All the little problems that everyone is bashing this bike about should keep one thing in mind. When you bought the bike, did you make any adjustments to the brakes, derailleurs, etc. Also were the wheels true when it was purchased or were the wheels checked? Riding a bike with an untrue wheel will make it worse. Too many people take these bikes home expecting them to work right out of the box or when wheeled out of the store. You need to make adjustments and check the bike constantly. Bikes too, need to be broken in and new parts will become loose and need adjustments. New cables and chains will stretch while being used for the first time and will need adjustments. Wheels will need to be trued as riding will require the spokes to be tightened or loosened during its first initial months of usage, longer if only ridden occasionally. This is where the problem is, not with the bike, but most of the time with the owners. Bicycles require constant adjustment and maintenance if they are to remain trouble free. Shifting a bike when a derailleur is in need of adjustment will cause further problems or serious injury if it goes into the spokes of a wheel. If a peddle falls off, was it ever tight in the first place or was it even checked? Just because a wrench was put to the peddle a month prior does not ensure it will remain tight forever. Use common sense and practical judgement. These types of things usually happen out of neglect not problems with workmanship. A $3000 road bike will give the same types of headaches as an $88.00 bike if it is not maintained properly. I own a small bike shop and I see countless people bring their bikes in with serious problems that could have been corrected if the bike owner had taken the time to check the bike instead of ignoring it until a part falls off. I have repaired and resold a few of these bike used, they just need TLC, and like all things with moving parts they need to be maintained, adjusted, oiled, and repaired properly or parts will fall off and wheels will "warp."
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