Wednesday, September 1, 2010

What Bikes Not to Buy

Okay, nice and simple post today. Nothing complicated for you guys. What bikes should you not buy?

There could be many different answers. It could depend on what riding style you have, where you live, price range, etc, etc. But for all people, of all age, of all regions. Do not buy the piece of shit department store bikes. You know what I'm talking about. Bikes from Walmart, Target, Kmart, those places. Those bikes are complete and utter shit. The wheels are weak and bend (sometimes taco), the brakes will glaze, the grips will rot, the components will wear quickly, the seat is uncomfortable. And most of all, the thing weighs a metric shit ton. Bikes like these
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But how do you avoid these traps? Well first, if you're in Walmart, it should be obvious. But how else? Well, there's things to look for on bikes of such nature. First of all, you can look for kickstands, just about ALL quality bikes, do not have kickstands. They're extra weight and provide little usefulness. Also, an excess amount of reflectors should inform you. High end bikes don't have many reflectors, if any, they're useless. Also, on the fork, useless bikes commonly have the rubber scrunchies on the forks. This isn't always the case though, high end bikes occasionally also have them. Finally, price, most good bikes will cost about 200 and up all the way into the thousands. Junk bikes are almost ALWAYS below 200.

Good Luck not buying crap! And a picture to make up for the one above.

20 comments:

  1. Yes Yes Yes i agree and this should be shouted from the mountain tops. :D

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  2. Thats a nice photo! I'll be following!

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  3. oh damn i forgot about linking this blog to my uncle

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  4. What kinda mountain bike do you have?

    OH. and, go to my blog, and on my first post is my msn/yahoo/aim

    msg me asap

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  5. That thing cost more than my car...

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  6. Nigma - Yeah, link it to your uncle anytime, the posts aren't going anywhere.
    Come At Me Bro - What about a SC V8? Review? What do I think? What?
    NYK - I've got a Santacruz Chameleon, bright green. Baby cost me 600, I'm sure much more than fajitagrande's car.

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  7. never ever ever ever buy a huffy! When my brother worked at a bike shop and someone came in with a Next to sell, he would only say, "Next" and thumb the other direction! haha!

    I really had a good experience riding
    Marin, Surly, Cannondale, Gary Fisher. Like all the brands.

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  8. Thanks a lot, that's very interesting and very useful.

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  9. thanks for the advice man, ill keep it in mind

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  10. thanks for the info.. i'll be considering these

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  11. Biking is great, no mountains near me though

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  12. Very informative! My dad tried to buy me a bike from Costco, and I was like "OMFG NO".

    Long story short, I ended up getting a quality 500 dollar bike.

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  13. Kent, I'm glad you told your dad otherwise. You did indeed make the correct decision.

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  14. Like the photos! And I love biking! <3

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