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Review: Reid SSCX Cyclocross Single Speed

Looking for a cheap entré into this winter’s cyclocross? Or just want a bike that’ll take you down a gravel road and back? Reid might have the answer for you in their single speed cyclocross bike, the Reid SSCX. How do you feel about Reid? I’ve ridden half a dozen of their bikes. What they deliver at the price is hard to knock. Doesn’t mean people don’t knock them. It’s easy to compare a $350 fixi …

Posted by SSGC on March 22, 2016

State Bicycle Company Thunderbird Cyclocross SSCX

I’ll have to admit I’ve never ridden in a cyclocross event before and I’m probably unlikely to in the near future.  That doesn’t stop me loving the SSCX from State Bicycle Company. CanRdly Treadlies were kind enough to loan me one for the arvo and they’re bloody lucky I gave it back. (Apart from the fact they know where I live I might have thrown it into the van and made fast my escape.) This bike …

Posted by SSGC on July 13, 2015

Reid Wayfarer Review

Reid have got the whole urban bike thing sewn up at the moment. I would have thought the Wayfarer would have difficulty finding space in a crowded line-up of similar bikes. In fact, with the Create at one end, the Virtue at the other, and the Harrier in there somewhere,  I wondered where the Wayfarer would fit in. Riding the bike, I saw how all these bikes fit together. That’s why, for you dear re …

Posted by SSGC on July 6, 2015

Everything old is Nuvinci again

According to the Nuvinci wiki page, the general idea for this continually variable transmission has been around since the 1800s. The concept therefore is mature even if (some would argue) the technology is not. It’s a technology that has intrigued me since it arrived and won a design award some years back. Watching this video left me none the wiser.   I generally like the idea of hub based ge …

Posted by SSGC on May 2, 2015

Review: Virtue One from Reid Cycles

I’ve lived a life without Virtue. I’m loyal to my friends and family. I love and respect my wife (when she’s not being too demanding) but I was without Virtue One. Until now that is. Now I have this Virtue: It’s new from Reid Cycles. This take on modern vintage is part of a series of bikes from Virtue that Reid Cycles now sell. I like the word “vintage” in this setting. It’s as truthful as it is m …

Posted by SSGC on September 7, 2014

Review: State Bicycle Co City Bike

We cycle because it’s fun. Or because we’ve had our license suspended. Mostly because it’s fun. But sometimes we lose focus on what it was that made cycling so much fun. I rediscovered it on the City bike from State Bicycle Co this week, courtesy of Can R Dly Treadlies. We find ways to complicate simple acts. Cycling is one of the simplest things we can do, but we complicate with it gears, fancy c …

Posted by SSGC on August 16, 2014

Review: State Bicycle Co Fixies

As Marlon Brando might have said, You could have ridden a Contender. You could have been someone. But State Bicycle Co wasn’t available in Oz, so you got something else instead, you got a bum ride. Well now they are available and you can turn around your failing life and ride off into the sunset on a bike that has style and substance. Something like this: The sun wasn’t quite setting but it was he …

Posted by SSGC on August 7, 2014

Review: Yes Bikes Fixie

Do you want a bike that is fast and light? Do you want a bike that is sharp and stylish? If you answered Yes to any of these questions then the answer to your questions is Yes. As in, Yes Bikes. Yes Bikes new bike is in some ways a continuation from the previous bike but in other ways it’s totally different. Styling cues have been brought over from the old bike, the slab-sided aluminium frame, the …

Posted by SSGC on March 26, 2014

Jube Hardtail Review

Goddamn this thing is good at squashing cane toads. It’s something only Queenslanders will relate to but the fat tyres do the job like nothing else I’ve tried. I don’t think any golf club was ever so efficient. Or even my mate Victor. The Jube Hardtail is also good at finding watering holes. Seemed every time I took it out we ended up at a pub or café drinking beer or red wine. Or whiskey. Whateve …

Posted by SSGC on February 1, 2014

Chappelli Cycles Bike Review

Those of you who read my last two bike reviews will know how I was challenged by the ride of those bikes. While I was ultimately won over by both bikes it was reassuring to swing a leg over a bike with a more traditional make-up. I felt at home on the Chappelli straight away.First up though, how’s it look? We all know we’re vain and insecure and need a bike to make us look good. No wait, that’s ca …

Posted by SSGC on December 1, 2013 Older posts

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