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That awkward moment...
on 22 March 2017
...when you write a review after having had this bike for almost 6 years. And now it is more expensive (I paid £160 for mine).
This bike has been quite good for me. First of all, it isn't carbon fiber or other fancy material and the "alloy" of the frame feels a lot like mostly steel considering the weight. So carrying it down 2 floors and then carrying it up 2 floors after a cycling session is in its own an exercise.
Initial assembly took a while simply because I like to enjoy my hobbies without being hurried. And to assemble a bike that you will be riding - and thus depend on it with your life - shouldn't be done quickly - unless you're a bike specialist. Which I am not. So I took my time and it ended up to be around 45 minutes to 1h, with good results (still alive after all those years, right?).
The ride is good. I don't know how much more expensive bikes ride, but I suppose there aren't any pink unicorns flying along side you and cheering as you shift gears. Speaking of which, the gear changes are smooth, but a bike shop can do better in tuning them. I haven't bothered because I never really got into this "shift when you go uphill so you pedal less intensely". It's a bike, I go out to exercise on it, uphill is supposed to be more difficult.
The brakes are not bad at all. I did ride bikes with disc brakes and they're a pain to maintain. This one has the classic pads which step on the rims. I did tune the front one so it never locks the front wheel as I don't enjoy flying. The rear one has that capability, which is p nice sometimes when you want to show off. Or, if it is wet outside, to demonstrate how artistic you can be whilst falling off.
Coming back to the ride, it is good. On asphalt. On bike trails it is absolutely atrocious. You can feel every bump in the road because there aren't any fancy suspensions to smooth things out. Then again, this makes the rider much more "in tune" with what is happening, e.g. when you're doing 30mph on it, you _will_ know it. The same when you're about to lose control in a corner you entered too fast.
Overall, it is a reasonably priced bike which in 5 years shows no signs of wear and tear. The handlebars wrapping is still intact and in good condition and there are no awful things happening with the joints or the riding train, and bear in mind this has been stored outside, on the balcony, so it's had its fair share of rain, wind, moisture and temperature changes.
Yes, some bolts rusted and it needs a tyre change after some kids punctured the back tyre a little while ago, yes, it isn't the best out there, but it does make you smile when outdoors and riding it and that is the most important thing after all.
Oh, and you can use your car pressure tool to check the tyre pressure and your car compressor (or pump, if you really like exercise) to pump up the tires because of the car-like valves on the tyres. How cool is that?