A few years ago I bought what might be considered the coolest mountain bike on the face of the earth. Granted, I purchased it from Walmart, and yes, it is a womens bike (apparently there is a difference). But, it only cost me $28. And being a college student, cheep=good.
Overtime, however, my mountain bike has become a death trap.
Brakes have about the same stopping power of me dragging the soul of my right shoe along the ground. Now while they do slow me down, they definitely won’t save my life if a car pulls out in-front of me. Instead, I’ve had to depend upon evasive maneuvers to save me from these possibly fatal collisions.
The Spoke Protector has fallen off, and I have a big rip in the ankle of my jeans to prove it. It hasn’t caught my leg yet, which is good; but then again I still don’t have a scar that I can pass off the ladies as a shark attack story.
The Bike Tires go flat aboutevery two weeks. Luckely, I’ve got one of those cool foot pumps which can consistantly fill a tire with air in roughly 8.43 seconds.
These are just a few examples of the fun I have with my bike, not to mention that the Chain Skips, the Gears Don’t Shift right, and the Kick Stand Doesn’t Work.
The one nice thing about the bike, is that nobody wants to steal it. I’ve left it around campus with without a lock in the hopes that I’ll come back one day and it will be gone. It’s sort of be a practicle joke on any would be “bike theif.” But unfortuanately, I am yet to have anyone succesfully snatch-box my walmart bike.
So after much consideration and contemplation, stolen or not stolen, I’ve decided it’s time to invest in another ride. Not a red-sticker special like my last bike, but a real Walmart bike. You know, the kind that actually works. Maybe.