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A Good Bike For The Price
on 11 August 2013
My boyfriend and I live in a small flat with no outdoor space to store two full-sized bikes. We knew we wanted 20" wheels and we didn't want to pay a massive amount because we would mostly be using the bikes infrequently and recreationally (i.e. not riding them to work every day).
The bikes each arrived in a large box with some simple assembly required (brake and gear position adjustment, pedals to be attached etc.). The instructions are helpful, although they are for generic folding bikes rather than these in particular so it does require a bit of careful thought. Once assembled, the bike is simple to fold down - one clip in the centre of the bike to fold it in half, followed by a clip which folds the handlebars down. The catch in the centre of the bike is quite tough for me to secure (the main catch - there is a smaller safety catch but that one's simple to use!), but my boyfriend can clip it easily - although it has to be said I would rather stuggle with a substantial catch than have a flimsy piece of plastic keeping my bike together! The bikes are a bit weighty and awkward for me to carry much of a distance, but lightweight bikes come with a not-so-leightweight pricetag (and it would appear I am a bit of a weakling when it comes to upper body strength).
So far we have ridden the bikes on road and 'off road' (meaning on cycle paths, not mountain biking!). It feels sturdy and safe to ride and doesn't require much more (if any) effort to pedal than a standard bike. There's no suspension on this bike, but we already knew that so we just try to avoid big bumps! The appearance of the bike is nice - it doesn't look like a kiddy bike as some (mostly the smaller wheeled ones) can do. It also has a handy bag rack on the back which is always useful. Our gears didn't need any adjustment (we got our bikes checked over in Halfords just to make sure they were safe!), and unless you plan on going super fast everywhere, they've got a good range of speeds.
Folding the bike is quick and easy, which is very welcome after a long ride! The bikes, when folded, are nice and compact - ideal to fit in the car boot (although for ease we put one on the back seat, too - you could possibly fit both in the boot if you have less room in the car) or in the corner of an office, for example.
All in all I would recommend this bike. You could pay more and get a lighter bike with more gears, but to be honest unless you're using it every day I think this one performs very well.