April 23, 2018
38/170 Crank Mechanism With 110mm Disc
Crank mechanism designed for road bikes.
Crank-170mm / Aluminum
5 BCD Bolts-170mm
Axis mounting-Square, 110mm
Critical Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru 1-Speed Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle
- Incredible Components Critical Cycles’ Single-Speed Coaster Brake Drivetrain is perfect for short to medium distance riding on mostly flat roads and smaller hills.
- For the sake of simplicity and minimal maintanence, this bike has one gear that does it all.
- For stopping, use a coaster brake that allows you to apply your brakes by pedaling backwords just like a beach cruiser, without sacrificing control of the handlebars.
- Many Options Step-Thru Single-Speed City Bikes are available in Cream, Black, British Racing Green, Coral, and Light Blue.
- Most of the bike comes assembled out of the box, but requires some tweaking.
- The first issue I encountered involved the fact that the bolt attaching the rear reflector to the fender was so long it prevented the wheel from turning.
- This was totally unexpected and no amount of adjusting the rear fender could cure it.
- I wound up cutting off the end of the bolt with a dremel saw.
- I made the mistake of assembling the bike on the weekend when their customer service was closed, so that was the best solution.
- They later suggested swapping the fender struts to cure this, although honestly I don’t know why this would come from the factory with such a design problem.
- In fact, there are detailed assembly instructions on the company’s web site under each model with good, closeup photographs.
- Unfortunately, I didn’t find this out until after I had assembled the bike, but at least I was able to correct a mistake I made with the rear rack.
- Having said that, the bike looks great, rides very well, is light weight, and my daughter loves it.
- It’s just being used on a college campus so I figured it would be fine- when I got it, not only does it not come assembled ( sure, I didn’t expect it to be assembled so I wasn’t too disappointed) however it doesn’t come with an instruction manual and the instructions on the website DOES NOT HAVE THIS EXACT BIKE.
- In all actuality, it took over 10 people trying to put it together- and at least three of them are engineers.
- Plus, as soon as my RA rang the little bike bell, it promptly split in two.
- Unless you really really really know the inner workings of a dutch style bike and have experience, don’t expect to just snap this together and ride off into the sunset the same day.
- Not sure I would buy this again for the price, considering I should have taken in for a professional to put together.
- It does certainly look adorable in the salmon/coral color I bought.
- I think Critical’s reviews on their actual site are filtered to only show 5 star reviews.
- This isn’t a horrible bike for the price, but I could never give it 5 stars.
- And I know it’s inexpensive, but I bought a bike in the same price range and mine is significantly sturdier and all around better.
The bolts and nuts are made of a super soft metal, so unscrewing them leads to their stripping, which we all know is the most infuriating thing in the world.
- The back bolts are so tightly screwed on that it’s impossible to take off with a wrench without stripping them.
- The light is plastic and didn’t come with proper mounting equipment.
- The kickstand is a little too long for the bike so it barely leans, causing it to topple over the other side with the slightest incline.
It’s a nice color and looks good from a distance.
- Gets you from point A to point B without too much trouble.
- It is aesthetically pleasing and cost a fraction of what Public bikes are (which is what I originally wanted)!
- However, I haven’t had it more than three weeks and I am finding a lot of issues.
- It makes a rattling noise every time I ride it, which is annoying and loud.
- Even after I tightened all the nuts and bolts, it still makes the rattling noise!
- I put about 75 PSI on Monday and by Friday it is at 40 PSI.
- I’m going to look into new tires to put on it since these are definitely sub-par.
- UPDATE (11/9/15):
The headlamp was too heavy and kept falling over (hitting the front fender), and eventually one day, it fell off completely as I was riding home from school due to the weakening of the already cheap metal being bent back and forth.
- The struts that attach the fenders to the wheel and the areas that have screws or fasteners have all began to rust even though I keep my bike away from the elements.
- I originally bought the fixie model, but it didn’t work out for me.
- You don’t know how many people stop me on the street to ask where I got it from.
- The price of the bike is perfect and assembly took around 25-30 minutes.
- It brings the headlight, bell, and rear panel for paniers which was awesome!
- I really love my new bike and I use it every day to go to work, for exercise, and for nice strolls on a lazy day.
- Nothing special and probably should have just purchased from local bike shop.
- Once I got it together and figured out, all in all it is a great bike.
- The bike arrived and fits together easily enough, except like many others, the pedals don’t thread on, the handlebars are incredibly cheap metal,…
- My dad is great at assembling stuff from refrigerators to computers so I thought my dad would be able to assemble this bike for me.
Critical Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru 7-Speed Shimano Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle
- The Step-Thru frame is designed for easy on and off, as well as comfortable riding for all kinds of clothing.
- The steel tubing and progressive frame geometry are designed for an upright riding position enabling a softer ride than your typical city bike.
- Incredible Components Shimano 7-Speed Drivetrain is perfect for longer distance riding as well as easier pedaling on hills.
- For your convenience the Shimano Revo shifting mechanism is controlled via a grip-twister that allows you to shift gears without sacrificing control of the handlebars.
- Standard on each bike are Kenda Kwest Tires, the perfect hybrid/touring tire designed with smooth rounded tread with large water dispersion grooves.
- Many upgrades are also included such as front and rear fenders, vintage-style bullet headlamp (batteries not included), a mid-century bell, rear rack, and sealed bottom bracket.
- Upright handlebars will keep your eyes on the road while being easier on your back.
- Hybrid Bicycles blends the features of more specialized bikes like road bikes, touring bikes, mountain bikes, and cruiser bikes to produce a user-friendly bicycle that fills general purposed such as commuting.
- They are some of the most popular bikes simply because they are comfortable, stable, and and easy to use for beginner cyclists, casual riders, and urban commuters.
- These hybrid bikes are designed for a happy medium between comfort and fitness.
- Many Options Step-Thru Seven Speed City Bikes are available in Cream, Black, and British Racing Green.
- If you are in between sizes, we recommend going with the smaller size.
- Critical Cycles bikes are built to last with brand-name components.
- No matter if you use your hybrid City Bike to commute to the office, or for recreation and exercise, we’ve got you covered.
- Though our bikes offer a smooth and reliable ride above all, our bikes come in a wide variety of bold color combinations that will allow you to express yourself as a rider.
- Critical Cycles City Bikes can get you the look of a customized bike without the custom price tag.
- We want to see you get out of your car, out of your cubicle, off the sofa, and onto a Critical Cycles bicycle.
- Buying a bike has never been easier or more inexpensive!
- Each bike includes the tools you need to attach your front wheel, pedals, handle bars, and saddle in 20 minutes or less.
- My wife is happy with it, and it’s for her, so in the end, that’s good.
- I did the basic assembling, but the brakes and wheel hub bearings in particular needed adjusting on ours.
- Most shops will also fully assemble and tune the bike for you, but again, this “hidden cost” adds to the cost of the bike.
- Maybe you are willing to just assemble it out of the box and not worry too much about fine-tuning.
- For me, I wanted to be sure the bike – brakes especially but also shifter, wheels, hubs, etc.
- It all looks good, but on closer inspection none of the components are particularly well-built and all but the shifter/derailleur are no-brand parts.
- Kind of what you expect at such a low price point – I get that.
- For that difference, the Public bike had a step up in all components – brakes, shifter, derailleur, etc.
- On a bike, you really get a better, safer machine when your components aren’t bottom-rung quality, so this is a big deal to me.
- In the end, with my wife’s strict budget, this was the only bike she was willing to buy in this style (which is the style she wanted).
- The baby blue is “cute” and nice and feminine, so again, Wife loves the look of this bike.
- At least I got her on a bike and we’re having fun, but in hindsight, paying only a little more for other brands (like, but not just, Public) would have gotten us a solid step up in quality and components.
- Most reviews on their site is for their fixed gear bike.
- Inside the bike was mostly assembled as claimed by the manufacturer.
- The instructions on the website were for their fixed gear bike.
- However taking stock of the parts it seemed like it only needed a few screws here and there, and the front wheel installed.
- Customer support was very quick in answering questions.
- Once assembled I took it to the bike shop for brake tuning which cost 15 dollars.
- On the first couple of rides, it rides beautifully, minor issues, need to readjust front brakes as they do not make contact with the wheel.
- The shifters are effortless and display what gear you are in.
- Notable Flaw:
Kickstand is too long, so bike falls over every time.
- Its not a deal-braker but an annoyance that my 300 dollar bike cant stand on its own.
- Also the light looks metallic in the picture but is in fact metallic-looking plastic.
- Assembling it was finicky and an integral plastic bit inside that held the battery compartment to the plastic frame flew off as I was trying to put a screw in.
- The battery compartment is secure but might fly off on a bump.
- Also cant figure out how the light attaches to the front.
- At the moment it is dangling ungracefully from the front of my bike.
- In conclusion good bike, except for light and kickstand issue.
- Also there is some vibrations on the pedal and I believe it might be the rear fender rubbing against the wheel as I read in another review.
- Since it doesn’t cause any other issues I might fix it at some point.
- Update 8/1/2013
Well I have had this bike for a few months, rode it everyday for a while to get to class, and I must say it is a pretty good ride.
- I fixed the kickstand by bending it with my foot, the light is still not on nor do I know how to put it on.
- I have gotten compliments on it which has never happened to me with any other bike.
- The cream color means it will show dirt and marks but its no deal breaker.
- The package was in rough shape, however, it seemed to be wrapped well inside of the box.
- As I took everything out, there were no assembly instructions to be found.
- As I put it together though, there was a dent in the front fender and both the front and rear fenders had been bent/torqued so when they were in, they did not align with the tires.
- The mounting brackets interfere with the rear brake no matter how you assemble or adjust it making the rear brakes worthless if you have the rack on.
- I ordered a replacement hoping to salvage the bad parts, but the new one arrived and it also had a dent in the front fender.
- At that point I decided to cut my losses and return the bike.
- The fender pinched my back wheel abruptly, sending me straight to the sidewalk.
- After just 1 year, it started rusting-parts came off, colors faded, etc.
- That’s why it won’t show up as a verified purchase on this review.
- However, there was a problem with the product right out of the box.
- I used it for 12 months only in the warm weather, it was sitting in my garage otherwise.
- Went to use it this spring and the back hub simply cracked in half.
- Didn’t notice until I had put the whole thing together.