Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 26 to 36 of 36
  1. #26
    Senior Member TransitBiker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Newtown, PA
    My Bikes
    2012 Breezer Uptown Infinity
    Posts
    1,663
    Mentioned
    15 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by puckett129 View Post
    I'm not interested in a fixed gear bike but I'd drop $300 on one of those 7 speed city bike commuters. It looks like a nice bike to ride around town and not worry too much about it getting pinched.
    You nailed it on the head there my friend. These are not THE solution, they are a way to get riding BSO or not, for some people, and if it gets taken, guess what, you're not out bucket loads of money.

    That said, i think a lot of us on here would like to have something more substantial and thought out as our primary 2 wheels.

    - Andy
    I can't wait for the next pint of good chocolate milk after a long ride.

  2. #27
    Senior Member ron521's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    148
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've not seen the Critical Cycles single-speed/fixie in person, but I HAVE seen and ridden the SE Draft Lite, which has comparable specs (SE has two brakes, but a steel front chainring. Critical has one brake, but an alloy front chainring. Both frames are Hi-Ten steel). When I rode the SE, I was reminded a lot of the old Schwinns of the 60's and 70's, not the lightest bikes, but sufficient metal used to make them very strong such that they would withstand abuse and neglect of children. I had the impression that, other than potential flat tires, the SE (and by extension the similar Critical Cycles) would run for years.

  3. #28
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    pdx
    My Bikes
    2007 carpe diem frame custom build, trek 7.9 frame custom build, custom built chinese carbon fiber road bike, shopping bike
    Posts
    3,230
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TransitBiker View Post
    full on racing getup & a cinelli saetta 105 leaned up on the tree....Not sure if he was for real & did races too or just threw a lot of money at bike commuting & noob. I'm not one to judge others.
    erm...lots of people race. and most of them suck like me. 105 is barely race quality.
    This is why motorists hate us, and why I've given up riding on the road...You should be ashamed yourself, and you should be reviled by cyclists everywhere.

  4. #29
    Senior Member TransitBiker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Newtown, PA
    My Bikes
    2012 Breezer Uptown Infinity
    Posts
    1,663
    Mentioned
    15 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by spare_wheel View Post
    erm...lots of people race. and most of them suck like me. 105 is barely race quality.
    Like i said, i'm not one to judge. He said he was using the bike to commute, which i personally found odd because its not at all what i would choose as my only bike.

    - Andy
    I can't wait for the next pint of good chocolate milk after a long ride.

  5. #30
    http://www.538.nl acidfast7's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    England / CPH
    My Bikes
    2010 Cube Acid
    Posts
    5,460
    Mentioned
    18 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    to the OP, it looks nearly identical to my BSO, and to an SE bike, which has held up fine for a year (after tire replacement).

    New BSO long-term test!
    Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S)
    Rohloffs seen on the commute: 3

  6. #31
    Senior Member TransitBiker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Newtown, PA
    My Bikes
    2012 Breezer Uptown Infinity
    Posts
    1,663
    Mentioned
    15 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
    to the OP, it looks nearly identical to my BSO, and to an SE bike, which has held up fine for a year (after tire replacement).

    New BSO long-term test!
    Funny you mention SE, as i'm contemplating getting a tripel for when i dont need the uptown.

    - Andy
    I can't wait for the next pint of good chocolate milk after a long ride.

  7. #32
    Senior Member MattFoley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Arlington, VA
    Posts
    570
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TransitBiker View Post
    Like i said, i'm not one to judge. He said he was using the bike to commute, which i personally found odd because its not at all what i would choose as my only bike.

    - Andy
    If I was only going to have one bike, I'd make it a fast road bike, because that's my preferred riding style. I regularly commute on my Cervelo (more expensive than the Cinelli you reference), and I use it for weekend rides and group rides and centuries, so it's pretty versatile. But if my only bike was some utilitarian thing with a rack and fenders and all that jazz, I'd never ride it unless I absolutely had to. But that's just me.
    Cars man, whyyyyyy?!?!?!?!

  8. #33
    Senior Member TransitBiker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Newtown, PA
    My Bikes
    2012 Breezer Uptown Infinity
    Posts
    1,663
    Mentioned
    15 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by MattFoley View Post
    If I was only going to have one bike, I'd make it a fast road bike, because that's my preferred riding style. I regularly commute on my Cervelo (more expensive than the Cinelli you reference), and I use it for weekend rides and group rides and centuries, so it's pretty versatile. But if my only bike was some utilitarian thing with a rack and fenders and all that jazz, I'd never ride it unless I absolutely had to. But that's just me.

    To each their own.

    It rains here a fair bit year round, and at the least fenders should be considered. Even if you're not riding in the rain, the ground can stay wet & puddles form and stay around for hours if not the rest of the day or into the next day. In winter, it can snow dump then get up to 55 and you get slush and salt. Bad for mechanical working parts & frame life, especially with the inevitable road crunk and sand in some locales. I've never seen anyone ride without fenders in those conditions.

    - Andy
    I can't wait for the next pint of good chocolate milk after a long ride.

  9. #34
    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    West Village, New York City
    My Bikes
    too many
    Posts
    20,516
    Mentioned
    101 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    With these Critical bikes, it appears that you get what you pay for. If it is really attractive to you, I suggest you take the time to retension the wheels, disassemble and reassemble the bike, adjust the bearing preloads, grease everything, and change the goofy components. I'm not sure what the goofy components are, but I bought a cheap Nashbar fixie and had to change the plastic pedals immediately. It came with heavy, stiff tires. The ride was really quite nice, and the bike weighed only about 19 lbs. But the rims were heavy, and it would have been expensive to rebuild or replace the wheels. I might have done so eventually, but the bike got stolen from outside my house (when I lived in a suburb). It was my fault for not locking it.

    If you take a look at the list I wrote above, you may realize that spending more up front is just as good or better.
    Last edited by noglider; 08-05-14 at 02:19 PM. Reason: spelling
    You don't read my signature anyway, do you?

    Tom Reingold, noglider@pobox.com
    Residences: West Village, New York City and High Falls, NY
    Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

  10. #35
    Senior Member mlander's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Charlotte, NC
    My Bikes
    2014 Scattante CFR
    Posts
    220
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just sold an old bike and used the proceeds to buy the green one with the drop bars. It arrives Wednesday. Can't wait! I'll ride for a while and chime in on quality, etc.

  11. #36
    Senior Member mlander's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Charlotte, NC
    My Bikes
    2014 Scattante CFR
    Posts
    220
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well, thread began in May, so not sure if OP is still interested.

    Initial impression: couldn't be happier with this bike for the price. I feel like I got a great value. No surprises.

    If anything comes up I'll dig this thread back out.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •