Let's face it-- this is the cheapest bike you can get, period. If you're looking for a bike that will receive infrequent use, or just for a little exercise, or for your kids-- this is a good choice. If it gets stolen, you're only out $50. A cheap bike at a bike store usually runs $300-$500 minimum. On the downside-- the worst part about this bike is the shifters. They are truly awful, and require frequent adjustment. Keep an eye on the brakes, but if you know anything at all about bikes, you should be able to keep them from rubbing too badly. Make sure you spin the wheels of your bike before purchase to make sure the wheels aren't warped or the brake pads are rubbing. You can always get it tweaked before you leave, or pick a different bike. My overall rating is low because this bike is, well, cheap. But where else are you gonna get a bike for $50? The bottom line is, you get what you pay for, and if a cheap bike is what you want, then that's what you'll get. If you want a bike that will last 10 years with low maintenance, then look at a Giant, etc, but plan to spend at least 6-10X as much. It's a great value for a starter bike, for the kids, or if you're strapped for cash. Grab a bike tool, and if you're willing to experiment, and get your hands dirty, you could get a few decent years out of this bike.
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