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Wal- Mart Adventures

Saturday, July 21, 2012

To go along with today's status:

PILOTJESS is going to attempt to get to Wal-Mart today (to buy a bicycle). You wounldn't think it would require this much planning.

I feel this requires some explanation. I'm sitting on reserve in Cali. in a 2 bedroom apartment that I share with 11 other people. That's the only way to make it affordable when I'm on first year pay. I don't have a car out here, so getting around is strictly public transit and foot power. I'd like to expand my horizons, not to mention be able to get to a better grocery store than Walgreens, and I think the most economical way to do that will be a bicycle.

I went to the nearby bike shop, and they were helpful, friendly, and had financing options. I still had sticker shock. $600? Seriously? What does that bike have that I can't get on one from Wal-Mart/Target? Why do I need financing options? That kinda scares me.

Soooo, the nearest Wal-Mart is technically across the bay, but that's had to get across without a car, so the next nearest is 20 miles away, but it's at least just of the train line. I've checked the train schedule. The station isn't far, and they'll let me take the bike back on the train when it's time.

It's not the only reason I'm going. I need some new socks and yoga pants for out here, and I've always found what I like at Wal-Mart. Oh, and the bike will need accessories, a lock, a new helmet....

I know it's healthier, but my little suburbanite heart is weeping for the lack of car.

And if I don't find a bicycle I like, then I guess it's back to financing.
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ANNIESADVENTURE 9/19/2012 9:26AM

    How wonderful that it worked out for you, and you have your bike now. Good exercise, and it allows you to get farther away from the apartment. Interesting blog and comments.

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2HAMSDIET 7/22/2012 6:43AM

    try craigslist... my son buy tons of things on there. emoticon

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PILOTJESS 7/21/2012 11:47PM

    So, I ended up buying one for about $120. They had some for $88, but I didn't like the way they rode, so I thought the extra $30 was worth it. It's a cruiser. Now that I am older, I prefer to sit up a little more. Perhaps someday I'll need something a bit more serious, but for now, this will get me a little farther away from the apartment, and let me do some riding on the local (paved) trails.

Good cross training for the 1/2 marathon!

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TISTEN23 7/21/2012 11:12PM

    I dont think there is anything wrong with a walmart bike!!! Thats where I got mine!!! Forget financing a bike.....kinda ridiculous!!! LOL Good luck with it!!!

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SYZYGY922 7/21/2012 7:32PM

    I have a bike that I luckily got for free from a friend who didn't want it anymore. Now I just need to get over my fear of getting killed while riding it.

There's a bike trail near my apartment, but it runs RIGHT along the freeway (including an overpass!), and I'm a Nervous Nelly. I know I'm silly, but it's kind of bumpy and I never see anyone ride bikes on it!

Good luck in your bike search!

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FLAMENM 7/21/2012 7:31PM

    The difference in bikes has to do with the quality of components. And how often you want to ride. And on what surfaces.

For most people, a department store (Target, WalMart) bike is fine. I broke my bike from Target - the rims couldn't handle the trail riding I do and the derailer fell apart. The nice high end mountian bike my husband dreams about is about $10k. He's going to keep dreaming on that one...

Happy bike shopping!

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PILOTJESS 7/21/2012 4:42PM

    I need to add that the $600 was at the semi-low end. There were the bikes for the 'serious' folks, that cost more than my car. I like cycling, but at some point, I just don't get it.

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SAMI199 7/21/2012 3:52PM

    emoticon emoticon

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OBIESMOM2 7/21/2012 3:48PM

    I ride my bike all the time. DH bought it at Target. It's done very well for me.
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NATPLUMMER 7/21/2012 3:02PM

    Good luck!!

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LISALEIGH103 7/21/2012 1:04PM

    i just browsed bikes at my local walmart i was surprised they had some really gr8 bikes ranging from 89 to 125 dollars i have added one to my wish list enjoy the trip u deserve the reward for your hard work

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