By Trina Haynes,
Marin Bikes first established its reputation for performance mountain bikes in 1986, and has branched out over the past 26 years with a multitude of styles. Marin wanted to create a cost-effective bike with performance features and durability, so they came up with the Metro Bridgeway line.
The Bridgeway Triple has a mostly Shimano 24-speed drivetrain, providing me with more than enough gears for de- feating my hilly commute. There are two other models in the Metro line, the basic Bridgeway 7-speed and the singlespeed Bridgeway Speed. All three are offered in a regular or step-through frame.
I’ve put a decent amount of miles on the Bridgeway Triple, riding on everything from smooth pavement to heavy gravel terrain. I was surprised at the bike’s ability to handle such an array of surfaces. The aluminum frame and fork withstood my more aggressive style of riding, handling hard pedaling and my out-of-the-saddle nature with surprising ease. The steering is quick and responsive—when you have to slice through city streets this can be a vital attribute, although I experienced some shimmy in the front end at high speed. In the whole four months of the test I had no flats, thanks to the puncture protection of the Kenda tires.
A rear rack, full fenders, and kickstand enhanced my enjoyment of this bike—snap panniers onto the rear rack, pop up the kick-stand, hop on and ride. A chaingaurd is also included; I don’t usually ride with one, but I enjoyed not worrying about my pants getting caught in the chain, although it nixed my stylish rolled-up pant leg.
The Bridgeway handled my jaunts about town to get groceries, two miles each way, with ease. An evenly-distributed load had little effect to the bike’s handling. I had some slippage with the linear-pull brakes in the rain, which is a typical problem with rim brakes. Other- wise they did their job on the downhill part of my rides with grocery weight.
Marin did a good job of working in some quality components and accessories for a nice all-in-one package while keeping the price down to $630. This bike would be a great fit for someone who is looking to get out there and just cruise the bike trails and the city or to start to get serious about commuting.
- Age: 34
- Height: 5’6”
- Weight: 150lbs.
- Inseam: 28”
- Country of origin: Taiwan and Cambodia
- Price: $630
- Weight: 28.5lbs.
- Sizes available: 15”,17”(tested),19”, 20.5”