Since I needed a new bike, quickly – walking to work really sucks, especially in the rain – I ordered a Nashbar Hounder on Sunday night. It’s a pretty typical single speed / fixed gear road bike, with flat bars, caliper brakes, a flipflop rear hub, and 700×28 road tires on it.

(It was on sale when I ordered it – the total was about $205, shipped. I see that the sale has ended now, unfortunately.)

The bike arrived quickly, dropped off by FedEx on Tuesday morning. It was one flat box, so I thought that the assembly would be a bit involved. Fortunately, I was wrong. There were really only five major components – the frame/rear wheel/crank, the front wheel, the stem/handlebars, the seatpost/saddle, and a box with a few odds and ends (reflectors, pedals, front brake, etc.) There were no assembly instructions, oddly, but it only took me 45 minutes or so to get it all together.

I haven’t ridden it a lot yet, but I’ve taken it to campus and back a couple of times. The ride is smooth, though the higher-pressure tires make little bumps and pebbles more noticeable. It feels strange to corner and manuever on such thin tires, but I’m sure I’ll get used to it. It’s a heck of a lot lighter than the Escalade, too – the frame is chromoly, which probably helps. All in all, this seems like it will be a nice simple bike for the next few months.

9 Responses to “Hounder”

  1. Kevin says:

    “t’s a heck of a lot lighter than the Escalade”

    Becaus of no: Derailleurs, Down Hill Cranks, Racks, Disc brakes, Shifters, Massive External Bottom Bracket, Tire Liners and sand I put in the frame to slow you down on our rides.

  2. Pitt says:

    I imagine the website would have instructions, if you needed them.

    None of my cars came with instruction manuals either, but I put them all together OK.

  3. matt says:


    Considering the quality of the “Owners Manual” it came with, I don’t know that I’d trust the instructions. They basically have one manual that they ship with all of their self-branded bikes.

    Mine even came with a big sticker on the top tube, warning that I should check the quick release levers on the wheels before riding to make sure that they’re locked in. Neither wheel has a quick release.

  4. matt says:

    In other bike news, this is why we wear helmets when riding in Elma.

  5. Kevin says:

    Well better a crushed helmet than a crushed head.

    I don’t understand why someone would not use the brain bucket, must be Darwin’s way of weeding out.

  6. Adam says:

    People don’t were their helmets because maybe they don’t fear the results. Remember its always a good day to die. Plus with this guy surviving he is costing us all more tax money Medicare, SS, Merci Flights aint cheap people.

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  8. Dylan says:

    hey man i was just wondering what the trick was to assembling the handlebars its as if i’m missing a piece and did you take the cardboard off of the frame where the handlebars look like they should go. thanks

  9. matt says:

    Well, I put it together a couple years ago; as I recall, the handlebars just bolted onto the stem. Would you be able to send me a picture of yours so I can try and figure it out?

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