A while back reader Elmonica contacted us and shared about the purchase of a bike from Walmart. It seems he is working his way up the food chain because his next whip is a Nashbar bike. At this rate, he'll be up to a Surly in a few more years =)
Elmonica contacted us again recently about another Walmart hack. The following text and pictures are credited to Elmonica.
Not an especially interesting or unique hack, but I recently decommissioned my "Walmart hack bike" and built this new bike using a new Nashbar frame and fork salvaging whatever parts I could from the old bike. The old bike had a folding basket permanently attached that weighed 2.6 pounds. I decided to go with a new basket that I purchased from Walmart for $12. It only weighs 1.25 pounds and I attached it to my bike using a bungee and some zip ties. I like it better since it is lighter, centered over the rack, and I can remove it when I want to relatively easy.
Elmonica current lives close to where I grew up in Oregon (burbs of Portland) and wisely has equipped his stead with fenders.