When it comes to ensuring the safety of yourself and others around you, quality gear matters!
This relates to body armor, scuba gear, guns, climbing ropes, boots, knives, and even mountain bikes.
The following video portrays a professional downhill mountain biker that buys a cheap but good looking mountain bike from walmart. He stresses the bike through a rigid downhill mountain course but before starting the test, the first gut feeling he gets is doubt. He survives the ordeal but what makes the video very powerful and interesting to me is his personal responses through the problems encountered. Despite the loss of brakes, broken/loose bike handles, and more he still had the determination to finish the bike “experiment”. The moral of the story is, if you want an average bike for simple point A to B travel, buy an average bike. However, if you want to go mountain biking, don’t risk it with a cheap bike. It’s not worth it. Spend a few more bucks to ensure your safety.
Remember this man definitely is a professional with a variety of skills obtained through experience. So to the kids watching this… please don’t do this at home.