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Pure City Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru City Bike Review

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The Pure City Cycles Ductch Style Step-Thru City Bike comes in a variety of speeds and colors to suit your needs.

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This review covers the Single-Speed, 3-Speed Shimano Nexus Twist Shifter or 8-Speed Shimano Acera with a 12-32 Cassette.

Key Specs

  • Brand: Pure City
  • Type: City
  • Model: Dutch Style Step-Thru
  • Gender: Women’s
  • No. of Gears: 1, 3, or 8
  • Brakes: Linear Pull Brakes
  • Frame Sizes: 43cm: 4’10”-5’3”, 45cm: 5’2”-5’10”
  • Weight: 43cm = 28 LBS, 45cm = 32 LBS
  • Assembly: Moderate
  • Ideal for: Commuting
  • Model for other sex: The Bourbon, The Vine
  • Where to buy: Amazon.com

Colors – The Abbey (Cream w/ Green), The Crosby (Sea Foam), The Langdon (White), The Western (Black w/White)

Pros

  • The bike is beautiful
  • It comes 70% assembled, so the rest doesn’t take much effort if you’re not new to bike assembly
  • The bike includes a lot of extra goodies
  • The brakes are great
  • Chain guard keeps oil and debris away from the rider
  • 1-year warranty

Cons

  • Seat can be uncomfortable for long rides
  • Bell is cheap and hard to use
  • It’s quite heavy compared to other models made of an aluminum alloy
  • Bike tools aren’t included
  • Current price is high
  • Warranty only activated with professional assembly from your local bike shop

Verdict

Well, there are more pros than cons listed above, but that doesn’t mean much in this case. Is it pricey? Certainly. But that can be said about anything nowadays.

This is a beautiful bike made for a woman. It’s strong, a little heavy compared to sports bikes, and comes with a lot of extra goodies. This is meant to ride and enjoy. There should be no time limit on fun, and there doesn’t have to be with this beauty.

Some upgrades may be necessary such as stronger fenders, a better bell, and maybe an extra seat pad (if your own isn’t enough) if you’re going to ride it for hours at a time.

But otherwise, it’s a great investment for health and entertainment needs. Just make sure to have it professionally assembled or you void the warranty.

Pure City Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru City Bike General Info

Pure City bikes are designed for the urban rider who needs a clean, powerful ride for commuting or general city traveling.

The narrow tires and sturdy steel frame ensure your travels will always be smooth. And as the bike comes in 3 different  speed options (1, 3 or 8 speeds) you can purchase the one which suits you’re needs for paved roads and walkways.

Gear covers protect your clothing from oil, and the classic retro style will draw attention and compliments every time you take it for a spin. Genuine Shimano parts add an extra layer of quality that’s uncommon for bikes in this style range.

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With two sizes to choose from on the women’s end, almost every need is covered for a safe and comfortable ride time and time again.

The kickstand, bell chime, reflectors, handle grips, rear rack, and matching fenders get you up and running without the extra upfront costs included with so many other adult bikes. Pure City ensures your biking experience will be a pleasant one.

And you have a one-year warranty to fall back on just in case it’s not.

Highlights

Pure City Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru City Bike

  • Duchies step-thru bike built with super strong hi-tensile steel frame, fork and Chromoly Downtube; enjoy riding in an upright position around the city
  • Choose between gears: 1-speed; 3-speed Shimano Nexus Twist Shifter; or, 8-speed Shimano Twist Shifter
  • Front and rear alloy caliper brakes and 3-piece Crankset and chain guard protector to keep oil from ruining your clothes
  • 30mm deep dish double-walled alloy rims with stainless steel spokes
  • Stylish yet practical features include: matching fenders, silver bell, kickstand, reflectors, rear rack, leather grips and leather saddle with springs

Key Features

Classic Design

Every Pure City Cycles model offers a gentle retro reminder of yesteryear. Regardless of color choice, you will get attention and compliments every time you ride your bike.

The wide saddle offers extra protection and the steel frame, as opposed to aluminum alloy, is reminiscent of a bygone era when things actually did seem to last forever.

Smooth Ride

Narrow tires, steel frame, wide seat, and safety gear is what you need in a city bike. And this one aims to please. No more bent over fast paced pedaling, no ma’am. This is classic upright riding fun all the way.

Front and rear alloy caliper brakes allow you to stop effortlessly and the 30mm deep dish double-walled alloy rims with stainless steel spokes won’t let little things like gravel and road debris slow you down.

Comfortable Fit

This specific bike is made with a woman in mind. Two size options ensure almost every woman’s height needs are covered. The wider leather saddle seat is classic and comfortable over slimmer modern options. And the chain guard ensures your good clothes won’t be soiled in town due to bike grease.

Extras

All too often, you spend several hundred dollars on a bike, only to have to buy all sorts of accessories just in order to ride it.

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Not this time! Matching fenders, a retro silver bell, a kickstand, reflectors, a rear rack, and leather handle grips are included. That’s a substantial bonus for a modern adult bike.

Customer Feedback

Reviewers give this bike 4 stars. While it’s beautiful and fits a woman’s body, some of the extras seem cheaper than they should be.

But there are extras! And that’s unusual in an adult bike of this quality. Steel frame and fork make it heavy for some women. But it’s steel as opposed to alloy. Steel is going to be heavier.

It’s relatively easy to assemble and adjust if you have bike hex keys…but you may void the warranty if you don’t have it professionally assembled.

Taking it to a bike shop takes the pro a few minutes and costs you under $30 in most cases, so it’s worth it. The retro style, color scheme, and woman-friendly sizing make it worth adding this to your gift wish list.

Q&As

Question: Where is this bike made?

A: They are made in Asia, like the majority of bicycle.

Question: How much does it weigh?

A. 43cm = 28 LBS, 45cm = 32 LBS

Question: Is the bike delivered already together or do I need to do that

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Answer: Like most shipped bikes a small amount of assembly is required. Usually this is the front wheel, handlebars and seat. Brakes and shifters may need adjustment to ensure smooth friction free use of them.

Accessories that help

This comes with just about everything you’ll need. The kickstand on Pure models tends to be flimsy, so that may need to be upgraded, as will the bell.

If you don’t have a bike tool kit, that’s essential for future adjustments. And what about a basket? The rear rack is great, but this type of retro bike just screams for a little white front basket with flowers on it.

And don’t forget the bike lock. The last thing you’ll want is to find someone’s run off with your beautiful city bike. We recommend getting one without a key so there’s no risk of you loosing it, just don’t forget your combination.

Try naming your bike and using that as the unlock code.

In Conclusion

The Pure City Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru is a bike meant to enjoy. Does it live up to the hype? Well, there’s really not a lot of hype on it until someone sees it in person.

But then, yes, it lives up to the hype. The current price could be better, but that can be said about anything. Shimano parts add to the luxury, as do the extras tossed into the package. This is a substantial bike meant to compliment a woman’s body. And it definitely does that.

There’s no doubt she’ll get attention every time she rides it…and for all the right reasons. The chain protector ensures chain oil stays away from skin and clothing. And the leather grip handles keep her in control of her destination.

The included bell chime, reflectors, rear rack, and kickstand add an extra layer of fun and safety you usually have to pay extra for in similarly priced models. While the saddle seat may be uncomfortable for those who don’t have extra padding of their own, it’s not a deal breaker by any means. This is a true beauty, and a great steal for your commuting or fitness needs.

–>> Click Here for Ratings, Reviews, and Pricing on Amazon.com <<–

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