Triax road BSO

(Don't hate on this guy).

 

This is "Dave." Dave is a regional manager for a chain of stores located up and down the San Francisco Peninsula. He was driving up and down Highway 101 to visit his stores everyday and spending an inordinate amount of time sitting in traffic.

 

He realized that all of his stores are within a mile of a Caltrain station, so he visited a bike shop in Palo Alto. He wanted something light, fast, and cheap, telling them he had $500 to spend on a bike.

 

They sold him this Dynacraft "Triax" road bike for $400. It has a "Lightweight Aluminum Frame" and "Shimano Equipped 21 Speed." It even has stem shifters, which I didn't think you could even buy new anymore. The forks are very wide.

 

The Shimano components are the very low-end parts that go in mass-market bikes. Dynacraft sells exclusively through the mass-market channel -- you'll see Dynacraft bikes at Target in the United States. I'm surprised a bike shop carries this.

 

The bike shop in Palo Alto that sold this bike did Dave a disservice. I think Dave paid too much for this bike. It's worth probably half of what he paid, and he could've gotten much more bike than he did for the amount he paid. This bike will do the job -- getting him to the stores he manages -- but a simple 3 speed could have been bought new for less money.

 

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Taken on April 18, 2007