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Thursday, April 8, 2010

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Posted by Sarah Mirk on Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 2:01 PM

WalMarts fixed speed Mongoose
  • WalMart's "fixed speed" Mongoose
Cry your eyes out, fixsters. Fixed gears have gone worse than mainstream. They've gone to WalMart. Tipster Amanda G. sent along a Treehugger article about the recent arrival of fixies on WalMart shelves.

The $149 Mongoose is not actually a fixed gear, but what WalMart calls a "fixed speed" bike... which I think is a made-up term smooshing together "single speed" and "fixed gear" into a true knock-off.

I called our local WalMart to see if one could acquire a fixed speed in Portland. Alas, the clerk on hand reported there were none in the store. Though it took a while to track down the right clerk because it turns out that WalMart keeps bikes in the "toys" section.

Though I couldn't snag a bike, BikeSnob got a Mongoose online (before they were backordered) and has a characteristically devastating review.

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