Gear Review

4 5

Awesome bike.

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I just got this bike yesterday, and I love it. I am a single speed rider, as riding fixed on a college campus sounds like an invitation to the hospital.

It's a very, very pretty bike and people are very quick to point that out. It is fantastically designed.

It rides nice, and rather importantly for me, new to single speed commuter bikes, it climbs really nicely too. As long as you don't get stuck behind a car who slows down going uphill!

My main issue is the lack of rear brake. I understand why it didn't ship with one, but my first ride was pretty scary, having to rely on the front one alone. I'm planning on getting a rear brake and getting the drop brake levers too, because I tend to ride on those more than I anticipated.

Should you get it? Yes! Support Civilian! They're a nice little company. Just consider that you will, unless you plan on dedicating yourself to fixed, need to get a rear brake for your own safety.

** Edit: 200 miles later, I still really love this bike! I will note that the paint chips off this bike easier than other bikes I've owned, but it's really just me being nitpicky.

Responded on

here's an article on why you would only use a front brake:

http://sheldonbrown.com/brakturn.html

in short, the front brake is much more efficient than the rear, and if you're only going to have one (simplicity is the idea of single speed and fixed gear), then the front is the one to have.