I also agree (mostly) with David - a VERY good bike for the price (ie NIL, or A$250). A while ago I asked the question of BV - what approx. retail value, and was told A$400- ish. Having looked at a few A$600 bikes I agree with this estimate. Where I disagree with David is about the supermarket style "K-mart special". I know folks who have actually bought bikes at K-mart and while they may be well-specced they are REALLY poorly put together, low quality, thin walled and poor welds. my "OLD" bike is a 10-year old bike shop special and this 'free' bike is similar in quality. This would be described as a 'flat-bar tourer' with skinny tyres.
This is quite a good looking bike with the team logos "GREAT WA BIKE RIDE" on each side of the front riser tube, and a small "Main roads Lifecycle" logo on the front of the top tube. Colours shown in the website's 'free bike' photo are maintained, but the green is a metallic colour which is more gold in the sunlight (see elsewhere on the forum) and quite qppealing. Most folks I have met will be riding the 'free' bike so a few thousand of these with us all wearing our 'team' jerseys will be really fantastic to be a part of, and quite a sight! Gosh, I'm looking forward to it - pity about the hard work needed between now and then to ensure I can enjoy it!
The gearing that Miyata was wanting - Front cogs are 48, 38,28 teeth. Rear are 34,24,22,20,18,16,14 teeth. So in low/low you are less than one to one! Really a hill-crawler gear, probably faster to hop off and walk!!!!
The front derailleur is nameless (all metal) and the rear is a NOVEL branded (half plastic- but not the critical bits). The cranks on my 21 inch bike are 170mm long, and cotterless. They are plastic coated metal just like my old bike - no complaints. Brakes are TEKTRO linear (so can be released without tools to remove a wheel) and (as David says) work well! Pedals are a standard aluminium jobs and will not accept straps, but have holes for strapless toeclips to be bolted to them. The gear shifters are FALCON brand, - they click up nicely but down the gears are a bit plasticky. Tyres are KENDRA brand 700x32C and take 50-75 p.s.i. They have a raised continuous centre ridge and one small row of knobbles each side like a 'hybrid' tyre (I think?)
Tools in the box are the two allen keys and a pressed flat- metal pedal spanner which also has a few holes for misc bolts (FITS rear wheel bolt too). I would suggest adding at least a decent 15mm rear wheel spanner and a phillips (cross) head screwdriver to be able to remove/adjust most things.
Overall weight of bike and bits is ander 16kg. Has bolts for 2 waterbottles (BIDONS for the pros!) and sturdy mounts for a rear "carrier" the usual 2 captive nuts on the seat stays and 2 sets of threaded holes just above the rear wheel nut. The seat post and the front wheel have 'quick release' levers but not the back wheel. There is no stand, which MAY be important if 2,500 bikes are lined up at some 'tourist spot'. No mudguards.
With regard to MYLENE's comments in this forum on this topic, on my 21 inch version, the TOP BAR is 21 inches long as well, and is angled up much more than my old bike - taller forks, I assume? At the seat post the TOP BAR is 780mm from the ground and at the head it is 820mm from the ground. Along with the narrower tyres, I found the 'free' bike to be MUCH more comfortable than than my old bike, and easier to ride (narrow tyres??). Also I have the headstem as high as the MAXIMUM HEIGHT mark. I have considered getting one of the tilt-adjustable headstems to be able to vary this during the ride, but as they cost around A$70 I will try it first during training without! Likewise, it was suggested at the Perth 'preparation' day that handlebar extensions (Mylene refers to "Antler thingeys") are essential, and standard ones fit fine. The seat is , well - frankly, crap. It has dimples for your pudendal nerve (?) but is uncomfortable after about 57 seconds (for skinny buggers like me) - so bring your own favourite... I guess that as seats are SUCH a personal preference that whatever they pick will be wrong, so why waste money on anything more than basics?
I assume that if you guys haven't seen the 'free' bikes yet you must be O/S or I/S riders so you probably already know that you MUST KEEP YOUR BIKE BOX. In Perth there were (apparently) lots of folks discarding their bike boxes by any means available (probably) not realising that bikes need to be packed into boxes for the bus trip from Perth to Albany. The Assembly notes clearly state "try not to tear the box as you will need it again to transport your bike to Albany". The wonderful Volunteers were telling us on Sunday that many people on Saturday had artfully left boxes behind without paying the 'recycling' fee - evidently not realising that most of them would need a box in March!
If you want any more details, keep 'posting' - otherwise, see you here...
p.s. DaveB - if you want to get handlebar grips off - loosen the next thing along the bar totally (usually the brakes) and pull THEM (the brake levers) off without touching the handgrips (hard to resist, but it works). The handgrips on the free bike are VERY loose and roll over themselves but come off very easily. It is apparently one of the MUST DO changes to add a pair of 'gel' grips for this sort of ride. B
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on Mon 30 Jan 2006, 10:28 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Is that my knees or my cranks creaking?