Fixed Gear Urban Commuter Bicycles

Critical Cycles Harper Single-Speed Fixed Gear Urban Commuter Bicycles

The bike I am going to review today can be termed as simple, but elegant.

If you want a two-wheeled machine that you can use as a daily commuter, then this is your guy.

But if you have uphill terrains in mind, then I’d suggest that you don’t read any further as this one isn’t for you.

Nonetheless, below we are going to talk about the bike at length, discuss its key features and answer some common questions about the bike.

So, shall we begin?

Critical Cycles Harper Single-Speed Fixed Gear Urban Commuter Bike Review

What I like about critical cycles is that they are constantly trying to improve their products. Though they haven’t been in the industry for long, they have managed to improve the quality each year. Keeping with their reputation, this one is also of A1 Standard and bound to impress you.

This one is a single-speed fixed gear bike and thus ideal for use in flat areas. However, if you are thinking about using it in hilly areas, drop the idea because this one won’t cut it.

Based on appearance, the cruiser is one of the best in the market. It has a traditional look with the steel frame and horizontal dropout. The bike is very lightweight and can be compared to the bicycles with aluminum frame. Also, the brakes are quite good and do their job remarkably well.

If you are a tall guy and measure more than 6 feet, you need to buy one of the larger models. For the smaller ones are made for guys of medium height ranging from 5'4" - 5'10". Regarding build quality, it’s as good as you can expect from a budget cruiser.

Design 

When it comes to aesthetics, it scores big time with me. Though these bikes are bought for comfort rather than aesthetics, being good-looking doesn’t hurt.

A minimum amount of plastic has been used in the vehicle to give it a premium look. Only pedals, reflectors are made of plastic.

Though some people have complained that the paddle looks a bit cheap, I am not of the same opinion. Nonetheless, if you find yourself in agreement with the former, you can upgrade it to an aluminum set for around 10$.

Furthermore, there’s enough room for leg extension so that you can cruise comfortably.

Speed

As I have mentioned earlier, this one is a single-speed bike.

Though you can travel some serious distance with this one, you will have to do it on flat terrains. For the bike isn’t suitable for riding in mountainous terrains.

However, it runs very fast and much quicker than the other fixed gear bicycles.

Also, paddling is effortless and won’t tire you easily.

Tires

I must admit that you won’t be thrilled to see the tires. Due to being not being wide bumps are felt more acutely.

So, if you are going to ride your bike on poorly made roads with potholes, then you might be in trouble.

Seat

I’m neither amazed nor appalled by the seat.

They are kinda ok.

Though the saddle isn’t very soft, it doesn’t make your bottom uncomfortable either.

However, there’s no risk of the seat getting torn as it looks solid.

Nonetheless, if you prefer softer seats, you can always replace the saddle for a few bucks.

Brakes

Budget-friendly bikes seldom come with such great brakes.

They are very responsive and work like a charm.

Granted, they aren’t the best bikes out there, but considering the price it’s fabulous.

In short, you can count on them to have your back when you need to stop the vehicle at a moment’s notice.

Assembly

Assembling the bike is a breeze.

Out of the box, most of the cruiser is already assembled, and you only need to do the easy parts.

Also, all the instruments that you need to install the tires, seat, and the handlebar are included in the package.  However, you will need to buy a Phillips screwdriver separately for you will need it to adjust the reflectors.

Another thing that you’ll need to purchase is the bicycle pump. They are very inexpensive and can be bought for a few bucks.

Keep in mind that the included toolbox isn’t of the highest quality. But then again you need to remember that you have bought a cruiser, not a toolbox.

Weight capacity

The critical cycle is rated for 220 lbs, which is standard for this kind of bikes.

Nevertheless, it can carry people that are about 250 lbs.

Pros

  • Very easy to navigate
  • Sturdily built
  • The brakes are highly impressive
  • Able to go long distance
  • Sleek design
  • The unit includes tool kits to facilitate assembly

Cons

  • The seat could have been a bit softer
  • Skinny tires will make you notice the bumps on cracked pavements

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need to install the brakes?

No, you won’t have to install the brakes by yourself for the brakes come already installed. However, you may need to adjust the brakes a bit before you get started.

2. Is the bike lightweight?

Yes, it is. Not that it’s ultralight, but it weighs about only 25 pounds.

3. Do the necessary tools come with the unit?

Yes, almost all the important instruments are included with the bike. Nonetheless, you will need to buy a bicycle pump separately as it doesn’t come with the package.

4. Is it possible to add a basket to the bike?

You should easily be able to add a basket to the bike.

5. Are the decals removable?

No, it isn’t. The stickers are the part of the paint, and hence you can’t remove them. But they don’t look bad. Right?

Final Word

To be honest, I find this bike really interesting.

It features quality components, looks stylish and comes at a very reasonable price.

But different people have different preferences.

So, let me know what you think about the bike in the comments section below.

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