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Do you ride a MEC Hold Steady ?

Old 12-05-20, 05:22 PM
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Do you ride a MEC Hold Steady ?

This bike sold most recently new for the price of around c$1100. It is a Canadian designed bike, with aluminum frame and carbon fork. The drivetrain is 8 speed, belt ready with a shimano Alfine planetary gear hub.

If you are a Hold Steady user, how do you like it? What do you like about it and what not. I'd consider buying one if they could take punishment. Not a fan of this ones' colour theme though. Kind of like in a perpetual Halloween party mode.



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What is the Tape on the top tube?
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I don't own this bike and haven't seen it in real life. There is one locally for sale for far too much in my opinion. The rubber wrap on the TT appears to be an inner tube, probably put there to protect the paint from a chain lock wrapped around the frame.
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I don't know about that bike but I do know that MEC is no longer a co-op. It's now a private business.

Some of their products were okay and some were overpriced compared to a brick and mortar bike shop.

Good luck and cheers
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Didn't own the bike but I test drove it twice and loved it. I thought it was well priced and would have made a great commuter. It is one of those bikes that I regret not purchasing. They don't seem to sell them now but who knows what will happen with the new owners.
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Ok, thanks for the input on the firsthand experience. I had heard that MEC was in financial straits but hadn't that it had been dissolved as a Co-op. I am a MEC member and we'll see what comes from that structural change. They were foolish that during this "pandemic" they rode the virtue signalling path and further strangled their cash flow by choosing to run their stores as a bunch of hypochondriacs instead of offering service. I wanted and needed to buy in stock items but they made it so difficult to do I said forget it and bought at another local bike shop.

This hold steady example is offered at a local pawn shop. I am not concerned with buying it, even if it were a little bigger, so any local BF member reading this go ahead and help yourself. I am in the market for a bike made this millenium and thought perhaps this might work as a commuter hauler. There are so very many bikes out there that are just as good though. You can buy a lot of used bike for $1k. I think they're nuts charging that for a bike which only cost $100 more new when it sold within the last two years. Right now I ride an old mid-80's Raleigh Elkhorn and that's it. Something newer would be nice.
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Great ride

Iíve been riding this bike since 2009. Shifts as clean as new.
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Originally Posted by prairiepedaler
I don't own this bike and haven't seen it in real life. There is one locally for sale for far too much in my opinion. The rubber wrap on the TT appears to be an inner tube, probably put there to protect the paint from a chain lock wrapped around the frame.
Originally Posted by prairiepedaler
Ok, thanks for the input on the firsthand experience. I had heard that MEC was in financial straits but hadn't that it had been dissolved as a Co-op. I am a MEC member and we'll see what comes from that structural change. They were foolish that during this "pandemic" they rode the virtue signalling path and further strangled their cash flow by choosing to run their stores as a bunch of hypochondriacs instead of offering service. I wanted and needed to buy in stock items but they made it so difficult to do I said forget it and bought at another local bike shop.

This hold steady example is offered at a local pawn shop. I am not concerned with buying it, even if it were a little bigger, so any local BF member reading this go ahead and help yourself. I am in the market for a bike made this millenium and thought perhaps this might work as a commuter hauler. There are so very many bikes out there that are just as good though. You can buy a lot of used bike for $1k. I think they're nuts charging that for a bike which only cost $100 more new when it sold within the last two years. Right now I ride an old mid-80's Raleigh Elkhorn and that's it. Something newer would be nice.

They struck a deal with The Bay now. Opening I think 4 more locations inside The Bay stores in Ontario. They will only carry a limited amount of product and nothing that will compete with The Bay merchandise. Have noticed since it stopped as a Co-op many good products have been discontinued. Whether or not this is due to supply chain shortages, I'm not certain.

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Originally Posted by prairiepedaler
I'd consider buying one if they could take punishment.
I don't know anything about this model of bike, but I had a Shimano Nexus 8 speed IGH (very similar to Alfine). They don't take abuse very well. They work fine and last a long time if you are somewhat careful and perform a little periodic maintenance. If you want something that you can abuse, I'd recommend a single speed or fixed gear drivetrain. If you need multiple gears, consider a derailleur.
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Originally Posted by Miele Man
I don't know about that bike but I do know that MEC is no longer a co-op. It's now a private business.

Some of their products were okay and some were overpriced compared to a brick and mortar bike shop.

Good luck and cheers
I will have to disagree with you on that one...I purchased many of the major brand name products, parts and accessories at MEC, and I also purchased MEC brand products and their prices are very competitive and cheaper than any of the bike shops I've been to. Majority of MEC brand stuff is also top quality.
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The bike which is pictured is long gone. If one comes up locally in an XL and is reasonably priced I'll go have a look. I am more in tune with owning their "National" model though.

I think MEC designs some fairly nice bikes and have produced (i.e. had built for them - not sure who the manufacturer was) several models in the past. They don't seem to have offered as many varieties now though (10 models currently).
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Iíve had the hold steady for 5 years now; ride it in winter in kelowna BC as well as other seasons. Iíve had an Ebike and other commuters but always go back to this gem. First of all I never get. Slush on my derailleur cogs so no skipping, maintenance is extremely easy. Bike is zippy; not a great climber, but otherwise quick and responsive. I put around 3k each year on it, I do run a studded snow in winter. Iíve used 2 chains and 1 set of brake pads. Most reliable bike in my fleetÖ. If they made this an Ebike with mid drive and IGH Iíd be soldÖ oh yes I own a bike service shop so mechanically itís good and quality parts
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Originally Posted by Cranky68
Iíve had the hold steady for 5 years now; ride it in winter in kelowna BC as well as other seasons. Iíve had an Ebike and other commuters but always go back to this gem. First of all I never get. Slush on my derailleur cogs so no skipping, maintenance is extremely easy. Bike is zippy; not a great climber, but otherwise quick and responsive. I put around 3k each year on it, I do run a studded snow in winter. Iíve used 2 chains and 1 set of brake pads. Most reliable bike in my fleetÖ. If they made this an Ebike with mid drive and IGH Iíd be soldÖ oh yes I own a bike service shop so mechanically itís good and quality parts
Hi Cranky, thank you for the input on the Steady with "boots on the ground" real World feedback. The bike which spawned this thread is long gone now and who knows if another will come up, but with your testimonial a decision is all that much simpler if one does emerge. I thought it would indeed make for a good winter bike. We'd have to see how the IGH would do in deep cold for shifting. BTW, if you see a Rocky Mountain Sherpa 30 XXL out there let me know. I haven't been to B.C. since 1978!
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I am looking to fix up a hold steady , it's missing front wheel and front brake . I contacted MEC service centre through chat and received

"Thank you for reaching out to MEC today.



I was not able to find much information about your bicycle, as we do not have owner’s manuals archived anywhere, it seems (or at least, not where we could look). I have only managed to find the product page for the bicycle, which will give you more information on the components used, and may prove helpful. I’m sorry we cannot provide you with more.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have further questions. You can either reply to this email, call us or chat with us online.

Thank you,
Would anyone have more documentation than what is avail on the website ? I can't post the link I am a new member ...
Thanks
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Originally Posted by bobco631
I am looking to fix up a hold steady , it's missing front wheel and front brake . I contacted MEC service centre through chat and received

"Thank you for reaching out to MEC today.



I was not able to find much information about your bicycle, as we do not have ownerís manuals archived anywhere, it seems (or at least, not where we could look). I have only managed to find the product page for the bicycle, which will give you more information on the components used, and may prove helpful. Iím sorry we cannot provide you with more.

Please donít hesitate to get in touch if you have further questions. You can either reply to this email, call us or chat with us online.

Thank you,
Would anyone have more documentation than what is avail on the website ? I can't post the link I am a new member ...
Thanks
I would have posted a new thread in bicycle mechanics rather than a 4 year old thread. However in terms of manuals they are all generic and useless in this context however going to your local shop they can get you set up with a new wheel and brakes or brake pads or whatever is needed as the OEM spec doesn't really ever matter on standard parts like that. It is one thing if you have a truly nice vintage bike and you want to restore it to new for showing off but a bike you intend to ride take it to your local shop and they can get you fixed up and also look at the rest of the bike which probably could use some love.
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MEC is one of those places where sales are real sales.

Stuff they want liquidated and gone, they will half off 50% across the board on all products, bikes, camping, whatever.

I'm addicted to campware. Maybe I'll use it bikepacking someday.

Currently my local MEC appears overstocked on their MEC-branded innertubes, they are all $2.

I'm guessing they too screwed up and ordered too many during covid.

I won't use these tubes on my personal bikes, but they are great for bikes I resell, or when I do repairs for other folks.
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I won't use these tubes on my personal bikes, but they are great for bikes I resell, or when I do repairs for other folks.
I've never had a problem with MEC tubes, used them for years. If you're using butyl tubes, they're fine.
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