QUOTE (d0ubledown @ Sep 30 2011, 11:52 AM)
walmart = the devil.
Walmart is what people want. WE keep them in business.
if it gets newbies on the track, thats great. but with everything else, you get what you pay for. sure, walmart will sell em a low end complete. but then when it comes time to upgrade lil jimmy's bike, with a longer stem, better wheelset, hell... even tubes or tires, or even a tuneup. they'll go back to walmart. nope sorry, cant help ya. that is, if they're lucky enough to get decent service, or someone that actually knows somethinb about anything. most lbs here wont even touch anything purchased at walmart/big box stores, and rightfully so.
so they go to their lbs. new wheelset is how much? thats 2~3X what i paid for the bike. replace the bike for a better one for 4~5 bills? why so much when i bought the bike at welfare mart of half the price?
These are gateway bikes. They get the kid on the track for cheap. There isn't a parent (or a kid) that races for any length of time and doesn't know what the other riders are on and about how much they paid. So when it comes time for an upgrade they'll hit the LBS. If the LBS won't serve them that's their loss. Any bike shop dealing in BMX racing cannot afford to turn away business.
I've seen so many kids get there start on stock bikes and once they've won a couple of races (before they're even out of Novice) the dads already have them on bikes costing 2-3x what my son is riding on.
People know soon enough whether or not this sport is for them. If they get hooked, they'll spend the money. More often than not, it's either a lack of interest from the kid or over-zealous 'coaching' from the father that cuts the BMX racing short. It's got nothing to do with the bike.
Walmart is here to stay, and BMX might as well benefit from it.