Originally Posted by ridemybikebro
I may end up with a wally-world cruiser because they are so inexpensive and I have been wrenching on bikes for awhile and I can fix dang near anything on it.
Speaking as someone who just spend five hours doing what should have been an hour-and-a-half tuneup on an execrable Pacific brand department store bike, and as someone who deals with both abominable and excellent bikes regularly-- don't do that. If you want to set up and ride your bike instead of working on bike parts that were knackered when new and basically unfixable, use a decent bike shop quality bike. You won't regret it.
A decent quality twenty-year-old bike that was "rode hard and put up wet" is still usually a better choice than a brand new department store bike. The difference is that one was made for riding, and the other was made for selling.