Problems With Department Store Bikes

Department stores are a popular source for Stanford Students to find their campus bicycle. These bikes vary greatly in quality, assembly and price. The bikes highlighted below are close to $200.00. At this price range, a student can buy a quality, tuned bicycle at the local bike shop. Below are a few examples of issues with these big box bikes that Stanford students and the Campus Bike Shop find hard to ignore.
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What's wrong with this bike?
What's wrong with these brakes?