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West is the Best

Look Ma, No Hands!
I thought it was kind of interesting the kinds of bicycles that are being marketed in our "department stores" these days. I took this picture in my local Walmart...
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Oilit

I live for the CABE
We've got the cell phone rent-a-bikes all over downtown Charlotte now, just in the last six months. They're ugly and people leave them everywhere, like litter. The only advantage I can see is they're a private venture, so the city didn't have to put up any money. At least, I hope the city didn't put up any money....
 

49autocycledeluxe

I live for the CABE
I went to WalMart shopping for rims and tires for a bike that does not need anything vintage or correct. they need to sell some bikes with aluminum rims painted crème with red pinstripes. these bikes are cheaper than a set of cheap wheels by themselves... lots of odd colors and few in just aluminum.
 

dnc1

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
We've got the cell phone rent-a-bikes all over downtown Charlotte now, just in the last six months. They're ugly and people leave them everywhere, like litter. The only advantage I can see is they're a private venture, so the city didn't have to put up any money. At least, I hope the city didn't put up any money....
We are having very similar problems over here in Oxford.
Three different operators with their own machines, left wherever you like. They've even been left on the roof of a bus stop!
 

Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
We've got the cell phone rent-a-bikes all over downtown Charlotte now, just in the last six months. They're ugly and people leave them everywhere, like litter. The only advantage I can see is they're a private venture, so the city didn't have to put up any money. At least, I hope the city didn't put up any money....
They have 'em in Davidson too. Silver with orange 'mags'. pretty dang ugly if you ask me!
 

Hammer

Finally riding a big boys bike
I really would like to find another Walmart Stingray, I know I know it's not a real Schwinn, but I got it brand new for $55 a green one and my nephew and nieces rode the tires off of it and I sold it a few years later for $150, and didnt even feel too bad.
 

Oilit

I live for the CABE
We are having very similar problems over here in Oxford.
Three different operators with their own machines, left wherever you like. They've even been left on the roof of a bus stop!
I saw a report on T.V. that the problem has gotten so bad in China that some cities are impounding these bikes and the companies are trying to find a way to "penalize" people who leave them in "improper" areas.
 

Saving Tempest

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
I think the Chinese are trying but they can't control anything much better than Trump can. How can you lord over the every move and detail of well over 1 billion people when you can't even keep bike shares from working (and they don't work).
 

the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Went to Target with the wife. While she was doing her thing I went and looked at the bikes. Big mistake.... They had a couple with the Schwinn logo on the head tube. What a hunk of junk. I wondered if the people buying these bikes actually think they are getting a Schwinn? I also thought to myself," I wonder how many people say to themselves while looking at the Target cruisers, "Gee , an old 50's bike, I'd like to get one of them." Later last week an antique shop right down the street from me called Antique & Chic had a big outdoor sale The wife knows I like antique places and suggested I to go into the new place with her. I told her ," NO. That would be the day, I went into any place named 'Antique & Chic." I'd rather spend an afternoon in Target, eating Target pizza and watching her buy burkas.
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Anyway, there were crowds of people at this new antique place.It's in an old building from the 1800's. They got all kinds of old crap outside... that I would throw out. What do you think they used as part of their sign on the front sidewalk? You guessed it, a new Walmart or Target cruiser bike! An antique store can't even have an honest to goodness old bike out in front of their place. I suppose the idiots think it's old....
Antique & Chic of Winfield Illinois.......Ugh, Don't go there!
 
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bairdco

I live for the CABE
i'm an assembler for Walmarts and I build those bikes every day. A lot of stores have me set up inside the garden centers and I've made it a policy to not give customers my opinion on the bikes.

And yes, people think Schwinn is still a reputable name and that the quality is better than the other brands walmart offers. Same goes for Huffy, which is funny, because Huffy hasn't made a quality bike since, well, since they changed the name to Huffy.
 

Saving Tempest

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Went to Target with the wife. While she was doing her thing I went and looked at the bikes. Big mistake.... They had a couple with the Schwinn logo on the head tube. What a hunk of junk. I wondered if the people buying these bikes actually think they are getting a Schwinn? I also thought to myself," I wonder how many people say to themselves while looking at the Target cruisers, "Gee , an old 50's bike, I'd like to get one of them." Later last week an antique shop right down the street from me called Antique & Chic had a big outdoor sale The wife knows I like antique places and suggested I to go into the new place with her. I told her ," NO. That would be the day, I went into any place named 'Antique & Chic." I'd rather spend an afternoon in Target, eating Target pizza and watching her buy burkas.View attachment 805897
Anyway, there were crowds of people at this new antique place.It's in an old building from the 1800's. They got all kinds of old crap outside... that I would throw out. What do you think they used as part of their sign on the front sidewalk? You guessed it, a new Walmart or Target cruiser bike! An antique store can't even have an honest to goodness old bike out in front of their place. I suppose the idiots think it's old....
Antique & Chic of Winfield Illinois.......Ugh, Don't go there!

You don't want to waste a GOOD bike for a sign...
 
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