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Questions tagged [bso]

BSO stands for Bicycle Shaped Object and refers to a cheaply produced but poor quality bicycle commonly sold in flat packs at big-box stores, mail-order, department stores and anywhere else but local bike shops.

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Cheap Apollo forks: The fork suspension feels too soft

I have a cheap Apollo brand bike which has very soft suspension and sometimes leaks brown rust coloured fluid if compressed hard enough. both sides have a plastic cap which prys open (not unscrewed) ...
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Is KCP a trustable bicycles Brand? [duplicate]

I recently found a second-hand bike that looks interesting, but the brand is KCP, and even with a lot of search, I'm not able to find any result about it. You can find below a picture and a link to ...
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Rear derailleur hitting spokes in 4 largest cogs

I did a big mistake and bought a cheap bike for casual use. On my first ride I fell down on to the right side of the bike. I am not sure if it is this fall or just that the bike is poorly assembled ...
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Identify bike brand to fit gear hanger!

I have bought a new used bike, I got it very cheap since it was pretty broken up. I have replaced most of the parts and repainted the bike so it looks fine. The only thing I have a problem with is the ...
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Rear Wheel Jamming on kids bike after Training Wheels

We got our son a Hyper Metro bicycle from walmart for Christmas and I assembled it with no problem. We also go training wheels for it and when I installed them, the issues began. The rear wheel will ...
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Fork bent on a flat pack bike - what to do?

I recently made a big mistake and bought a 27.5 Orkan 21 spd. MB. The box was beat up and the front forks where so bent and I couldn't put the front wheel on. Amazon gave me a full refund and didn't ...
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Quick release skewer installation help [duplicate]

I was wondering if I could easily install a quick release skewer on my Kent 700c Mens roadtech bike that I got from Walmart. If not what would i need to do in order to do so.
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Is this MTB a good bike or a BSO? Deserve carbon MTB [closed]

A guy wants to sell it to me second-hand, according to him hardly used. He bought it for USD850, trying to sell it for USD 180 to me. Is it ok to buy? I'm worried because it's imported wholesale from ...
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is it possible to go and install a suspension onto a bike that dosen't have any suspension?

I have a huffy 3.0 fortress mountain bike, I have to ride on some bumpy roads and trails, I have a friend who has a bike that has suspension. I rode it once and it was very smooth when I went over a ...
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What is the origin of BSO - and is it internationally recognized?

Who is the first person who came up with the appellation, "Bicycle Shaped Object" (BSO) referring to very inexpensive and very poorly built bicycles sold through mass-market department stores? Bonus ...
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Why are most BSOs mountain bikes?

All department store bikes, that I have witnessed, are mountain bikes. Many of them are even full suspension and some feature dual-crown forks. Why the lack of BSO (Bicycle Shaped Object) road bikes?
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BSO identification for amateurs

I'm a biking amateur, but I've been wanting to upgrade and get more serious. Just recently, I was gifted a pretty new bike and I'm wanting to figure out how BSO it is so I can either upgrade it or ...
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How can you recognize a department store bike?

You can obviously avoid department store bikes by buying from reputable local bike shops, but how can you tell whether a used bike is a department store bike? Are there any telltale signs? I have a ...