A guest post by Laura of Loose Nuts Cycles in Atlanta, GA
In my last post, several weeks ago, I introduced you all to the Swobo Fillmore. For the last month or so, I’ve been riding this bike and have an update for all of you interested in hearing more about it.
When this bike first arrived at Loose Nuts Cycles, I had mixed feelings. I love a steel frame and fork and I was looking forward to my first non-mountain bike with disc brakes, but for some reason I just wasn’t 100% in love with this bicycle. I couldn’t put my finger on it but it just wasn’t love at first sight even though, when I listed all of its great features, I felt like it should be awesome. I should have been stoked.
Luckily, the our first ride together changed my mind. The posture is casual and fun–like being on a fixed gear bike without all the extra work and attempted-coolness of riding a fixed gear. I ran errands and peddled around town quite a bit that afternoon. The bike rode really smoothly and handled Atlanta’s pot-holed streets like a champion. It was a beautiful spring afternoon, so a lot of people were out and about. At most of my stops and at some traffic lights, the bike received complements from cyclists and non-cyclists alike. That might have been because it was shiny and new-looking, but either way it made me feel as if I had misjudged this bike. It was fun, it looked cool, and it performed well.
Since then, I’ve spent a lot more time on the bike and have come up with a favorites/not favorites list for Phil (that’s what I named the bike. Get it? A Swobo Fillmore named Phil! I’m confident that there’s so much eye-rolling happening at my cheesy jokes right now.) Anyway, back to my list.
Overall, the 2013 Swobo Fillmore has won me over. I’m still not sure why it wasn’t love at first sight (maybe it was the accessories that were throwing me off), but I’ve definitely changed my mind. It’s not perfect, but it is fun, tough, and smooth. I would definitely recommend it for someone who rides for transportation and wants a bike looks good, but is also tough enough to handle frequent trips and some jumps and gravel along the way.
As a rep with QBP we are sometimes sent fun samples to try out, if we like them we can show them to shops and increase sales a bit in that category. Earlier this year I was sent some Abus lock samples, the coolest of course was this folding, cuff like, Bordo Lite.
Colors: Black (reviewed), red, white
As a bike commuter, and someone that likes to empower folks to use their bike everyday this lock excites me. I know, I am a nerd.
The lock is simple once you understand which way to turn the key to lock it back up. It is compact, and yet long enough to lock the front wheel. You can carry it on spare bottle cage mounts like I do, or you can use velcro and attach it to another tube of your bike and it isn’t heavy to put it in your jersey pocket if needed.
$90 is steep for a lock that isn’t a u-lock but the beefier brother to this, the Bordo 6000/90 is supposedly just as strong, especially in cold weather (retail of $129).
I don’t believe you’ll be buying this if your bike cost less than $700 or you are locking it up to run into the coffee shop. If you are design oriented, overly protective of your bike, and don’t want to carry a second lock or cable to lock your front wheel… this lock is for you. I’m completely sold on it and plan to buy one for my other commuter bike, and for both of my girlfriend’s bikes.
Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid or bribed for this review. The product was provided no charge as a work sample.
April 1st brings bad jokes, hints of spring and a great program called 30 Days of Biking.
30 Days of Biking, whose fourth year begins April 1, has one rule: Bike somewhere every day for 30 days—around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you—then share your adventures online.
Take the pledge with me and enjoy your April on two wheels. Personally, this is going to mean borrowing bikes, trying Bike Share in different cities and putting effort in to ride a bike once everyday as I travel but I am excited in the challenge, and I am excited to share my month on two wheels with you!
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