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Don't get me wrong, you can buy excellent value quality bikes online and some bike shops can rip you off. It is a means of transportation, a complex piece of machinery that has evolved over a hundred years.
But you cannot buy a new bike of any quality for silly money. Today there are many types of bikes to suit all users and all purposes.
Having already spent money on the bike he was reluctant to write it off.
It was hard to believe it was only a year old; rust spots were plentiful and spreading, cheap chrome plating was peeling away in places, the poor quality suspension forks dead - it was a sorry state. After taking it back he said with a rueful expression - "I thought I was getting a bargain originally, but for what I've now spent I could have got a decent bike to start with".
Enabling the savings to be passed directly on to us, the consumer. I don't take it out in all weathers, bounce it around, use it to transport me and other goods, leave it locked up in various locations and expect it to stop in a hurry if a washing machine suddenly pulls out in front of me.
Through savings achieved from modern manufacturing methods? The resulting bike is good for nothing and can be a dangerous death trap.A basic geared bike with no accessories consists of over a thousand pieces.As well as the frame and forks amongst the parts going into our bike are the stem, handlebars, wheels, tyres, inner tubes, rim tapes, brake levers, shifters, grips, cables, headset, bottom bracket, chainset, cranks, pedals, sprockets, derailleurs (front and rear), chain, brake arms and springs, brake pads, saddle, seat post (and clamp) and more.A harsh lesson, but further proof that you really do get what you pay for. You can get fixed frame bikes with a suspension fork known as 'hardtails' or bikes with both suspension forks and a variety of methods of having suspension in the frame known as 'full suspension' bikes or 'full-sussers'.
Now I can just hear the cynics out there thinking that I'm some sort of bike part purist. The Mountain Bike came along in the 1980s and in many ways revolutionised cycling.He answered and wheeled out this 'bike' - it was stunningly bad, a brand new cheap suspension bike.It was possibly the heaviest clunkiest, badly built bike I'd ever seen.If the wheel doesn't run true the brakes can't work effectively and the bike won't ride well.