I have playing with the idea of bike riding to work for over a year now. I kept finding more than enough reasons why it just didn’t make sense; having to wake up a bit earlier, being sweaty for most of the day, how would I transport my clothes. You get the idea. Apparently what I needed was an extra 15 or 20 pounds that just doesn’t seem to want to go away. So at the end of the summer I decided to pull the trigger on a new bike and the commute to work. Although I have a road bike I wanted more of a commuter bike and less of a race type bike. I wanted something that wouldn’t hurt the bank account too much, but at the same time provide me with good quality and if possible nice looking. My search lead me to Pure Fix Fixed Gear Bike – specifically the Pure Fix with the X-Ray paint job (many other models, you can check them out on Amazon.)
When judging the components you need to keep in mind what you are dealing with. This isn’t a high end road bike, this is a budget level commuter bike. Luckily the components are limited compared to a multi speed bike. No bike derailleur, no gear gear shifters, no back break. All you are really dealing with is a front brake, pedals, and rear cog (one on each side of the wheel). Generally I am happy with all the elements. The brake pads look like they will need changing sooner rather than later, but that is a simple solution. The reality is I want a low maintenance bike for my commuter bike, I want to get to work and back without having to think about too much.
Although I read some good reviews on their bikes what convinced me to try them out was the paint job. The contrast of the yellow and green looked really cool on the screen and I can now say in person as well. Most people stop and take a second look.
And of course the ride, which I am enjoying, outside of the hill I have to climb at the end of my ride to work. I’ll admit that I miss being able to shift at that point in the ride, but really a minor inconvenience that really results in a bit of a work out, which isn’t a bad thing. I wouldn’t call the bike light weight, but I also would not classify it as heavy. The seat is a standard road bike seat, not a much extra padding, but nothing shocking here. Once again for a lower end commuter bike it is better than I would expected.
The only aspect I wasn’t overly impressed with is the handle bar grips. They are simple rubber grips that you slide on with a lot of effort. I ended up using rubbing alcohol to slide them on. I don’t really know how I would change them, but they are the only element that I say feels budget.