500 bikes of mine were stolen I went cheap and never will buy a fancy one again.

                          Let the punks steal a cheapo but most of them will overlook the budget bike.


                          • #14
                            Sorry forest didn't mean to be cruel but I read one report of a boy buying a bike and not knowing what quick change wheels were but that's hardly the manufacturers fault anyway I didn't mean to offend Alistair
                            Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease


                            • #15
                              Bike deals

                              There is no real cheap ride if you end up getting a used bike you usualy have to put tires break pad etc on it. The cheap Dept store bikes are literaly a pain in the seat area. Police auctions can be a good surce if you know what you are looking for. Deals I have gotten.At Goodwill vintage fuji road bike for $15 vintage Puch road bikefor $10 . GT outpost $20Mountain from the flea market. The best deal was when a buddy of mine sold me an 80s vintage American Made Treck with mid 70s Campy components for $20. He got it from the local police aution. unfortunaly his daugter had wrecked the rear rim by reaming it for a shreader valve using a screw driver. So $80 for a set of wheels. Still not a bad deal. The last bike I set up for someone was it for my pastor. Replaced rubber, saddle a few worn parts, repacked bearings,etc i think it was somthing over a hundred bucks. ****'s Sporting Goods(I Guess I have to say Richard's the web site did not like the real name) somtimes has 50% off sale around february you can get a $500 bike for $250 last years closeut type of deal. Unles you are only going around the block a few times a year get somthing decent.
                              Happy hunting
                              Tin Falcon
                              Last edited by Tin Falcon; 08-30-2006, 04:17 PM.
                              Ad maiorem dei gloriam - Ad vitam paramus