At the moment I have one bike – a hybrid – that I bought in 2017 to get me back into cycling. It’s a fairly budget model, but at the time of writing it’s done about 6,400 miles and suits me for rides of roughly 20-30 miles before starting to get really uncomfortable.
Since its purchase, a few parts have changed as components have worn out or I’ve wanted changes to improve the ride for me – a new cassette with lower gearing to make climbing a bit easier, grips with bar ends for more comfort in the hands, an aftermarket rack for better luggage transport. The bike likely won’t remain my main ride forever – I’m pondering over a touring cycle or similar that will hopefully be more comfortable for extended rides – but this does me well for the time being and even if I do upgrade, this may well remain as a spare/runabout/guest bike.
|Fork||Aluminium Straight Blade|
|Derailleur||Shimano Acera-X 8 Speed|
|Shifters and Brake Levers||Shimano EZ Fire (8 Speed)|
|Brakes||Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc (replacement, front and rear)|
|Chainset||Shimano Tourney FC-TY301 – 48-38-28 with chainguard|
|BBSet||Square taper with cartridge bearing|
|Chain||KMC X8-99 8 Speed (replacement)|
|Hubs||Merida alloy disc hubs with allen key fitting|
|Rim||Merida alloy disc|
|Cassette||B’Twin 8 speed 12-32 (replacement)**|
|Tyres||Continental Contact 32c|
|Spokes||Chrome plated steel|
|Stem||Merida Comp 6061 Aluminium 15 Degrees|
|Handlebar||Merida Comp, 25mm rise, |
|Grips||Ergon GP4 (replacement)|
|Seat Post||Merida Speed Alloy 27.2mm|
|Pedals||MKS BM-7 Flats|
|Rear Rack*||Topeak Super Tourist DX|
|Security*||Mounted frame lock|
|Weight||12.70kg (as stock)|
* aftermarket addition
** only viable replacement option in June 2021, when the pandemic coupled with a surge in demand for cycle parts meant a replacement Shimano 11-34 was not available.