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Things I like: the Kona Africabike

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We took delivery of one of these a short while back and it sat in the box for a bit while we worked up the strength to lift its 42lb heft out, and remembered to bring some ols-skool spanners to put it together with. I've been riding it around the last couple of days and I'm fast falling in love with it, it's such fun. Things i particularly like include:

  • the coaster brake: I'd forgotten just how much fun they are, although it does make kerb hopping a dangerous activity if you forget!
  • the rack: steel tubing welded in as part of the frame. you can carry anything on it, i've done stints as a passenger and it'll take my 100+kg without so much as batting an eyelid. it's got bolt holes so you can fit a platform too, i'll be doing that this weekend
  • the big sweepy bars: great for cruising and lots of room for your legs when you're standing up – which you need to, a fair bit  1
  • the step through frame: so practical and retro chic

The big test comes tonight when I have to haul it back up the 2.5km, 5% climb to the homestead. I'll be thinking of it as resistance training...

Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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