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Old December 28th 04, 09:47 PM
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Learning toward one or the other for buying a new dept store bicycle. I
know what to look for when it comes to assembling them. The bike is
going to be used as a commuter. The Huffy's are about 30 dollars cheaper
and both have Shamino gears. Just curious if I should spend the 30 bucks
more for a Schwinn or not. If you are going to reply that I should buy
from an LBS, save your bandwidth.

So which would you recommend?
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Old December 28th 04, 10:03 PM
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PSB wrote:
Learning toward one or the other for buying a new dept store bicycle.

I
know what to look for when it comes to assembling them. The bike is
going to be used as a commuter. The Huffy's are about 30 dollars

cheaper
and both have Shamino gears. Just curious if I should spend the 30

bucks
more for a Schwinn or not. If you are going to reply that I should

buy
from an LBS, save your bandwidth.

So which would you recommend?


Neither. As commuters, they would probably do OK. But they are cheap
junk, and possibly like throwing money away. If you search in this
newsgroup for "Carl Fogel" "Roadmaster" and "Fury", you will find the
saga of a cheap dept. store bike.

You /should/ buy from your LBS. But not a new bike. A used one. A
decent, well-maintained, used bike can cost only a bit more than a new
dept. store bike-shaped toy, and is likely to have better components.
This means that you might get more life out of your used bike than you
would out of a new bike-shaped toy from some *Mart.

Locally, the LBSs have quite a bit of used inventory that they are
willing to make deals on because in our corner of North America, it's
winter, and bikes don't sell well here in the winter.
Good luck.

HAND,

E.P.

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Old December 28th 04, 10:10 PM
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On Tue, 28 Dec 2004 16:47:35 -0500, PSB
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Learning toward one or the other for buying a new dept store bicycle. I
know what to look for when it comes to assembling them. The bike is
going to be used as a commuter. The Huffy's are about 30 dollars cheaper
and both have Shamino gears. Just curious if I should spend the 30 bucks
more for a Schwinn or not. If you are going to reply that I should buy
from an LBS, save your bandwidth.

So which would you recommend?


Dear Dyslexic PBS,

I doubt [modest cough] that you will hear from anyone who
has wasted more time and bandwidth here extolling the
glories of such value-for-money steeds.

(I also doubt that anyone will recommend either brand.)

But I'm pleased with my $60 Fury RoadMaster from Walmart
and its fifteen fierce Shamino gears.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ... 4#long_descr

As far as I can tell, the Fury rolls four miles along its
daily route with reasonable splendour, gnashing its teeth as
befits its name.

Most two-wheeled objects with pedals do the same.

Carl Fogel
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Old December 28th 04, 10:23 PM
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My Huffy has 6 years = 48k miles of commuting on it. I haven't
tried a Schwinn, either the original brand or the current one.

You can order parts from Huffy for it as well, when they wear out.
Or if enough wear out at once, just buy a whole new Huffy.

I generally get 6 years before that happens, and the current one
looks to be going strong for more years yet.
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Old December 28th 04, 10:41 PM
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On Tue, 28 Dec 2004 22:23:02 GMT, Ron Hardin
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My Huffy has 6 years = 48k miles of commuting on it. I haven't
tried a Schwinn, either the original brand or the current one.

You can order parts from Huffy for it as well, when they wear out.
Or if enough wear out at once, just buy a whole new Huffy.

I generally get 6 years before that happens, and the current one
looks to be going strong for more years yet.


Dear Ron,

So much for another of my fearless predictions!

(I take it that you recommend the Huffy.)

At around a thousand miles per year, I somehow doubt that
I'll put 48k miles on the Fury RoadMaster, so now I'll try
to think of it as a delicate competition machine, the kind
that racers replace each season for fear of fatigue
weakening the highly-stressed frame.

Do you remember what your Huffy cost?

Carl Fogel
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Old December 28th 04, 10:52 PM
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If the Schwinn has a frame mounted derailleur go that
way you won't regret it.

I MTB 2004










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Old December 28th 04, 11:13 PM
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Learning toward one or the other for buying a new dept store bicycle. I
know what to look for when it comes to assembling them. The bike is going
to be used as a commuter. The Huffy's are about 30 dollars cheaper and
both have Shamino gears. Just curious if I should spend the 30 bucks more
for a Schwinn or not. If you are going to reply that I should buy from an
LBS, save your bandwidth.

So which would you recommend?


Bandwith is cheap, sorry. Look for a decent used bike. You could probably
find one for nearly free at a garage sale or thrift shop that would be far
better than the Huffy or Schwinn from a department store. If you have the
skills to properly assemble a bike, you can probably easily deal with a used
bike, and recognize a real gem that's there for the taking.

--Mike Jacoubowsky
Chain Reaction Bicycles
www.ChainReaction.com
IMBA, BikesBelong, NBDA member


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Old December 28th 04, 11:34 PM
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Bicycling did a comparison of a bike shop Schwinn and a WalMart Schwinn.
Their consensus was the Wal-Schwinn wasn't nearly as nice as a low end LBS
Schwinn, but it was still the best department store bike ever. Caveat
emptor!


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Old December 29th 04, 12:42 AM
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Ron Hardin wrote:
I generally get 6 years before that happens, and the current one
looks to be going strong for more years yet.


I was hoping you would ring in Ron.

The thing about the Huffy I was looking at has knobby tires. The Schwinn
didn't have knobbies.

What do you recommend Ron, knobbies or slicks?

Thanks.
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Old December 29th 04, 01:00 AM
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I recommend slicks for a commute but if you also want to ride a MTB
trail ocassionally get knobbies.

I ride 200 miles a week and I am going to begin my racing career
soon.

I have to go now so I can train.


--
Cyclist14

I am homeschooled and have plenty of time to ride

 




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