My Bike

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.

Merida Crossway Urban 20-MD
Merida Crossway Urban 20-MD. As new in May 2017

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.

TypeHybrid
Frame Size52cm
ForkAluminium Straight Blade
DerailleurShimano Acera-X 8 Speed
Shifters and Brake LeversShimano EZ Fire (8 Speed)
BrakesAvid BB5 Mechanical Disc (replacement, front and rear)
Promax-300 MTD Mechanical Disc (original)
ChainsetShimano Tourney FC-TY301 – 48-38-28 with chainguard
BBSetSquare taper with cartridge bearing
ChainKMC X8-99 8 Speed (replacement)
HubsMerida alloy disc hubs with allen key fitting
RimMerida alloy disc
CassetteB’Twin 8 speed 12-32 (replacement)**
Shimano CS-HG41, 8 speed, 11-34 (replacement)
Sunrace CS8, 8 speed, 11-32 (original)
TyresContinental Contact 32c
Merida Cross 38mm (original)
SpokesChrome plated steel
StemMerida Comp 6061 Aluminium 15 Degrees
HandlebarMerida Comp, 25mm rise, 660mm cut to 620mm.
GripsErgon GP4 (replacement)
Stock ergonomic grips (original)
HeadsetConoid
Seat PostMerida Speed Alloy 27.2mm
SaddleCrossway Sport
PedalsMKS BM-7 Flats
Comfort Double (Flats)
Rear Rack*Topeak Super Tourist DX
Security*Mounted frame lock
Weight12.70kg (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.

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