Re: 0.0 Is this a CRACK?!
Going back to the first post of this thread and examining the photo the OP provided, I find it hard to believe that he has a steel frame. That looks like an aluminum weld to me.
Heliarc has a destinctive look to it and I say it's aluminum. I want to see a magnet stuck to it.
As far as "cheap bikes", "Department store junk"...I had the opportunity to closely inspect the frame of a $700.00 Felt Cruiser and realized that in every detail it was identical to one of my "cheap" Target Schwinns that sold for $150.00. I questioned the bike shop employee who was trying to sell me the Felt and told him the frame was the same. He finally agreed with me and said, "Yes, the frame is the identical frame on the Target Schwinn but everything else, bearings, brakes, rims, crankset, is upgraded which explained the difference in price. Now, you decide what you want to pay for a bike if frame integrity is your only issue.
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