viernes, junio 17, 2011

My Review of Marin Bridgeway FS Bike - 2011

Originally submitted at REI

With a touch of classic style, the Marin Bridgeway FS bike cruises comfortably on everyday jaunts and is equipped with practical features like fenders, rear rack and suspension fork.


It like this bike, even with its defects

By Feliponcho from Folsom, CA on 6/17/2011

 

3out of 5

Pros: Stylish, Fast, Lightweight, Versatile, Great gears trigger shift

Cons: Wears fast, Uncomfortable, Not Durable

Best Uses: Trail, Street Riding

Describe Yourself: Commuter

Was this a gift?: No

I bought this bike one month ago. I use this bike mainly to commute to work, the bike is very fast and swift. I have received very good comments on how it looks. The maneuverability is awesome! you can do very short and quick turns even at high speed. But, I have found a lot of things that I didn't expect to occur in such a short time: 1) the nuts and bolts that holds the rear fender dropped and got lost and now the fender is loose, 2) one of the threads of the cables that is attached to the top post of the frame got broken in the very first week, so now I must be careful of not hurting myself with the loosen thread. 3) The chain keeper got wear in the very first use because it was maladjusted (got wear with the pedal pole) 4) The painting tears very easily.

Also, as previously commented, after one hour of riding, the saddle becomes unconfy. There are also other problems: 1) be sure of not buying this on-line, please go to the store and try it, because the height of the bike changes when you ride it; the suspension get lower with the rider weight, so substract 2 or 3 inches from the stated height. 2) If you use the rear rack to load some groceries, you will feel how instable this bike is.

Wow, after writing it I have realized this bike has more cons than pros, :'( sniff. Nevertheless, it looks awesome!

(legalese)

2 comentarios:

Feliponcho dijo...

I've just changed the freewheel of this bike (http://www.marinbikes.com/2011/bike_specs.php?serialnum=1645). It doesn't use the cassette system, so I had to look for some compatible 7 speeds freewheel compatible with the shimano that comes from fab. The problem with the Shimano, 14-34, 7 Speed freewheel is the medium hills. Low hills are easy, and very hard hills are easy with the 34 teeth ring (http://harriscyclery.net/product/shimano-14-34-thread-on-7-speed-freewheel-quotmegarangequot-778.htm) The problem is the lack of some intermediate ring between the 24T and 34T, the 24T is simply too heavy for medium to medium high hills, and 34 is simply too slow, so it's impossible to keep a good speed. I was thinking in changing the whole rear drive train system to a 10 speed cassette, but the prices go up to U$450.00 (U$370.00 for SRAM X9 system in Amazon): you need to buy a new hub, cassette, derailleur, chain and shifts. Fortunately I've found a very good option, a IRD 7 speed freewheel (http://www.interlocracing.com/freewheels_steel.html) compatible with the SRAM X3 I already have. I bought directly from IRD and it was like $11.00 shipping (UPS). Although I asked for maintenance instructions, they just sent a very thin box without any instructive, warranty or invoice :(. The cost of the freewheels is about 60 dls and you can get it from here (http://store.interlocracing.com/fr76and5sp.html) or from here (http://harriscyclery.net/product/ird-13-32-thread-on-7-speed-freewheel-2362.htm). The bicycle shop in the corner (http://bicycleplanet.net/) installed it for 5 bucks and I immediately went to test them in the rails of Folsom. What a change! Even hard hills are easy with the 32T, and mediums are pieces of cake with the 28T. The derailleur needs some adjustment, but that can wait until the next service. Also the speed was improved with the change from 14T to 13T. I feel like I have a new bike.

Feliponcho dijo...

I just changed the tires of my bike from the awful Kenda to Continental. I can just describe it as a change from Hell to Heaven. Everything is improved: speed, maneuver, control, stability. Now I need much less effort in long hauls. This tires allows much more air pressure, though less effort. Also the tires adhere much better to the terrain even with high air pressure.