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Kyle Hotchkiss

Kyle Hotchkiss

Kyle Hotchkiss

Kyle Hotchkisswrote a review of on November 4, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've finally got to use this on a real ride and my only word is WOW. I don't even notice that it's on my back! Having iced water so close is seriously awesome.

I recommend it wholeheartedly!

The only bad thing? I can't fit my iPhone in the back pocket too well. No worries! not an advertised feature of the bag anyways,





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Kyle Hotchkiss

Kyle Hotchkisswrote a review of on September 8, 2012

4 5

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.