as a short caveat, I've only had this bike for 4 days, so I can't say much to it's longevity. I bought it so that I could bike to work, and didn't want to be out a lot of money when (not 'if' but 'when') it or a major component gets stolen. Overall, it's a solid, decent quality, but wal-mart class, bike which is great for someone who wants something cheap & easy. I would recommend it for people who need something for occasional recreation or short commutes. I had it shipped to my office (I planned to return with my car to pick it up). It came well before I expected it to--I ordered it on Tuesday and it came on Friday. (it was schedule to arrive the following Tuesday at the earliest). Only problem was the box was too big to fit in the car, so I had to unpack it in my office and put the components (frame w/ back wheel attached and w/ handlebar unmounted but attached by breaklines, plus the front wheel separated). The poster who said that 'the directions were as clear as mud' was correct. I got most of it put together okay, but had quite a bit of difficulty getting the handlebars and front break adjusted correctly, and I still keep having to make small adjustments to the breaks to get them perfect. I think it took about 2 hours and required a size 10 wrench and two different sized Allen wrenches. Now that its put together it rides pretty well. I haven't biked in about 10 years, so I'm not sure what issues are mine vs. the bike's. The gears seem a little stiff when I shift but they work. Obviously, this isn't a road bike and wasn't designed for speed. Add to that my inexperience in the past decade, and clearly I was going very slowly--I was passed by every single other bike commuter going my way this morning (at least 8 of them). I'm hoping that this will change after I get more practice. The riding position on this bike is great--slightly more upright than my old mountain bike and much more upright than a road bike, but not as upright/practically lounging as some other cruiser/comfort bikes--perfect for commuting. The tires are not high-pressure road tires--they are about the thickness of mountain bike tires, and while they do have grooves/tread they aren't knobby like a mountain bikes' tires. The chain guard is very helpful (clean pants!), though the chain occasionally rattles in the low gears. As I live uphill from work, I needed a bike with multiple gears, and the gears on this bike seem sufficient. My only complaint is that the frame size (thick bars placed close together) makes it impossible to mount my lock to the bike and makes it difficult to lock the bike up. I have the second largest kryptonite U-lock, which is too big to be mounted inside the frame, but barely fits around the frame, front tire, and a standard bike rack. (However, since the wheels are not quick release, they are more secure, but the seat is, so I got a cable to attache that to the lock).
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