wife bought this bike in 2008 in Thailand, mainly for commuting
purposes, for $120 new. I was dead-set against buying it, because
it seemed too cheap, but it has held up very well for 1.5 years
of almost daily commuting and the occasional ride to dinner with
me as the captain and my wife on the back seat (perfectly legal
lugs are the crudest you'll ever see, the fork is a unicrown and
an ugly one at that, the rear drum brake is a joke, especially combined
with the plastic brake levers (but the stamped metal front sidepull
works well), and the indexed shifting requires overshifting to get
into certain gears (but at least it's easy to do with the thumbshifter).
The nipples are plated steel and have started to rust (I just WD40
them on occasion), and the cranks, seat post, hubs, and bars are
steel as well. The paint started out as a metallic turquoise but
has faded to a much nicer bluish silver from 1.5 years of tropical
sun exposure at her work. An awful lot of bike for the money!
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