Bicycle Review for the Fashion, Budget and Health Conscious

Bicycle Review for the Fashion, Budget and Health Conscious

Seeing as human emissions are accelerating the end of the world and all, it’s not surprising that bike commuting has gained popularity. One of the things I like to do on warm weather weekends is to ride a bicycle in a park. It is a 2-in-1 activity in which I get to enjoy the sights and exercise (Lord knows I struggle with this part! 🙂 ). I used to rent bicycles until a light-bulb went on in my head and I decided to invest in one of my own. I figured I’d give you my review of the Crosby bicycle in case you are in the market for one. And if you are here for the fashion, I got you, just keep scrolling.
DETAILS: Bicycle by Pure Fix Cycles- Crosby // Bag Comicon (similar here) // Midi Skirt  by Missguided (similar here and here) Crop Top (similar here and here and here) // Denim Vest by Gap Chuck Taylor All Star Classic  by Converse // Bracelet Trifted // Glasses Trifted // Sapphire Engagement Ring by Brilliant Earth // Eternity Wedding Band  custom made by LinLynnDesign (similar here) // Nail Polish by Sally Hansen- Red Eye
Here are the pros to this bicycle.
It’s affordable;
When I started looking for a bicycle, it was important that I got something that was durable but affordable (not the type of bicycle held together by duct tape and determination). The makers kept the price point for this bicycle in a reasonable range around $450 (Good bicycles these days tend to be, well, overpriced in my opinion). Pure Fix actually has a sale currently going on ($399 for any size or speed combination). If you are confident in your assembly skills, you don’t have to pay for assembly. You can also opt to pick up the bicycle in a local bike shop for additional $49. Or have them deliver a fully assembled bike for an extra $99.
Its pretty;
I mean, look at all that MINTY goodness! If I was being honest with myself, I’d admit that this was my main motivation for choosing this bike. With its sleek frame, that curvy silhouette, and classic vintage inspired design, I was sold before I even had a chance to check the specs! I thankfully have Mr. E for grown up things like that. And if mint green is not your thing, they have several colors to choose from.
You can wear whatever you like;
Now I am not saying wear heals to ride this bicycle. No. But the bike is compatible with a front or back basket (also sold on the site). But I digress, what I am trying to say is, you can wear a dress or pants alike and still ride in total comfort. This is due to the simple but well thought out addition of a step through. You don’t have to climb onto the bike and that is huge for me.
Comes in two sizes;
Having never purchased a bicycle before, let alone on the internet, I was nervous about this purchase. I am a tall woman at 5’11” so I was extremely pleased to find that this one comes in two sizes (43 cm and 45 cm). There is no shortage of city bikes, however, women’s bicycles have historically been limited in choice. I bought the medium (45 cm).
Comes in two speeds;
This bicycle comes in two speeds (3 speed and 8 speed). I opted for the 8 speed. I found that that the extra money was TOTALLY worth it on the day I decided to ride to Roosevelt Island with Mr. E.  Now if you only ride on flat ground, then there is no point. But trust me; I was thankful for the gears when riding up the hill with my very competitive husband.
The bicycle is not heavy;
If you live in New York, this is especially helpful. The 43 cm weighs 28 lbs and the 45 weighs 32 lbs.  I dont expect that you are planning to bench press the bike. But if you happen to need to go up or down subway steps, it is manageable.Now here is my scoop on the negative:
Yal know I’m only here to give you the realness. The bad news is that the warranty on the bike is not applicable unless you get it professionally assembled. 🙁 I had opted to assemble the bike myself because I live with Mr. E, duh! My bike arrived with the front guard bent out of shape. So we called the company to ask for a replacement part. What we received was a disclaimer. They really should make it clear that professional assembly is required BEFORE you buy the bike. Guys! Here I am paying to get the darn bike to a bike shop. Only to get there and have to pay an additional $80 to get it assembled because I did not buy the bike at that particular shop. I opted not to return and repurchase at a bike shop because ain’t nobody got time to lug this humongous bike in a box to the post office! Sigh. Thankfully they have good customer service and I was able to get the replacement part fairly quickly. OK, so the point of this story is that if you are in the market for a bicycle for exercise, fashion, environmental responsibility or whatever else, yes, by all means consider this bicycle a strong contender! Just do yourself a favor and purchase it at a bike store near you or pay the $99 to have them assemble for you.
TGIF! Now yal go out there and be great!
PHOTOS BY @lcowart (Lauren Cowart Photo)

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5 Comments

  1. Lebene
    April 30, 2016 / 3:35 PM

    Once I finally put my roots somewhere longer than 3 years I’m getting a bike so thanks for the info. The mint is 😍

    • Dinah
      May 1, 2016 / 3:12 PM

      Lol. Le struggle. Definitely took me a while to get a bike of my own; too much busy body

  2. April 29, 2016 / 3:22 PM

    That backpack is simply adorable!

    • Dinah
      April 29, 2016 / 6:25 PM

      so funny story. Me and Lauren (the photographer)are shooting this look and a guy comes walking by with this backpack. Im looking at the bag going, I want a picture with that bag! So i chased him down. And its safe to say we are BFFs now.Lol. Thanks for reading hon!

      • DM
        May 3, 2016 / 4:29 PM

        Hahaha that is so you! Love it!

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