Dad Buys Kid Walmart Bike

Date May 8, 2015


Is a crappy bike better than no bike? Is there a way to get a decent kids’ bike without breaking the bank?

 

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eric
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eric  - Nov. 14, 2015, 4:16 a.m.

There are decently priced bikes that aren't wal-mart bikes. I work on walmart bikes and make pretty good money doing it. They are shit and people end up dumping more money into them than they are worth. Get what you want for your kid but they probably won't like riding the junk and don't try to make your shop techs feel guilty for charging the same to fix it as they would anybody else.

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farbar
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Farbar  - Nov. 10, 2015, 7:29 a.m.

There's so many things wrong with this video.

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schratboy
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Schratboy  - Nov. 10, 2015, 6:16 a.m.

Oh for phucksake! Billions of people ride bikes that cost well under $100 US dollars. The idea one must spend hundreds…or even thousands on a freaking bike is laughable. Does everyone need a trail-worthy suspension-enable two wheeler? No. Get over yourselves.

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bob-caverly
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Bob Caverly  - Nov. 9, 2015, 6:14 p.m.

Horrible message! This video says you can't be a bike rider unless Daddy spends a boat load of money first! Just WRONG!!!

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dave-verrecchia
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Dave Verrecchia  - Nov. 9, 2015, 4:53 p.m.

Reminds me of my childhood… but mostly the stranger in the woods had candy and took me for rides in his van…

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mattie-davitt
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Mattie Davitt  - Nov. 9, 2015, 9:44 a.m.

I was hoping it was going to be a video of dudes shredding Wally world bikes until they exploded.

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dm
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d.m.  - Nov. 8, 2015, 10:36 a.m.

Anything you buy at Walmart-other than bananas-is going to break fast! But there are lots of good used "real" bikes out there for kids these days.

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john-kelley
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John Kelley  - Nov. 8, 2015, 11:03 a.m.

I've always thought bananas are good for breakfast.

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older
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older  - May 9, 2015, 10:59 p.m.

Cute.! I have to say realistically, my kids will start on bmx. When they know how to manual, ollie, and nollie , if they still want a trail bike then they can have one.

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john
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John  - May 8, 2015, 11:25 p.m.

It's obviously not the bike, it's the rider. His dad has a lot more experience and he is just a kid who is still learning how to ride those trails. - Long- time free rider.

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bojangles
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bojangles  - May 9, 2015, 1:28 a.m.

You didn't watch the whole video did you?

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gg
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gg  - May 9, 2015, 1:22 p.m.

Yeah as long as the bike fits and the brakes work why not a budget brand?
Slap on some good Kool stops and some better rubber and then teach some skills!
You're setting yourself up for late retirement & unreasonable expectations dropping $2K CAD.
Actually it's right on with marketing hype of say a $7K carbon high school graduation gift…
Just saw Trek has a new Richie Rich kids line FS yattering the 26″ offering as … gggroannn …

On wheel size, Trek says, “26-inch wheels provide the same benefit to your kid that 29-inch wheels provide adults, faster rolling, better traction, and more stability.”
(Translation --> buy the next wheel size up from 24 !!! Duh.)

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michael-knudson
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Michael Knudson  - May 8, 2015, 3:36 p.m.

the kid rode better than me even when on the Walmart bike.

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sridout
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sridout  - May 8, 2015, 2:43 p.m.

My girls are 14 and 11. When they where younger I had a bugger of a time finding good bikes. Kona seemed to get it that breeders who rode nice Mountain bikes wanted their kids on nice bikes. Both girls had Kona Kula 24's. Now the rest of the bike makers seem to get it and are producing some great kids bikes. Luckily my kids are big enough now that I can purcase small 26ers and there is a good used market out there.

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andrewbikeguide
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AndrewR  - May 8, 2015, 2:20 p.m.

Teaching the kid how to brake properly would be a cheaper first step.

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jonathan-hemming
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Jonathan Hemming  - May 8, 2015, 11:47 a.m.

Yep, Walmart bikes suck, but as kids grow so fast, they'd need a new bike every 2-3 years! I had to wait until I was fully grown so I knew it would last me.

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will-scheel
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Will Scheel  - May 8, 2015, 10:23 a.m.

My only question. Where was this filmed? Want to ride there.
That kid is pretty rad and while I agree that walmart bikes suck, it did look like there was a bit of infomercial difficulty there.

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west-smith
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West Smith  - May 8, 2015, 5:55 p.m.

Duthie Hill MTB park, Sammamish Wa.!

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threevolve
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threevolve  - Nov. 9, 2015, 7:11 a.m.

Well, it was an ad for Transition, so..

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zach-carman
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Zach Carman  - May 8, 2015, 10:22 a.m.

Apparently no you cannot get a decent bike without breaking the bank lol. Nice thought but at 1700 is a kid supposed to be working to afford this?

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kaz-yamamura
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Kaz Yamamura  - May 8, 2015, 11:03 a.m.

I'm pretty sure these are aimed for the parent(s) to purchase…

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jdzz
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jdzz  - May 8, 2015, 3:06 p.m.

$1700 is still a lot of money either way

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threevolve
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threevolve  - Nov. 9, 2015, 7:08 a.m.

If my kid could shred like that? I'd fuckin buy him any bike he wanted.

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