I got a cheap singlespeed (the Dawes SST) from Bikesdirect in December 2011. I've ridden it 2,600 miles so far, and fallen in love with biking. I commute to school, ride to friends houses, go on rides for fun (longest ride has been 40 miles), and have plans of touring one day. Sometime last summer I decided that I wanted to get a new bike, one with gears. I looked and looked online for quite a while (wanted to get the Windsor Tourist but that was out of my budget), and finally decided on this bike, the Nashbar Steel Road Bike. The reviews seemed pretty decent and I eventually ordered it
The shipping was delayed because of snowstorms, which was torture. It finally came in today!
Unboxing it and whatnot.
Silly bike, couches are for people.
This is right after the first test ride!
The only riding I did on it was about a mile around the block. I'm gonna ride it more tomorrow and give a report on it. So far, it feels *really* smooth. I haven't ever had downtube shifters before (nor brifters), but I figured I wouldn't mind them - and I don't! I actually enjoy them. It seems like they let you 'feel' the bike more, if that makes sense. The wheels were both a little bit out of true. I ordered a spoke wrench along with the bike, so I guess I'm gonna learn how to fix them up I'll practice on my Dawes, first, which has been relegated to commuting duty/rainy weather.
It weighs about 25 points (crappy estimate using a bathroom scale), while my Dawes SST weighs 24 pounds (with a rack). Not too bad. Plus, I've never ridden anything to compare it to. So, I'm happy. I hope to put a rack on this bike and take her on a few overnight trips, before (hopefully) going around Florida on a short tour this summer.
Anyway, that's it. I can't say much else about the bike until I take her on a few longer rides. Thanks for reading!