I read the reviews and got this bike, well I meant to get the brown version with a rear rack already installed, but went with this one instead when I got to the store. Keep in mind this is a Walmart bike not a professional $500+ touring cycle like some of the people posting reviews always forget.
Right off the bat it seemed decent in the store, I later realized it needed some minor tweaks, which with its setup weren't really rocket science. The clerk who put it together had the handle bars slightly off, and the seat was just enough slanted I didn't notice it till its maiden voyage. I picked up a bell multi tool, basically a Swiss army knife of allan wrenches etc that most bikes used, and easily did any minor adjustments with just that.
The tire pressure seems to not want to go above 30 on mine for some reason, well not stay above it for long, could be the route I use is awfull for biking so I spend a good half mile in gravel; min pressure on the tire however is 50, so if I don't check it before a ride I find myself shattered when I pass over the canal near my house, which isn't that steep of a grade.
I have since put a decent amount of cash into it, nothing like a tuning just lights, water bottle holder, lock etc and have yet to regret anything other then thinking on that first ride that I could 2.5 miles after not riding a bike in over 12 years.. big mistake. Like I mentioned before I check it over every time it leaves the garage, knowing full well with my first motorcycle, car, etc simply doing that can vastly improve a vehicles life. Keep in mind I am no mechanic, but after fixing a slipped chain on a motorcycle (not a bicycle, but similar in principle when chain driven) not to mention driving it into the ground the first 6 years of my licensed life, I know a thing or too about minor adjustments, and got an idea of what something should look like.
In conclusion this bike still wears me out, but I am slowly mastering it, and it runs nicer now then when I took it out of the store last month. Just remember if your not gonna buy the more expensive, don't expect professorial endurance, and never take it for granted, no matter how great it feels that first month. Never neglect the once over, and the basic maintenance, it always comes back to bite you, its easier to notice a potential problem early on and end up with a spare, then pay for repairs, and still need a new one.
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