27 March 2010

Too good to be true?

No, it is actually true, WalMart is selling a "fixed-speed" bicycle.

Every cyclist who has a blog has now reported on this.  Most of them have taken the typical (and to a point, understandable) stand that WalMart + bicycles = crap.

While this may be true, I am hesitant to immediately write it off.  So far, all I have seen is a low-res tiny picture of said bicycle, and the discription of the bike was obviously written by someone who doesn't know a thing about bicycles

The new 700C Mongoose Cachet Bike offers the ultimate experience in simplicity and style. Single-speed gearing makes for easy and intuitive riding. Caliper brakes and high-profile colored rims add urban style.
700C Men's Mongoose Cachet Fixed-Speed Bike:
•Aluminum frame with rigid fork
•Lightweight and responsive ride
•Single speed
•Front and rear caliper brakes ensure precise stops
•High-profile colored rims add urban style
•Assembly required

For one thing, is it a single speed or Fixed gear? The details list it as a single speed, but it is called a Fixed-speed (what is that anyways?)  Does it have a flip/flop hub?  Are there eyelets for fenders?  Is it "one size fit all"?  The questions go on.

One thing that I have read other blogs rail WalMart about is the fact it says "lightweight and responsive" with an aluminum frame, but the specs list the shipping weight as 39.7 lbs - which isn't lightweight at all.  What they are failing to realize is the "shipping weight" includes all of the box and all of the packing material.  I am curious what the weight of the bicycle itself is.

All of this can be yours for the price of $149.  A bargain in the bicycle world.

I mentioned on Thursday that I would like an inexpensive bike to keep at the office, for riding around downtown during my lunch breaks.  It would appear that this bike could possibly be an almost perfect fit for what I am looking for. I would like to see one in person, or read a review of more than a picture before I pass judgement.

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