Re: debunking myths about walmart bikes
Your "average" bicycle is built to be human-propelled by an "average" sized person over an "average" terrain. If your use fits that definition, then most of the bikes sold by Walmart will work. Add a motor, rougher than "average" terrain, and/or weigh more than "average" and your chances of a Walmart (or other "average" vendor's) bike surviving is "maybe". Yes, the overall quality of the "average" bike has gone down over the past decade or two. Yes, the average guy who builds bikes at Walmart knows less than nothing about bicycle mechanics. But face it, most bikes are not made for what we want to do with them, nor should we expect them to. Doesn't mean they're crap, it just means that they may perform poorly when subjected to conditions they weren't designed for.