Originally Posted by ProDigit
I don't know if you've ever looked at the bikes they sell in WM. The frames may be out of aluminum, but esp. the beach cruisers have gigantic tubes in their frames.......And even the rims, though being steel in europe, bent when hitting the sidewalk (due to the thin profile tires).
Plenty of WM bikes that have such big tires, that unless you're having a flat, you won't ever bend the rim!
I honestly believe that esp. the beach cruisers are more than capable of maintaining the 30MPH speeds. I used to ride a couple of bikes in my home country in europe for over 13 years, and all of them lasted at least 7 years! The last one I had was from china too; a city bike (mountain bike equipped with lights, reflectors, mud guards, luggage rack etc...). That bike retired with the final gear rear sprocket completely worn after 4 years; but is still in use by someone else riding in second to final gear.
(and did I tell you it was chinese, and had thinner frame than the beach cruisers in WM?)
Ow, and about the rambling apart, tell me exactly what there is on a bike (like a beach cruisers, or a Mountain bike fwiw) that can ramble apart?
Because as far as I see it, there's really not many things that can ramble apart!
Overheating wheel axis? Come on, that's a joke!
I've never in my life seen a wheel overheat, especially not the aluminum ones.
Cracked frames, well, perhaps people running a 56T sprocket will have more problems with that due to aggressive acceleration..., or aggressive zig-zagging at high speeds. But take care for your bike, and it'll last. It's good enough to sustain itself in emergencies, but don't make every brake or acceleration an emergency, because then indeed, your bike may not last very long...
I don't know, I think you don't agree with me, but that does not necessarily make my opinions or statements incorrect.
OK, for now we can agree to disagree, when you gain more experience with a MOTORIZED bicycle you are free to change/adjust your opinion! As I said before, the quality of the metal and WELDS on these bikes are poor, and fail DUE TO VIBRATIONS caused by the MOTOR and excessive stress put on them by the extra weight and speed that is attained when the MOTOR is added. The bearings are another area of failure, and the rims take a pounding no matter how thick the tires are because of the SPEED you travel with the MOTOR on the bike.
If you haven't gotten what I am trying to tell you, a MOTORIZED bike has to be a lot more solid than a bike you plan on pedaling, specially if you plan to push the bike into the 40MPH range, which is above the average speed attained by a kit bike.
You're not the first one who has come to this forum thrilled to find such cheap and "capable" bikes at Walmart. I have seen others do the same and in a matter of months post back that they are scrapping their bike and starting on a second build with a better bike. So have at it, I wish you success, and I also wish if and when your bike has a failure you do not injure yourself....