This has been tearing up the blogosphere tonight:
The new 700C Mongoose Cachet Bike offers the ultimate experience in simplicity and style. Single-speed gearing makes for easy and intuitive riding. Caliper brakes and high-profile colored rims add urban style.
700C Men's Mongoose Cachet Fixed-Speed Bike:
Aluminum frame with rigid fork
Lightweight and responsive ride
Front and rear caliper brakes ensure precise stops
High-profile colored rims add urban style
Since I'm sure you're all just dying to hear my thoughts on the subject here they are:
This is awesome. There will always be folks who buy their bicycles at Walmart. Of course I wish they could/would purchase their bikes from a local bicycle shop, but the reality is that not all people have the financial means necessary to do so.
For this segment of the bicycle buying public, this bike (in my opinion) represents the first step in a long time toward sensibility. Rather than wasting money on terrible non functioning dual suspension and derailleurs, I'm guessing (hoping) that the money instead went towards an improved frameset and components.
At the pricepoint that Walmart sells bikes at a singlespeed should be all they sell. Sticking money into terrible components (crappy suspension and gears) means that less of the budget is devoted to the frameset, wheels, brakes, etc. This bike will hopefully prove much more reliable for the many hardworking folks who rely on department store bicycles for transportation and daily life.
Now only if bike shop hybrid buyers would also wise up and stop buying bicycles with stupid heavy and crappily functioning front suspension forks on them (no one needs that shit).....
What do you think?