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Went to the 'Mart yesterday and felt like a good laugh so I went to the bike section. There it was, what Walmart called a "fixie". Single speed, skinny-ish tires, narrow mountain bike type riser bars. And brakes. Now, when I think of a fixed gear bike I think of those bare bones bikes that don't even have brakes but I could see how someone might put brakes on a fixed gear bike that is being sold at a big box store. So I checked the bike out and it had a freewheeling rear gear. So basically it was a single speed bike not unlike any other single speed bike except it was a spiffy red and yellow and had the word "Fixie" emblazoned on it. I of course forgot to take a picture of it but I am sure these things can be found at any Walmart. Just had to share...
 

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I saw one of those, too. I assumed the brakes were there for liability reasons, it didn't occur to me to check to see if it were actually fixed gear.
 

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website says it's got a flip flop hub, so depending on how it was built, you may see it as a fixie or a SS. and it is a law that bicycles must be sold with brakes. not sure how track bikes apply to that law, but at least with regards to bicycles ridden in traffic, they need a brake.

I've long thought that walmart would be best off selling cruisers and other rigid SS's because there's fewer parts for them to cheap out on, and the bikes will actually wind up better quality overall. people who buy bikes there just need something with wheels and pedals. they don't need suspension and derailleurs and other cheap crap that requires precision adjustments.

and I see people buying those cruisers and stuff from walmart...and actually riding them.
 

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Wasn't posting to bash Walmart in general, just posting about the oddball bike. I don't really have that much against Walmart, it serves a purpose like any other store as long as you understand what you get when you dole out the green.

I never new something like this flip-flop hub existed. I'm sure there is a compelling reason why a person would want to be able to go from fixed to freewheel on one bike but I can't figure out what that reason could be.
 

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Sorebuttbiker;8523360 I never new something like this flip-flop hub existed. I'm sure there is a compelling reason why a person would want to be able to go from fixed to freewheel on one bike but I can't figure out what that reason could be.[/QUOTE said:
you might change if you go from commuting to touring, if you go from a hilly route to a flat route, if you want a different gear ratio, or if you simply want to change it up from a fixie to a simple SS.
 

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700c Men's Schwinn Varsity Flat-Bar Road Bike - Walmart.com

^I'm actually trying to make my neighbor buy this bike. I cant talk him into real bikes. :madman:
And I looked it over in the store. it doesn't seem to be a deathtrap. and the frame actually fits him well...

The way I see it... is we get him on this bike. then as the parts break... we replace them with GOOD stuff.... till all thats left is the frame...

then we sneak a real frame in there too. and before he knows it, he's riding something fully legit.
 

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33 pounds. That's a heavy "fixie"!

Wal-Mart is great for a lot of things. They have the best prices on food, consumables, household goods, ammo. Just stay away from the bikes, furniture and tools. Also never buy a Wal-Mart tent unless you plan on only camping in perfect weather.
 

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you know.....i almost like how that looks! (the "fixie)

also, if i lived in a city where i commuted, i probably would buy a walmart beater. i dont need my good stuff being stolen.
 

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^I'm actually trying to make my neighbor buy this bike. I cant talk him into real bikes. :madman:
And I looked it over in the store. it doesn't seem to be a deathtrap. and the frame actually fits him well...

The way I see it... is we get him on this bike. then as the parts break... we replace them with GOOD stuff.... till all thats left is the frame...

then we sneak a real frame in there too. and before he knows it, he's riding something fully legit.[/QUOTE]

I like this idea. My buddy wanted to get into riding, and I did everything I could to get him into at least a $500 specialized. Nope. He got a Wal Mart Mongoose full suspension for a buck ninety nine. Turned the wheels into squares and broke his derailer in the first 2 miles. At least I got a laugh as his rearward pointing kick stand dragged on the ground when he would bottom out his shock. He learned the hard way that Wal Mart is for ammo, cheap t-shirts, and frozen pizza. Leave the bike buying to a bike shop.
 
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