A little shameless copyright infringement here. Whether or not you
like their stance on skid-lids ... we have to applaud this, no?
Cheap bikes are not bargains
Wal-Mart and Toys R Us sell plenty of bikes from brands such as
Huffy, Mongoose, Roadmaster, and Schwinn for $100 to $200. They seem
like good deals, so why would we advise you to spend $300 or more for
a bike in the Ratings?
Because you get what you pay for. Mass-market bikes have cheaper
construction than higher-priced bikes and can weigh 7 or 8 pounds
more. They come in only one size, so you're not likely to get a great
fit. And mass merchants can't match bike shops for quality of
assembly, expert advice, and service.
***s should consider cheaper bikes from a department store only for
the most casual use, and stick with a front-suspension model, which is
likely to be better than a cheap full-suspension bike. You may want a
mass-market bike for kids who will outgrow a bike quickly or toss it
Still, if your budget allows, we'd recommend that you buy one of the
$300 comfort bikes in the Ratings. You'll get a lot more bike for the