So a few days ago /n/ told me not to buy this bike; the Access Raptor
They said it was a piece of shit and that I shouldn't be a Poorfag
Well I bought it today and rode it for a few hours. And I've come to the conclusion that you guys were wrong. This bike is good and I am satisfied with my purchase.
You guys need to grow up, you're worse than the AR gucci fags on /k/
Its going to rust like a motherfucker, its heavy as fuck and those forks are for show they dont work well enough to be useful. Go to a bike shop and test ride a good bike and you will know what you have done.
Those forks are steel, the rear mech is steel the cables are steel basically every moving part is steel, they wont be moving at all after it gets wet at all, keep that in a shed its going to die fast.
Hence, Just wait for it
Go ahead and ride the bike, OP. If you actually get to the point where you ride it long and hard enough to have it get in the way of your riding, you will know.
Just don't let your experience with this bike color your perception of what bicycles have to offer as machines. Higher end bikes are lighter, more durable, more reliable and more convenient to operate and maintain.
Well that explains the stupidity atleast, enjoy the missery when that thing fucks you up
I honestly don't see how that bike will fail? Rust? I can't see that happening at some point.
But what other problems can I arise? A flat tire is unavoidable.
But I honestly don't see this bike ever failing some catastrophic damage, unless I get hit by a car.
>Aluminum doesn't rust
Technically no since rust is an oxide of iron but aluminum can oxidate just as catastrophically, especially when road salt is involved.
Some common issues with department-store bikes I've seen:
---the bottom bracket spindle bearings (loose bearings) runs on races cut into the spindle itself. And they aren't sealed well, and they are cheap metal and don't last long. So when you begin to hear and feel crunchy-ness when you push on the pedals hard, that means you have to replace the whole bottom-bracket spindle and bearings.
---wheel bearings are often very cheap. It is common for the rear wheel bearings to fail relatively quickly (within a few months of regular use). Sometimes the wheel hubs are built the same way as the bottom bracket above--with bearing races cut right into the hub body,,, so then you basically have to buy a whole new wheel. It's cheaper than just replacing the hub.
---very cheap spokes tensioned very unevenly. The wheels won't stay trued and adjusting them true once they go crooked may be difficult.
---no seal on the bottom-end headset bearings. (usually these are very cheap loose ball bearings, with no way to seal them at all) If there is no fender then when you ride in the rain, water gets thrown up into the lower headset bearing and quickly ruins it.
---cheap-ass suspension forks: these have no fluid dampening, just a friction-fit bushing or two. Once that wears out, the forks will spring up and down all the time as you ride. And prolly sqeak, too. And usually there is no way to buy any replacement parts at all, even if you wanted to fix it.
That's pretty much the main issues.
hey op it all depends on what kind of use you are going to give the bike. if you are going to use it for short commutes and stuff like that it will be ok for a while. yeah you will prob need to replace some stuff after a year etc..again im talking about casual riding. but if you're gonna put 500 or more miles a month then it will fuck up fastly. also if you like to go as fast as you can and raise your endurance level, these kind of bikes will be more disapointingm cause they are heavy, shifting aint gonna be smooth, etc, etc.
so in short. if youre gonna ride relaxed and near, its gonna work. if you want to get serious with riding,use it as a test bike...test yourself, etc, etc.. and when it goes to hell just buy a better bike.. cause.. when you ride more seriously.. it means that you spend more time on the bike, over 10 hours a week for example, and in those cases you really start to apreciate certain things that when riding casualy can seem like details.
now just have fun and ignore the internets.
Come back in 6 months and tell us again how you feel about your money down the drain when the thing starts shifting shitty and/or generally falling apart. Chances are it'll last you longer than that before it really starts showing it's low quality, someone who would throw their money away on a cheap piece of crap department store bike isn't likely to ride very often, very far, or very fast anyway. You would have been better off buying a used brand-name bike off Craigslist for the same money.
>hoarding explicit gay porn in order to insult people by saying they are gay
Some day you'll figure yourself out, closetbro. I hope you don't turn out like my coworker who flipped out and turned on his wife and went full flaming homosexual in his 40s.
Dear god, OP isn't planning to take this thing out on trails, are they? Pictured bike would be an almost acceptable poorfag commuter bike if you don't expect it to last much more than a year or two, but it's going to get DESTROYED offroad...
>this whole thread
Saw this fucking thread the other day and thought it would die but you cheeky coons keep bumping it without a sage.
Op your bike is shit and you should stop sticking up for it. Yes it is an object modeled after a bike. Yes it can go forward when you pedal it. But you could have done alot better with a used bike from craigslist. Nobody here really cares that you bought a department store bike. You're just another "savvy shopper" that thinks he found a good deal on a bike but in the long run it would be better to get used and learn how to fix and upgrade shit yourself.
>hating on used bikes
What in the fuck? Why would you necessarily want to waste more money in order to get the same end result?
If you're going to start talking about not knowing what to check on a bicycle to make sure it's in working order before putting it into use, buying a bike from Walmart is just as dangerous as buying used.
Sure, you'll have someone to blame and sue when things go south, but that way of dealing with things has never really worked outside the US.
>got some carbon wheels
>bretty gud aluminium frame
>dura ace everywhere
>take my bike to cruise around
>get lost in the middle of nowhere
>the day after see my neighbour commuting on his walmartbike
>rust and dirt everywhere
>squeeks like hell
>wheels are slightly bent
>see him riding the same bike with the same configuration without any change since 7 years
and there i go, buying my new dura ace chain for 50 bucks
your chainrings (and therefore shitty riveted together crankset) will wear out fast, derailleurs and brakes will develop play and stop working properly, the forks will start sticking, the tyres will go bald
basically you'll just end up spending the money you could have spent on a nice bike on replacing the shitty parts
>I don't know anything about bikes and therefore have no basis on which to make informed comparisons ore evaluations
>My first impressions of this cheap piece of shit are that it is really fantastic
>Ha! /n/ BTFO
It looks perfectly fine OP. Just be sure to maintain it and it will be OK. Like any bike, it will go to shit if left out in the rain. I recommend buying a spraycan of silicone lube and using that liberally but keep it well away from the wheels and brakes. But frame, cables etc polish it up with silicone lube. Get chain lube for the chain.
I guess this video is related to the topic.
Also: OP, just keep good care of the bike and it'll probably last under tame use. Bicycles are super simple machines and a cheap bike can work too. I am actually interested to buy some BSO and see how they work when riden a lot. But as an environmentalist I'd buy it second hand.
You know what, I've seen more than a few roadies with broken chains out on the road. I've been mountain biking and all-weather commuting and have never once ever broken a chain, ever. Although I do carry a link when I'm on a multi-day.
My theory is that mountainbikers wear, break and bend things often enough that the community as a whole is pretty good at installing and repairing stuff.
Or they stop riding.
Where as some roadies perpetually keep fuck up simple things like getting the chainpin in right, or setting front derailleur height.
What I don't get is that for the money he could have spent $50-100 more and bought a Trek 820 that comes with a real warranty, real product support, and decent entry level components that will last with even a tiny amount of TLC.
People are weird. My coworker wants to buy a bike for his GF, he is fixated on buying new, and no more than $300. I'm like dude, just a little more and you can buy her a real bike, but he's like fuck that. He'd rather have the latest 80" television.
>Implying that Trek's fork isn't gimmick pogo stick that will rust, seize and get thrown away
But yeah. That bike looks familiar with my old Trek 4300 that I had for like ten years and tens of thousands kilometers before I sold it to a friend of mine. But I had to change most of the moving parts. Same problem than with other cheap bikes: middle chainring is worn and skips -> have to change the whole crankset and bb while doing it. But it was a nice bike.
What I don't get is that how could those BSOs be much worse? Intended use for those is to ride few kilometers in slow pace. But who am I to say about it. I've never owned a real BSO. Maybe they are entirely made of soft metals and will explode after couple of hundread miles.
>i rode this department store bike for 2 hours and its fine, you are all full of shit /n/
Actually, aluminium rusts instantly, forming a massively strong barrier between the elements and the base metal. That's what makes it a popular choice for aeroplanes, bicycles and soda cans.
> 6/7 speed rear derailleur lower than tourney
> no-name triple crank
> grip shift
> 29er with v-brakes
> coil spring no-lockout no-preload cheaper-than-suntour turd fork
Dude, you bought a Wal-Mart-tier BSO. You need to either swallow your pride and admit you're a poorfag, or return it and get a real bike.