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Buying a Bicycle at a Discount Store
Buying the right bicycle is where you have to start for the rider to enjoy their bike for a long time.
A bicycle purchase for some people is a very difficult task. I will share some of my observations of
trouble that people seem to have when buying a bicycle at a discount store. Price is usually the
first concern it seems, then color, then the style of bike and then the size of frame. Many of the
bikes sold at a discount store are bought as a gift for another person . Don't surprise them,bring
them to the store.
Price; Most of the bikes on display at a discount store are priced under $150.00 which makes
them sell quickly. Usually the difference in the price between bikes has to do with the materials
the bike is made of. More steel makes the bike heavier but makes them most often the cheapest.
Bikes with more aluminum as in the wheels and etc and the type of shifting mechanisms and
brakes tend to increase the price of the bike.
Colors; You won't find a big selection of colors for bikes. Bikes are painted certain colors for
different brands, styles and sizes and sometimes different colors for different retailers .
Style of bike; The first question that has to be answered is; "What is the bike going to be
used for"? Bicycles are designed for all kinds of different purposes. Will the bike be used for
stunts, transportation, off road riding or touring. How much maintenance will the bike require and
how capable is the owner going to be in performing the maintenance,( like cables and chains and
etc). These are questions that have to be answered before the bike is purchased.
Size; The size of the bike is very important. A bike too small that doesn't allow the rider to
straighten out their legs when the peddle is all of the way down isn't going to be comfortable and the
rider will not get the torque from their peddling that they should. A bike to large will be hard for the
rider to maneuver and will prevent them from touching the ground when they stop. In both cases the
rider isn't going to be happy with that bike. Most Bike Shops will encourage you to test ride a
bike. Unfortunately, when you buy a bicycle from a discount store you won't get to try it out.
Whether to buy or not to buy at a discount store.
Discount stores do sell a lot of bicycles, indeed these are the bikes that most people ride, thus
Wal Mart is the largest retailer of bicycles in the country. When buying a bicycle at a discount store
keep these things in mind. All bikes, whether at a bike shop or a discount store, come in a box and
have to be assembled. The assembler at the discount store has to assemble up to fourteen bike a
day during Christmas time and the summer time so the assembler doesn't have time to adjust
bearings and check lubrication or true wheels that the manufacture may not have done. Bikes that
are sold at discount stores are good bikes and with care can last a life time. A bike shop while
assembling a bicycle does have the time and equipment to adjust and properly lubricate bearings
and true wheels etc. A bike bought in a bike shop will cost more but is worth it. Remember that
bicycles are a bike shops first and only business.