Now that Zosia is able to ride on two wheels and is getting more and more confident as the weeks go by we thought it was time to invest in bicycles for mummy and daddy as well. With that in mind we did a little research – called Michael Dembinski – and then popped off to see what was available at Ski-Team.
We had previously looked around supermarket bikes, particularly from Decathlon, and whilst they seemed okay we were not sure of the quality of the parts and they didn’t seem all that cheap either for what we wanted. Ski-Team were clearly operating at the good end of the scale, in fact our bikes were almost the cheapest they had! Ours cost around 1,500 PLN each (after 10% discount for using a certain brand of card to pay) but you could easily pay 4x that amount and even as much as 13,000 if you wanted! That’s a big difference from the few hundred you can get a bike for but compares very well to the prices in Decathlon for something not as good.
We were after bikes to use around the area near home, that means 90% parks and other uneven surfaces and 10% roads and paved surfaces. We therefore ended up looking for things with aluminium frames, chunky tyres, a bit of suspension & good gearing. It came down to a choice between “Gary Fischer” and “Cube” and after some consultation and checking we went for the German designed and made Cubes. The prices were pretty much identical but the Cube has a better spec. They have a very good quality feel to them although being a cycle novice I have no hard evidence to back that up. Those who know more might be able to see that, or disprove that, from the specs in the links below.
I’m sure the bikes are capable of far more than we are but these aren’t things you buy often so hopefully this is all we’ll need for many years. You can read more about the bikes here or here if you wish.
I must say I was generally happy with Ski-Team’s choice and service (by Polish standards) but the work they did fitting things like security chain holders and bidon holders left a little to be desired so if you do buy there please get deeply involved in the locating of these things. For example, the security chain has to slide out of the holder upwards (as seen on the photo of my bike below) but they’d fitted the damned thing so far up the seat spoke that it was impossible to get the thing out without removing the saddle. We’ve now given up with that and just hang them around the handlebar central hub.
We gave them their inaugural run today, twice around Młociny park with a refreshment break at McD’s! Considering it is a fair number of years since I rode a bike that far it doesn’t feel too bad. Maybe tomorrow things will be aching! In an ideal world I’d like to be able to raise the handlebars just a smidge but it looks as though there is no way to adjust the height of them. They are fine where they are if there is no adjustment but I can’t help feeling I’m being a bit stupid here. There is a joint that looks like it does something with the handlebars but I think it might just be sideways adjustment rather than up-down.
Here are a few photos –