I’ve been debating how I wanted to review the Atir Cycles bike since picking it up a few weeks back. Should I ride it for a month or few months then review it, do a video review?? Then I woke up this morning and it hit me to do weekly updates over the next few months on the bike.
I want to start out by talking about Atir Cycles as a company. I’ve been in contact with Patrick and Cody of Atir for the last few months. These are two stand up guys who really have a passion for cycling and their brand. We’ve had a lot of conversations about bikes, art, and our love for cycling.They launched in 2013 and are based out of Lincoln, Nebraska. Being from the midwest is a plus for me, since I am in Kansas City. It’s also awesome to see someone else promoting urban riding in the midwest.
Now on to the bike. I received the Atir Cycles Glow bike a little over a week ago. My first impression of the bike: Damn! This thing is bright! I put the bike together and took for a few laps around my neighborhood to dial it in. All Atir bikes come 90% assembled, so it’s not rocket science to finish the build. If you don’t feel confident finishing the build, I highly recommend taking it to your local bike shop to finish assembling the bike. And if you decide to finish the build, do yourself a favor, and tear it down and regrease everything. This goes for any bike you have delivered to your doorstep. Atir Cycles bikes are also sold as single speed bikes with a flip flop hub. I ride fixed, so I flipped it around. Also, since they are sold as single speed, you don’t get cages or straps. If you decide to ride fixed, get straps or cages. I just through on my Egg Beaters.
I rode the bike to work the next day and in St. Louis last weekend. Like all new bikes, it takes a few days to get use to a new setup. Atir Cycles bikes come with risers, are geared 44-16, and 700c x 28c tires. I normally ride bullhorns, ride 46-17, and 23c tires. There isn’t much difference between the two gears. 44-16 is an easier gear to ride, especially if you have a few hills to climb. The wider tires weren’t a problem for me. They’ve held up really well riding around the city, absorbing most bumps, small pot holes, and other city road hazards.
So far, so good for the Atir Cycles Glow bike. Follow Cody of Atir Portland on Instagram and Facebook. And Follow Patrick of Atir Cycles on Instagram and Facebook. And, if you’d like to pick up one their bikes click HERE!