Bike Shaped Objects

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Long Term Review – Lamborghini Rapido (a.k.a. GMC Denali)

My favorite thing about this bike is how bike snobs continually tell me how I’ll be sorry I bought it because after a couple hundred miles it will be falling apart. So far I’ve put 2300 miles on it and it’s running great.

Of course the bike isn’t really built by Lamborghini, or GMC for that matter. It’s a Kent, the maker/importer of many a cheap bike. Some of them a good, some aren’t. This one seems to be one of the good ones, and you can pick one up at Wally World for $165.

At first glance the drop handlebars and aluminum frame give the appearance of a road bike, but overall I’d consider it a hybrid or commuter bike. The frame is much lighter than many cheap bikes but would be considered a heavyweight by most bike snobs. For me, at well over 200 pounds, its weight is just right.

breakdowns? One, and that was a spoke that snapped off at the nipple. I tore down the wheel and the rest of the spokes looked fine.

Maintenance? Fairly constant. The Shimano Tourney drive train needs adjustment on a monthly basis. After two years of no trouble I recently had to lube the pedals. Something I should probably do more often anyways. I replaced the brake pads at 1800 miles not so much for wear but for becoming hard. The rear caliper has given me no trouble but the front needs adjustment every other month or so.

One of the biggest surprises has been the wheels. Three years of hard SF commuting and the front is showing only the slightest hint of a wobble and the rear is still straight and true.

So entering it’s fourth season of commuting it’s still going strong. Not bad for a cheap bike. And oh yeah, still nobody’s tried to steal it.

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