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Every year Susan Veal buys a bike at Walmart like this for $80.00 plus $15.00 for the basket. Rides it for 2 weeks and leaves it behind with a note on it that says, "free."
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Hey, that's a great idea if you're vacationing somewhere. In spite of my having a general aversion to walmart bikes, if someone else gets use out of it, that's a good thing. The risk could be whether or not it was assembled correctly.
 
that beach cruiser probably isn't a whole heap different than a LBS cruiser, but yes - assembly is always suspect.

much harder to screw up coaster brake and bolt hubs than something with gears
 
Rentals cost 35 a day and there was a free bike share, but only for Interactive.
 
I think Susan Veal is an awesome human being.
 
She is and especially when shot in front of a liquor store in the sleazy part of town.
 
I'll bet it wouldn't be too hard to see that the bike ended up at a homeless shelter or somewhere that it would get good use.
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Nice gesture. What does she ride the other 50 weeks of the year?
 
That bike costs only 80 USD? I hate living in Brazil.
 
The photo us from Austin, Texas and shot during SXSW.
 
I am desperately looking at that lady's brake assembly - as in I can't find any. Still a nice gesture. In the hand of the right person, any bike is a gift, even if it is clearly not my choice.
 
Looks like the front brake was removed or never connected, although the brake lever is there.

Looks like the Schwinn Claremont - $165 from walmart.com http://www.walmart.com/ip/Schwinn-Clairmont-26-Ladies-Cruiser-Bike/15711184
 
+Richard Masoner feel free to pick this story up, I need to take a nap. In fact, I'd appreciate it. Tired after SXSW.
 
+Richard Masoner you certainly picked the bike right, as well as the completely missing front brake assembly. ("Women's cruiser bicycle requires no assembly", Walmart says...) Is it standard in the US to sell a bike without lighting? Such a bike would be illegal to ride on public roads over here.
 
Very few bike are sold in the U.S. w/ lights. The vast majority are sold for fair weather daytime use.

US Federal rules for new bikes include requirements for rear brake; and reflectors on front, rear, wheels and pedals (if the bike comes w/ pedals)
 
+Thomas Arbs: Getting a bike in the US or Canada is a very strange experience; it seems even for utility bikes, things like kick stands, fenders and lights are options, not standard. It's like manufacturers think the only people who buy bicycles in North America buy 'em for the beach or the velodrome, regardless of form factor.
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