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    Windsor TimeLine feedback

    Want a basic single speed for local commuting and thinking about getting the Windsor TimeLine. I like the fact that it has a more relaxed geometry and can accept wider tires.

    Curious if anyone who has the bike can provide feedback on their experience with it? Also curious what the weight is out of the box (I'm assuming about 20 lbs. but a more precise weight would be great).

    Thanks in advance,

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    For $300, I'd recommend getting the Windsor Clockwork, the specs are almost identical, however, Clockwork features the Formula sealed hub, which in my opinion, is much better than the loose ball Formula on the Timeline. The geometry is very very similar, the Clockwork is slightly more relaxed.

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    i've had nothing but bad luck buying from bikes direct. 2 broken frames from wrong sized (stock) seatpost and 2 seriously damaged in shipping. would stay away. convert an older road frame. 27" to 700c would work well
    BikesDirect enjoys driving away repeat customers! Support your local shop!

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    That's weird. BD has been nothing but good to me. Decent customer service, quick shipment, and even replaced a fork for me with no fuss.

    Damage from shipping isn't BD's fault. They ship them in pretty standard bicycle packaging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bw286 View Post
    i've had nothing but bad luck buying from bikes direct. 2 broken frames from wrong sized (stock) seatpost and 2 seriously damaged in shipping. would stay away. convert an older road frame. 27" to 700c would work well
    I do believe he was asking for specifics on a bike. Not wanting your opinion on the company that happens to sell the bikes. If you dont have any input on the bike he is asking about, dont reply.

    As for the bike, I have to disagree with Vixtor on the hubs. Every sealed formula hub Iv owned has needed new bearings pretty soon in their life. The one set of loose ball formula hubs iv owned have been great. Take them apart, clean and re grease with some quality grease and do a proper adjustment on them and the are good to go.

    Im a little biased towards loose ball hubs though.
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    I actually liked repacking my old Suntour hubs every now and then, always nice to have fresh grease...I especially like repacking my bottom bracket, which I did like 3 days ago.

    I guess the one thing I didn't like about my old Suntour hubs were the shields, they didn't keep any grime/salt/dust out when I commute them over the winter and fall. I paid very close attention to the tightness of the cones, which made my hubs spin forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever...then again, they were of a different brand, maybe Formula's shields are good to keep stuff out. I was just being a little bit biased towards the sealed Formulas.

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    Loose ball formulas do not have the best shields but they can spin amazingly if taken care of.
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    A person in the market for a $300 commuter will probably not be a person that would be repacking their hubs once a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayce View Post
    A person in the market for a $300 commuter will probably not be a person that would be repacking their hubs once a month.
    So they wont be maintaining their bike? How nice your bike runs is about the maintenance you put into it. Something as simple and quick as a hub overhaul should be common knowledge and practiced frequently by anyone wanting to own a bicycle.
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    Or buying a sealed bearing hub and having to overhaul once a year rather than once a month.


    Again some one in the market for a $300 commuter probably is not going to be some one that will be repacking their hubs once a month,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayce View Post
    Or buying a sealed bearing hub and having to overhaul once a year rather than once a month.


    Again some one in the market for a $300 commuter probably is not going to be some one that will be repacking their hubs once a month,
    Someone buying a $300 commuter is what a good portion of this forum bought in the beginning and then progressed with upgraded parts. Yes a sealed cartridge hub will require less maintenance. A sealed cartridge bearing will last longer without having to maintain it. However a sealed cartridge bearing will have obvious drag and is not serviceable. Why do you think that companies like Campagnolo and Shimano still use loose ball bearing in the highest end hubs?

    OP, I do say a sealed cartridge hub might be better for you if you dont want to work on your bike. A loose ball hub can run smoother and is serviceable. Make your own decision.
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    Well, I bought this bike a couple weeks ago. The bike is awesome. I changed to risers so I could commute and add a rack easily. The non sealed bearings haven't been a problem or even caused me to notice them yet, granted its only been a couple weeks. Very comfortable ride with the bigger tires and you can even buy bigger ones if you want. I had an issue with BD not installing the non drive side BB cup before shipping it to me but they quickly refunded me enough to get the lbs to slap one on and now its good to go. I would say it's a great buy for the price and will be a great commuter if taken care of.

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    I'll throw in some input since I use the bike. I dont know a lot of the technical parts about bikes but I do try to maintain my bike as best I can. Bought this bike last March. Put about 1500 miles on it already. My reasons for picking this bike over the other choices in this price range were I wanted a relaxed geometry compared to the Kilo and I wanted to be able to mount fat tires for riding in the snow and be able to use fenders. The fork and brake calipers give you lots of room to work with. Ive mounted my friends mountain bike wheels just to see if they would fit and it did. I couldn’t use the brakes but the wheels and tires cleared the frame. I cant tell you how much it weighed with stock parts because I never weighed it and I started replacing parts on it very quickly but its def somewhere in the 20s.

    Out of the box the bike was easy to assemble, granted this was my first bike in a real long time. I did have to true the wheels as there was a slight wobble to them. I did ride it stock for a few months and it was comfy enough during long rides. First thing I replaced was the saddle but it’s a pretty comfy saddle compared to other stock saddles that Ive tried like the one on the Kilo. I also replaced the pedals and tires right away and stuck a fixed cog on. Ive done a number of long rides on this bike (longest was 80 so far, will hit 100 eventually) and I find it fun to ride. I haven’t had problems with my hubs so far and they run smoothly as far as I can tell. Ive ridden in snow and rain and the only thing I ever do is wipe the bike down and relube the chain. I have taken the hub apart to see how it all worked so if I ever have to repack it with grease it shouldn’t be a problem. I have changed a lot of the parts since Ive had the bike. Bullhorns, stem, seatpost, saddle, tires, pedals, chainring, chain and cogs have been changed.

    The timeline had the things I was looking for so Ive been happy with my purchase.
    Heres a pic of my bike.

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