Sunday, April 3, 2011

in love with: my windsor oxford


I've had my eye on the elusive Windsor Oxford since the girls over at Design Sponge mentioned it in a bike-centric post. It seemed the perfect combination of good looks, classic styling, and FUNCTION—which for me is the winning combo. I already had a bike, a beautiful black and white Schwinn cruiser, that I got as a birthday gift from my mom back in college. It was love at first sight with it. I rode it around campus all the time.


(nice right? the thing rides like a Cadillac)


But within the last few years, I've gotten accustomed to riding farther and farther, and more often, for all those short trips and errands. I need to be able to conquer hills, feel nimble and quick riding in the streets, and be able to pedal my ass off when Jim is flying ahead of me. So when I saw the Oxford, it felt like a true match for what I needed. But I didn't buy, I just looked and drooled and coveted and hoped I would win the lottery.

Then Friday, I did.


I thought it was an April Fools joke. Somehow, my sneaky little boyfriend had ordered the bike, taken it to get assembled, and rolled it into our apartment without me having the slightest clue. I guess I had talked about it enough that he knew the color I wanted (a classic navy), and got help from my sister in getting the right size.

There were obviously a lot of tears at first but then I got really excited to ride it. We had plans on Friday night so we decided to take it out for its maiden voyage the next morning. We rode to Century Cycles to get some accessories, and then rode back to Lakewood to get brunch. The whole ride was about seven miles, and the bike rode like a dream. It was amazing to have different gears to ride in, and to have a frame that was light enough to not wear me out (my cruiser weighs a whopping 40 pounds). This is definitely a bike for getting shit done.


(headband, hood, scarf, gloves...it was cold)

My new-bike-joy is in full swing and it's perfect timing for the (albeit slowly) warming temps. So if you see me on the road this summer, 1) wave 2) don't hit me 3) meet me at whiskey island, that's probably where I'm headed.


16 comments:

  1. Hi, I have been looking at the Oxford, too. I have not been able to find out how much it weighs on any of the bicycles (even the manufacturer's site). Do you happen to know how much it weighs? Thanks, Pat Grisham in Texas

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  2. I actually emailed them with the same question. They replied that it weighs about 28 pounds. I can tell you from handling my bike that it's light enough to carry easily, but substantial enough to not feel flimsy while riding. Hope that helps, good luck!

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  3. Hi and thanks for this post about the Oxford. Yours is just about the only one I've found that is specific to this bike.

    I'm sorry to bug you with a techie question... Just wondering about the size frame you got, and your height? I really want a men's frame - just a personal preference - and they only come in two sizes: 51cm and 56cm. I'm 5'9 and a grrrrl so I'm thinking I should go with the 51cm. Wondering if you are finding that the womens frame fits you as they describe (from bikesdirect: Ladies 46cm fits most ladies from 4'10" to 5'7" / Ladies 49cm fits most from 5'7" to 5'10")?

    Thanks for your help! ~LB in Chicago

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  4. LB—

    no problem. I had a tough time finding much of anything about the bike as well.

    I am 5'5" and my 46cm frame fits me fine. my seat feels like a good distance from the handlebars, I don't find myself 'reaching' too far. going with the 51cm is probably the way to go. you'll also want to consider how high the men's crossbar is from the ground—you'll probably want to be able to straddle that bar with your feet on the ground for when you're standing and not pedaling.

    best of luck!

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  5. Thanks so much for the information on the weight. I have been wanting to order this bike since the first time I saw it. I have just been concerned about the weight--I already have a bike I like, but it is just to heavy and with more gears than I need. Again, thanks so much.

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  6. Thanks so much for this post! I've been hunting around for a vintage style commuter bike and totally fell in love with the oxford in the ocean color (pictured at the beginning of your entry :) Your post finally made me break down and buy it in the deluze edition that comes with a rear basket mount. Can't wait to try it out!!!

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  7. Hi, just wanted to touch base since you have had the bike for a couple months now. I love the looks of this bike and am wondering if this bike can go up some rolling hills without much trouble? I am concerned that it may not be enough bike for me. My husband has a mountain bike and his idea of going for a bike ride is a little different than mine! However, I'd like to be able to go on a ride with him and be able to keep up (and I'm sure I'll be reintroduced to my leg muscles!). Windsor also makes an 8 speed which could also be an option, but the color choices in my size right now are hunter and charcoal. Thank you for you thoughts, Kimberly

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    1. Hi Kimberly, I haven't had any issues with my bike not being able to keep up. I ride with my boyfriend, and he's pretty fast, and I am usually right behind him when it comes to hills :) I don't ever find myself wishing for the 8-speed.

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  8. Where did you get the bike from if I may ask? I have been trying to find a local dealer in NYC, but all i can seem to find is bikes direct.com

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    1. I got mine on bikesdirect.com. That's been the only place that I've been able to find them!

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  9. Hi Again. Are you able to sit fully upright when on the bike?
    I am also 5'5" and an upright position would be ideal. Also, Can you stand flat footed while still sitting on the seat?
    Thanks!

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    1. Yep, I sit upright. I can also touch the ground while seated, although I have my seat raised (to get a straightened knee while pedaling) so my toes just touch. Both of these things are adjustable, based on the height of your seat. Hope that helps.

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  10. Hi! Thanks so much for your post. I am considering getting this bike and am wondering how it has served you over the past year. Any surprises?

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    1. None at all! I still love it. Such a great bike.

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    2. Thanks! Initially I was eye-ing the charcoal and the creme colors, but after seeing yours in navy I think I may go with it. It looks really sharp! Thanks again for posting this review!

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  11. Hi,
    Great to see some info on this bike. I've been eyeing it for awhile now. I'm wondering if either of the tires are quick release or not? Thanks in advance!

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