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    spudd4242

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    Hey all, a buddy of mine recently got a bike.. i don't have the money to buy a nice bike or any of that jazz.. just wondering if anyone has any insight on a brand that walmart sells called the genesis two nine.

    200 bucks is right in my price range for something i can go ride a paved trail with him.

    Just looking for any reviews or suggestions.
     
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    CMfromIL

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    Just be careful. Bought my daughter a bike there a couple of times. Last time was the last.

    In the never ending quest to lower cost, they use the worst parts possible. The breaking point came as I watched her trying to stop on the driveway. Instead of using soft rubber grips on the brakes, they had used a very inexpenisve plastic compound for the brakes.

    They didn't grip worth a crap on the rims, and stopping power was terrible.

    I haven't allowed her to ride it again, until I can get some real brakes on it.:twisted:
     
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    arod

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    I just recently started biking. I too had a low budget. If you are looking for a mountain bike I got a roadmaster pikes peak edition bike. It was 89.99, has front suspension, shimano shifters, 18 speed. its a nice bike but I suggest changing the seat out for something more comfortable.
     
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    CdnInAz

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    check your local Costco - they have better quality bikes for not much more money
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions so far.. i used to ride all the time as a kid.. and i'm looking to get back into it for some exercise with a buddy which is always easier..
     
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    Before you spend your 200.00 at walmart.. Shop a couple of the bike stores first. Let them help advise you on what to look for etc. Get a few price quotes ,research models on line. And do not overlook thier used bikes. Nothing wrong with a used tuned up bike.

    There is a huge difference of comfort and use beyond the 89.00 walmart adult bike.
     
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    yocan

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    craigslist look on there for a few days I bet you can get a better set up for 200 bucks.
     
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    I bought an el-cheapo (~$200) from Academy a few years back.

    It was.... decent. Brakes were not tight, gears not smooth, seat sucked....

    I think you might be better off hitting up some pawn shops for something better. A Walmart bike will give you what you need today, but probably not tomorrow.
     
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    the craigslist suggestion was on the money,only checkout a couple of websites that review bikes.I did this and after using the reviews for the bikes listed,I picked up 3 300-400 dollar good-quality mountain bikes for me and the boys for 75-100 each.
     
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    arod

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    Yea I forgot to add I should have listen to my friends and went to a bike shop first, but I didnt think I would stick with it.

    Now I want to get a better bike. On the other hand I am kinda cheap and the only complaint about my bike is the seat. I will be looking for a higher quality bike soon.
     

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