Just like many people, I bought this bike to increase my outdoor social distancing activities. I am not a cyclist and I live in a flat state, so I didn’t need more than the 7 gears on this bike. I saw this one on Amazon then came onto this site to read through the reviews and found for the price, this would work for me. When I received the package, the box was damaged with the kick stand showing through but the bike seemed fine. Everyone said the front brakes are tricky, but my boyfriend was able to tighten them up just fine (not listed in the instructions). Finally the tires, even though brand new from the box, needed some air. We put the pump on and it read 60 PSI. The front wheel says max 85 PSI, so we were going to fill it to 80. Once we hit 65 PSI, the tube popped. This was so disappointing and an inconvenience to take it into a bike shop with a flat tire. They told me the tubes looked pretty old and were poor quality. Granted the 2 tubes cost me $32 ($8 each tube then $16 flat labor) it made me worry what else was cheap about this bike and could potentially be dangerous while riding. I contacted Retrospect the day of and I have yet to hear back. I wouldn’t bother with a company that doesn’t even have time to respond to their customers.
I typically ride a higher end road bike, but I wanted something I can use to carry things when I go to the farmers market and the library and something I can wear regular street shoes with. It also had to be cute and relatively inexpensive. This bike fit the bill perfectly! I love the retro style and so far it seems to ride nicely. I did give 4 stars for a few reasons. The cool mint color is really more aqua, slightly more saturated than the picture shows and not so much mint. I still love it but it is definitely blue. There were a few spots where the paint was rubbed off, especially on the edges of the fenders. It’s not really noticeable just a bummer on a brand new bike. The kickstand had also punctured the box and the black plastic coating on the end was completely shredded. The fit in the box was really tight, the box wasn’t crushed at all, but the end of the kickstand was poking out through a hole in the side. Again not a big deal just a bit of a bummer. Overall this seems like it will be a great bike and I can’t wait to head to the farmers market!
Overall a very attractive bike, but not the best choice for a hilly commute, despite the description of being suitable for the Bay Area. I'm in Portland, OR, in a neighborhood near some dormant volcanoes - aka lots of random hills. I have to shift from 7 to 1 just to get up the smaller hill at the end of my street :| It's been a while since I've biked regularly, so I'm sure that's part of it, but overall a bit discouraging and causes me to use much less or else plan specific rides that avoid the steeper hills. The bike arrived in good condition, in three pieces. I thought the assembly would be more complex, so that was a great surprise, but even after following the instructions correctly the brakes squeaked and the gears wouldn't change well. Also, the handlebars were at a weird upright angle that made changing/reading the gears impossible. I didn't see anything in the instructions about adjusting the handlebars at all. Wound up bringing to a bike shop for a safety check (another $50) where they fixed up the brakes and gear shifts and also pointed out that some of the pieces involved in the gear shifting were bent - this is probably from shipping and it seems they fixed it. A few rides later, and the brakes are squeaking again, gear shifts are delayed and noisy, and I can't return even though I’m in the 50 day window because the bike has been assembled. Not super satisfied with the return policy given that you'll obviously need to assemble the bike to determine if it's suitable for you, and getting it back into that box in those three pieces is almost worth just eating $240. This will be a leisure bike at most and I'm already considering buying something else to replace it.
so far so good!
Fantastic bike, and very pretty! The basket I had fit perfectly on the back wheel rack. The seat is really hard on the bum, the tire guards are bent a bit, the bolts occasionally loosen unexpectedly, and the gears rattle. But, overall great bike for commute between work and home!