Vilano Urbana Single Speed Folding Bike
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- Lightweight aluminum folding bike with coaster brake
- Quickly and easily folds for storage
- Great urban commuter in flat areas
- Folds quickly to 12" x 32" x 25"
- Super Lightweight - Weighs only 21.5 lbs.
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Vilano Urbana Single Speed Folding Bike
The Vilano Urbana is the perfect, lightweight commuter bike! This single speed folding bike requires minimal maintenance. The comfortable saddle, and rack/water bottle mounts are convenient. Consider the Vilano Urbana the ultimate stylish solution if you are short on space but still need to zip around town on your terms.
- Frame: Aluminum
- Wheels: 20"
- Minimal Assembly, Low Maintenance
- Dimensions: 12" x 32" x 25" when folded for storage
- Weight: 21.5 lbs.
- Mounts for water bottle and rear rack
This bike will arrive mostly assembled in a large cardboard box. Here is a brief list of what you need to do to complete assembly:
- Install handlebars
- Install saddle
- Install pedals (**the RIGHT pedal is installed clockwise, the LEFT counter clockwise**)
- True the wheels
- Tune the brakes
Room for a water bottle and a rack, the Vilano Urbana is an awesome city bike. Take it to the streets!
Is space at a premium? The Vilano Urbana is easy to fold and stow in a corner of your apartment or at work. It measures a compact 12" x 32" x 25" when folded for storage.
Vilano Bikes has offered affordable, quality bicycles since 2008. Check out Vilano's extensive online knowledge base with assembly helps, maintenance tips, product information and more.
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After doing that I marveled at its magnificent appearance and checked to see if the tires were full. They were not so I pumped them. Somewhere between 20-25 psi will do the trick. So I took it for a test run.
I hadn't ridden a coaster break bike since I was 8 (I am now 22) so it took a while for me to get used to pedaling backwards. I must say that I remember pedaling backwards to be more... Effective on my Women's cruiser bike from youth. The back pedaling on this bike works but it isn't an immediate stop. Makes me miss hand brakes a little bit but nothing practice can't fix.
Also, while I was in Chile, I rode a Men's steel-frame, 9 speed, mountain bike with 26" tires. In Santiago, I constantly kept the bike at the 4th gear. Riding this Vilano on flat ground, I felt as if I were in the 5th gear, maaaaybe 6th. So in my opinion, it's geared quite high. Not too high, just quite. Also, I had been scared of "spinning out" (the process of your legs not being able to keep up with the increased pedaling speed when going downhill, thus spinning out of control) with this bike since it has a coaster brake. Surprisingly, when going downhill, you don't have to pedal. Now, you won't go blazing fast, which also supports my theory that it's geared high, but I did not get the bike for speed, just efficiency. Overall I believe it handles wonderfully.
In Kansas City we have hills. Serious, serious hills. But they all have different grades and slopes. I tested the bike out on one of the more gradual hills. Though it is necessary to pace yourself with pedaling, it isn't as killer as I expected it to be. Before receiving the bike I had seriously contemplated turning it into a 3-speed. Now I will hold off on that project for a bit until I understand the full scope and capabilities of this bike.
I took a picture of the bike in my car. I'm not the type who will test to see if it folds in 10-15 seconds. I'll let some other reviewer do that. But, with some maneuvering of the handlebars, I did get it in there without having to bring my seats down, which was the goal. That is a Nissan Versa Hatchback if that helps anyone.
In conclusion, buy the bike. It's $223 for a super lightweight (the most lightweight folding bike I've found through my extensive research-no joking) commuter bike. It doesn't come with any problems and handles well. If you live somewhere where your hills are as steep as the Andes Mountains, add an internal 3 or 5 speed hub. Otherwise, I believe it fits almost anyone's needs.
So, in response to what I wrote earlier about it being "similar" to a bike geared in a 5th or 6th gear, I later found out my chainring had 52 teeth and the cog had 16 teeth. This created a ratio of 3.25. Since hills were still a bit of a burden in this setup, I had a friend give me a new chainring and I believe it has 36 teeth now. So that brought the ratio down to 2.25. Significantly more comfortable and I ride this bike 2 hours each Sunday. I hope this helps anyone who was wondering what the heck I meant earlier.
The threaded rod that is part of the clamping mechanism that holds the handle bar tube in place is cheap, cheap, cheap. It's awful. With not all that much pressure put on the handle bars (pulling on the handle bars as I was going uphill), the threaded adjusting rod stripped and pulled right out of the nut that holds it. Which left the bike unusable because the handle bars wouldn't stay in place.
I contacted the mfgr. and got a replacement but when I unscrewed the new adjusting rod from the nut in preparation to install it, it stripped. Apparently it was cross threaded during assembly. I got another replacement from the manufacturer only to find that it was as badly/cheaply made as the first two. It also stripped out when little pressure was put on it.
And no, I'm not a hack who doesn't know which end of a screw driver to use. I've worked on everything from cars to home appliances over the years with a fair amount of success and have the tools to do a proper job. The part is just junk.
That said, though, the rest of the bike does the job for which I bought it well. I'm having a proper adjusting rod made by a machine shop and once that is done, I expect good service from this bike.
Assembly: When it arrived I unfolded it put the center latch on and slipped on the handle bar. Assembly was as easy as that.
Other: When you adjust the seat and handle bar height hold the knob swivel the latch to increase the tightness to max (that will still allow the latch to close) and close the latch. My center folding latch was nice and tight when the bike arrived. But that could be tightened too.
What I like about this bike: Sturdy and well built high quality. Simple foot break, and single gear (no fiddly parts and thus low maintenance). A lot of adjustment room in seat and handle bar lengths. So, I raised the handle bar high enough for a straight back and good posture.
I ordered this bike on Amazon on Jan 2 and received it Jan 6th 2017. We had a snow storm in the area(Long Island) so I started using it Jan 12th. I got it for my commute as I take a train and my work is a little over a mile from the nearest stop. The bike developed a crack in the frame near the seat post as of Friday January 20th. That means I got only 7 round trip rides on it before the frame started to crack. So 15-20 miles max. I own a Full Suspension XTR equipped Mountain Bike and a Carbon Fiber road bike and have thousands and thousands of miles on those bikes. I had many bikes before those and never an issue. The bike seems sturdy so I'm shocked. Maybe they went to thin on the seat post area. Pics are attached. I really do like the bike in design, folding ability and simplicity maybe I just got a random factory defect. I'm going to exchange this one and write an updated post after that in hopes that I just got a random lemon and the line itself is good but as I right now stay away. You can see the crack and the seat post sleeve also was coming in which it should not do. I actually can't get the sleeve back in without a tool. I will keep riding the bike with no seat until I can get this situation fixed but that however is very uncomfortable.
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