You get what you pay for... On: 2009-08-24
When I first received this bike, I thought it was fine. It was easy to assemble the few parts that werent already connected. As soon as it was ready I took the bike for a quick spin to see how it rode. Immediately, loud rubbing caught my attention. I noticed the wheels were slightly warped and with each revolution, the rear tire rubbed on the gear-shift line running next to the frame. I made some quick adjustments and reseated the tire a bit. It then just barely cleared the line. I wrote it off thinking that since Ive been out of biking for so long, surely I was doing something wrong.
Over the next couple weeks (keep in mind Ive only had this bike for 30 days) Ive ridden the bike a few more times in short stints. All together, Ive put maybe 10 miles on the bike. This weekend I went to ride it and heard the rubbing again. I flipped the bike over to adjust the wheel again and this time I found that the wheel is extremely warped. How could this be? I havent run into anything. I havent damaged the bike. I havent even ridden it on wet pavement! Its now pretty obvious that the wheels are horribly cheap. Now that Ive become more familiar with the bike, I can see the rest of the components see/feel/seem cheap as well.
It looks like the moral of the story is you get what you pay for. This is a very inexpensive bike compared to most out there. I took a chance by reading the reviews, even ignoring a couple of the negative ones. Now I have to find out how to either exchange or return my bike. At the very least, how to get some wheels that arent warped. I dont think I can recommend this bike to anyone.
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