Re: debunking myths about walmart bikes
I've bought 4 bikes from Walmart (and returned 2) over the past month or so. First time I've bought a bike that was under $500. Here's my opinion on the subject:
Big selection of under $200 bikes
Many bikes made by big name manufacturers (Huffy / Schwinn / Mongoose)
90 day return policy
Some bikes are actually fairly well made
Bikes are often damaged while left on the floor (here in NC, they often leave bicycles outside for weeks and many will have signs of rust and UV fading).
Some manufacturers offer "empty promisses" instead of actual warrantees (Kent / Genesis)
Many bikes have inferior components
Walmart doesn't repair bicycles nor do they carry most parts needed to repair your bike
I've invested about $150 into my bike so far and the closest bike shop bicycle equivalent I've found costs well over $500. That bike has better rims, spokes and hubs, but I'm not sure those are worth the $350 difference.