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Utility bikes now at Walmart: $110+tax

Posted by Adam Bee on September 20, 2009

Have you ever wondered to yourself:  Why are useful bikes so expensive?  How is the human transport movement going to catch on if the only cheap bikes are crappy 60-pound dual-suspension 27-speeds?

I, for one, have had this persistent dream that Walmart would carry a cheap steel Chinese utility bike.

I’m thinking 26″ wheels, huge tires, enclosed singlespeed drive, coaster brakes, rear rack, front basket, fenders, spring saddle, kickstand.

Turns out they do now! Huffy 26″ Men’s Nel Lusso Cruiser.

Unfortunately they’re only available online, although they ship it free to stores. This one is, though, for $130 plus tax: Schwinn Men’s 26 Delmar Cruiser.

Of course the bearings will be maladjusted and the sizing sketchy, so everyone’s first shot should obviously be The Avenue Bicycle Station.  But for those Americans unlucky enough to not have a used bike specialist like The Avenue in town, it’s encouraging to see Walmart branching out to this new market.  I hope they make a ton of cash, and push prices even lower in years to come!

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3 Responses to “Utility bikes now at Walmart: $110+tax”

  1. In addation to selling used bikes starting at 30 dollars we also carry new Bicycles. KHS,Schwinn(not the walmart type), Mongoose and GT bicycles. If you happen to buy a retail bike from Walmart, Target or Meijer please bring it in to get a $19.99 general check over. Most of the retail bikes get a poor assembly and have problems from the start, we go through the bike and make sure it is safe and everything works correctly, and remember its not what you ride, its that you do ride.

    Scott Kelsey
    The Avenue Bicycle Station
    2716 Mishawaka Ave.
    South Bend, In
    46615
    855.BIKE(2453)
    or check us out on the web at..
    http://www.theavenuebicyclestation.com

  2. Yes along with used bikes starting at 30 dollars, we also sell new KHS, Schwinn,(not the walmart type) Mongoose and GT bicycles. If you do purchase a retail bicycle you should bring it in for a $19.99 gereral check over, The retail bikes do not get a good assembly from the start so we go through the bike and make sure it is working correctly and everything is lubed and tight. Give us a call at 855.BIKE(2453) or check us out on the web at http://www.theavenuebicyclestation.com.

  3. Adam Bee said

    Wow! $30 is an outstanding deal for any bike in working condition! I am definitely going to send along everyone I meet who just needs a ride for around town or campus.

    $110 for a Walmart bike really seems like a total ripoff compared to a bike that has actually been put together by someone who knows what he’s doing. Fantastic stuff! If every town in America had a place like The Avenue, we’d be much better off as a country.

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