Welcome to our new series, The Average Bike (that’s me). I’m Matt and I know very little about bikes. I got a new road bike and I will be learning about the bike, and biking in general, with you. Throughout this series, I will talk to people who know a lot more about bikes than I do, and when something goes wrong, I’ll get it fixed. This Nishiki Maricopa was purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods and with the bike, I purchased a 2 year warranty.


  1. I know what you mean about the price versus the quality. I had an old mid-1980s Schwinn road bike that I’ve been riding a lot but was ready to update to something lighter, and I didn’t want to spend a fortune to get a Trek or Cervelo or something similar that’s considered by bike-savvy people to be of decent quality. I wanted a mid-range bike, something of good quality, and didn’t want to just settle for the questionable GMCs that Wal-Mart sells. But on a lot of web sites people said that you have to spend close to a thousand bucks to get a bike of acceptable quality, and that just seemed ridiculous to me. In other words, I have to buy a Tour de France-caliber bike just to have something that isn’t considered low-quality? Anyway, I surfed around for reviews of the Nishiki Maricopa, and I found a number of reviews that said it was good quality for the money, and ultimately I ended up buying one. So far I like it a lot, but for a bike in this price range, things like the seat splitting (or whatever other silly problems may come up) should not happen.
    Also, I think I can help you out with the gear-shifting situation. I had to figure it out too, since my old Schwinn didn’t shift this way. The left-hand shifters control which chainring (the three gears where the pedal cranks are) the chain is on, and the right-hand shifters control which of the smaller rear cogs (at the rear axle) the chain is on. There are 3 chainrings and 7 rear cogs, which gives you a total of 21 speeds. And you probably already know this, but usually you’ll use the right-hand shifters most often to control which of the 7 gears you need to go up hills or go down hills and whatnot. On the right side, you’ll use the brake lever shifter to shift down and the smaller shifter to shift up. On the left side, it’s the opposite – the brake lever shifts up, the smaller one shifts down. Think of it this way – when you shift on the left-hand side onto the small chainring in front, all 7 of those frequently-used right-hand gears will all be in a lower overall gear, which helps when you’re going up an incline or hill. When you’re on the middle chainring, those 7 gears will all be in a medium overall gear, which is pretty much good for when the road is mostly flat. And when you’re on the large chainring, the 7 gears will be in a higher overall gear, which helps you go faster when you’re going down an incline or hill.
    I don’t know if all that makes sense, but hopefully it helps. It’s sort of the kind of thing that you really just figure out if you pay attention to where your chain goes when you shift. Hope this helps, and sorry this post is so long!

  2. I have the black 52CM version of this bike. The saddle is for sh*t and is extremely heavy for any saddle. I replaced it with a far lighter Nashbar CR1 saddle.

  3. Hey make an update… These vids made me go get one, and I've had it for about a week now. Let me know how yours is standing up.

  4. Hey man, I just bought the same exact bike. You are right! the saddle is very stiff and uncomfortable.
    How did you change the saddle ? I can't find a screw or something to detach it.


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