We bought two Martello bicycles a few month ago and are happy with them so far. Quite solid without any issues or annoying squeaks.
Bought this bike a year ago, the brakes started squeaking after a few months, the paint is chipping and it is has started to rust.
At the beginning the gears would not change properly either, but this was serviced for free.
When the bike is folded up it is very awkward to carry and it does not stand on its own. This makes it a bit difficult to take on to busses or trains.
Hey guys. After almost a year, my bike is doing great actually. I cycle every day and it's still in mint condition, everything works great, loving it. Thanks for supplying Dublin with Brooklyns 🙂
This bike is fix, so obviously you will struggle uphill. But it has no difficulty traveling around dublin. and this bike is well designed, Nice bike for Me And No Huge Flaws Being Seen Until Now.
I loved the Martello clip fold up bicycle, I found it a very solid piece of kit, well built, sturdy and easy to use/ride. Downside is that it is big and quite heavy, didnt fit well into back of a Ford Fiesta and folds up a bit fiddly and awkwardly which kind of defeats the purpose of a fold up bike, but I think the ones that are like that are multiples of the price of the incredibly inexpensive clip.
She loves it, so comfortavle and basket is super, she says there could be a few more gears and the chain guard often hits against the hub/bike
Lovely to hear from you.
I was fond of Martello while I had her and recognise that I bought her without prior planning on a complete whim, though I recognised fairly quickly that she was a bike completely ill-suited to my needs. My 8km daily commute to work quickly involved tube and tyre replacements, along with significant maintenance.
The nuts, especially on the handlebars, came loose quite quickly (even though the threads weren't worn), something which, asides from the inconvenience, was actually quite dangerous. As the chain was prone to falling off - despite being oiled - I removed the chainguard as it was so difficult to get the chain on once it off. This bike is not definitely not designed for uphill cycles - it's very heavy and the peddles are particularly slippy in the rain.
I would describe the Martello as a bike designed for 5-10 minute cycles, ideal, as she is quite solid, for carrying some grocery shopping.
She is a pretty bike, and indeed got a lot of attention on this basis.
In retrospect, I would much rather have spent more money on a lighter, older Dutch-style bike with more endurance. I definitely wouldn't buy a steel bike again.
Being interested in sustainability etc, I regret the fact that she is not easily repairable and will probably be unusable within some time. I have subsequently been given a new bike and have yet to find a new owner for Martello.
Well done on creating your own branded bike - no easy feat, I'm sure! The design, aesthetically is really good, however I would encourage you to consider designing more sustainable bikes, which you could sell at a higher price - I believe the Bike to Work scheme would play in your favour here. Also, there are far better quality second hand bikes available cheaper or at a similiar price to Martello, and I think be
more and more people are interested in reusing, upcycling etc.
All the best in the future.
Very durable bike, solid for the commute, light for a steel bike, would definitely recommend.
It's great for going short distances around the city. But the tyres are very weak and I've had to get punctures repaired almost monthly
I rode my bike every day for three months and it never failed me!
I liked it so much that I decided to take it back to Germany with me instead of selling it in Dublin.
It now "lives" happily ever after in Berlin.
Great bike, is still good as new 6 months later. First time I've had a fixie and I don't miss having gears as I'm only ever cycling around Dublin. It's pretty light and plenty fast. If it ever gets stolen I'll be buying the same bike again - 5 stars
Completely unaware if it’s my fault or not but there are two tiny flaws I’ve noticed
1. The brakes seem to loosen over time
2. After a while it makes a noise as you pedal but I’m pretty sure the chain just needs to be oiled up
Otherwise it’s an excellent bike and whenever I’m in the shop that lads are always really helpful.. sound men!
when I first viewed the bike I said it was too small. the gent in the shop said I could raise the saddle to a certain point. having done this the saddle post began to bend and would not go down with ease. I brought it back. he lubricated it - said there was no real problem. the issue just got worse. the saddle wont really go down at all now. so it doesn't fold up really. I don't use it much at all since that.
bike itself was grand though.
Hey Rory, how are you man?! I suspected Martello was an Irish brand but had no clue that it was exclusively from BikesorBicycles, that's awesome! I am happy with mine which I got from you in august 2017, I am still using it everyday to work as a courier, it is a really resistant bike (I am not sure if it is the ''Avenue Black'' model though, once it is green, but anyway...) in my personal opinion as a user of the bike for more than a year in a everyday basis, it could be a little bit lighter. Nevertheless, comparing with the prices of others new bikes, for sure it is worth the value!!
Seizing the opportunity, I am researching for making an upgrade and get a new bicycle - or a faster one, or an electric - and wanted to know what is the chance of get a discount at your place for being a loyal customer? haha
Thanks in advance man and have a great week!
I bought my Bicicle one year ago, it’s a Martello Road, since then I never have a problem with it!! Nice Bicicle!!!!! I really like and recommend!!!