I'm not usually a fan of Dutch-style bikes – preferring fast, light road bikes – but the moment I started riding the Bobbin Blackbird I knew I was in for a treat! It's so easy to ride and very smooth, I had a smile on my face the entire time.
Frame and handlebars
The frame geometry is comfortable yet sporty, there's no need to sit upright (as with other bikes of this style), making the Blackbird much more fun to ride. The handlebars are straight, not curved like other Bobbin bikes and this suited me as my knees tend to hit curved handlebars. Straight handlebars also makes this bike easy to manoeuvre on tight turns - and I absolutely love the Duracork handlebar grips!
Gears and tyres
The bike comes kitted out with 8-speed Shimano Altus gears. It's a good range but I found the higher gears too tough to use on flattish London roads so stayed in the first four. The Bobbin Blackbird's smooth ride is thanks to extra strong Weinmann 700c wheels with Kenda 32mm tyres that absorb bumps in the road. Stopping is easy as the dual pivot Tektro brakes are sturdy and reliable.
Some practical add-ons include kickstand, chainwheel cover, mounts for a bottle cage, mudguards or pannier rack, duracork grips, Bobbin vinyl saddle, and rubber block pedals. It also comes in two eye-catching colours, a bright cornfield yellow and light teal. Personally, I'd go for the yellow!
Overall, the Bobbin Blackbird is great fun to ride around town! It's colourful and stylish, and the high-quality components feel reliable; so when you feel like racing down a hill really fast you can rely on your gears and brakes to keep you safe. I can't wait to take the Blackbird out for another spin. :)
The Bobbin Blackbird is available at Everyone Bikes in two frame sizes (43cm and 47cm) for £400.