My Bike

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At the moment I have one bike – a hybrid – that I bought in 2017 to get me back into cycling. It’s a fairly budget model, but at the time of writing it’s done about 4,500 miles and suits me for rides of roughly 20-30 miles before really getting uncomfortable.

Merida Crossway Urban 20-MD
Merida Crossway Urban 20-MD. As new in May 2017

Since its purchase, I’ve changed a few bits, but three years on the bike is still very much the same machine it was. The bike likely won’t remain my main ride forever – I’m pondering over a touring cycle or similar that will hopefully be more comfortable for extended rides – but this does me well for the time being and even if I do upgrade, this may well remain as a spare/runabout/guest bike.

Frame Size52cm
ForkAluminium Straight Blade
DerailleurShimano Acera-X 8 Speed
Shifters and Brake LeversShimano EZ Fire (8 Speed)
BrakesFront: Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc (replacement)
Rear: Promax-300 MTD Mechanical Disc (original)
ChainsetShimano Tourney FC-TY301 – 48-38-28 with chainguard
BBSetSquare taper with cartridge bearing
ChainKMC X8-99 8 Speed (replacement)
HubsMerida alloy disc hubs with allen key fitting
RimMerida alloy disc
CassetteShimano CS-HG41, 8 speed, 11-34 (replacement)
Sunrace CS8, 8 speed, 11-32 (original)
TyresContinental Contact 32c
Merida Cross 38mm (original)
SpokesChrome plated steel
StemMerida Comp 6061 Aluminium 15 Degrees
HandlebarMerida Comp, 25mm rise, 660mm cut to 620mm.
GripsErgon GP4 (replacement)
Stock ergonomic grips (original)
Seat PostMerida Speed Alloy 27.2mm
SaddleCrossway Sport
PedalsComfort Double (Flats)
Rear Rack*Topeak Super Tourist DX
Weight12.70kg (as stock)

* aftermarket addition