Good value road bicycle that lasts
I bought this bike back in 2012 and still riding it today. I've stored this bike in covered areas, so it still looks in great condition 7 years later.
If you're a cyclist that wants to upgrade to a beginner road bicycle or enjoy casual rides on the weekends, the Reid Osprey is a good choice. It won't break your wallet either (if I remember correctly, I got it for $499).
If it's the first time you've jumped on a road bike, you may need a few rides to adjust to your preferred position. Time that I highly recommend you should spend on. If you don't, you may end up riding in poor posture and that may deter you from future rides and adventures.
I particularly enjoy riding along the Cooks River from Brighton le Sands to Homebush or even venture out towards Parramatta. The majority of the path is bicycle dedicated, so it's quite safe.
Over time shifting gears wasn't as smooth as it used to be and may even 'skip' a gear sometimes, but I expect that from any bike from casual riding and wear and tear. To solve that issue, I've consulted quite a few reputable YouTube cyclist channels and they teach you how to calibrate brakes and gears - they are quite easy to follow too. But if you don't want dirty hands or not confident in the mechanics, just take it to Reid Cycles or any bike shop for a small fee.
The quick release feature of the wheels are great for quickly packing the bike into the boot of your car (I have a compact SUV) for travelling to places.
I've punctured my front tyre once over a pothole recently and decided it was time to upgrade my tyre treads and went with the Continental Gator skin - highly recommended amongst the cycling community, and of course the inner tube. Also upgraded brake and gear cables and the bar tape. It looks quite fresh and new now. I'll probably use it for a couple more years before upgrading to another, perhaps a gravel/cyclo-cross bicycle this time. Even then, I'm sure the Reid Osprey would still be in functional order because of its great and long lasting build.
Purchased in July 2012 for $499.00.
A good bike for what I need
I have owned this bike for over 5 years it was given to me as a gift I have not had much problem's with it I am not a professional cyclist I do maybe a 20 km ride ever now and again I have done 50 km with it on a charity event. It is a cheap but reliable bike and I would recommend one of these to anyone who like to ride for lesure of fitness it is comfortable to ride and easy to operate just make sure if you buy a bike a proper bike fit is a must I service it and maintain it myself which is relatively easy if your into a bit of diy overall it's a good bike and value for money
Brilliant Bike !
I wanted the cheapest way possible of getting into road riding. I thought this bike was too good to be true, but true it is.
I changed the pedals to clip ins and added a quick release collar to the seat post and that's it. I have done about 2500 km on this bike without any issues mentioned by others in this forum.
It is very fast, very light, I find it very comfortable.
The only "issue" which I only mention in the name of full disclosure is that the brake cable has rubbed off the paint work at the top of the fork !
I think I may buy the next specification up when I replace this one in a few years.
Very Very happy.
Brakes span for female hands too dangerous
I bought the bike and could not test it thoroughly in the store due to limited space, and no test models available to borrow etc. I am a regular rider on all terrain and confident. With the Osprey WSD I found the brake span on the handle bars is too far for safe braking especially at speed or down hill. Over reach for female hands is huge and this makes it dangerous and uncomfortable on the road. The bike handles well in general and is a great buy for the money but still I have to emphasise before a female rider get injured about the brake span....now I know that brake shims and Claris have adjustable brake capacity but still after all a female rider who purchases this bike should not have to do all that....the manufacturers have taken into account female seating placement on bones etc and also smaller female shoulder spacing for handlebar width....but brake span and female smaller hands have not been considered well.....dangerous....
Survived 2 crashes in 4 months!!
At first when i got the bike I was a bit disappointed as it wasn't comfortable at all to ride. It was my first road bike and did not know how important it is to get a good bike fit done. Well, I didn't have the time and money to spend on a good bike fit. Had to do everything on my own. Added a steer tube extender and replaced the 100mm stem with a 45mm one and now its a bike to die for.
I had a crash once when I couldn't get my foot out of the toe clips and the other time was a massive crash slipped due to heavy rains travelling down hill. The bike should have broken into pieces but to my surprise, only the handle bar alignment was screwed up. No cracks, no bent handlebars, even the wheels were true!!!!. No doubt about the quality here. I would seriously recommend this bike to anyone looking for daily commute. Do remember to get the chains lubricated as soon as you get the bike as they are all dry and noisy(probably mine was a clearance stock and lube was all dried up). Having a triple crank is very comfortable riding on all terrains. Gear shifts are smooth and easy. Its the only high end road bike with pannier rack attachments.
Bag of [censored word removed]
Started out well for the first few months, then riding to work the chain snapped. Replaced that and a few months later the spokes on the rear wheel gave out. Replaced with a new wheel set. Should have just spent the money and got a decent bike, I only ride to work and back, 10Km a day, these things shouldn't have happened in this short amount of time.
Cheap - But you get what you pay for...
Had the bike for 3 months now. I was happy enough with it initially, it was pretty light, fast and it had what I wanted, but........
The pedal straps broke off within about 2 weeks. Not a major issue for me, as they were more of an inconvenience than an advantage.
Then, all of a sudden, 3 spokes broke (this may have happened gradually over the 3 months without me knowing), resulting in a buckled rear wheel during a ride. I wasn't doing that many K's and was careful enough not to go over kerbs etc. In fact it happened on a group ride with other road bikes (non-Reid) - none of the others had any issues.
I walked into the Reid store expecting to get this fixed free of charge, but was told spokes are wearable parts (this isn't stated anywhere in the Warranty section of the Reid website), and that I would have to pay to get this fixed. I found this very disappointing...
I have decided to take the bike the bike to a local shop rather than Reid. It will cost a few more dollars to fix than what it would cost for Reid to repair it, but on principle, I refuse to let Reid profit from something that I believe should have been fixed as part of their warranty.
Interestingly, the local bike shop mechanic has seen A LOT of Reid bikes being dropped into him - largely due to broken spokes! Apparently the shipped wheels are of poor quality.
Anyway, aside from that, it's not a bad bike, and the staff are pretty friendly. I guess you get what you pay for. If you want a bike to get around from A to B just now and again, or you want a 'guinea pig' bike to see if cycling is for you, the Reid Osprey is definitely worth a look. Anything more, you might want to consider spending a little more for better quality, as you're probably going to end up paying more money to either keep fixing the Reid, or buying new parts...
Great Value - Happy Osprey customer
I also bought an Osprey back in about 2012, and I've done a few thousand km's on it now and its still doing fine. Wheels are great, seat is comfy, brakes work fine. The gears are ok, sometimes when changing gears I tap once, and nothing happens, then I need to tap a second time but then the gear goes up twice... This is probably because they are entry level Shimano gearing, and perhaps need to be serviced. All the same, for the price you pay, you get a great bike, that feels and looks the part. Highly recommend as a first time roady.
Good budget bike
Bought an Osprey to commute to work, it works great, great features, smooth ride, nice and light, was making weird noises when I first got it, took it back and they fixed it up without hassles, they are rather busy though, I am only free after work so I wouldnt get there until after 6pm and there are always people there, try and get there early if you can
Seamless service from start to finish had me on my new Osprey a few days after walking into the store. The bike is better than I'd hoped - light, fast, smooth. Went for flat bars, still getting used to how hard the tyres are but also how good the brakes are. Gears easy. Really impressed, except I'm getting to work too early.
Out Standing Product, Price & Customer Service
Before I start, I am in no way affiliated with Reid Cycles, I am a single customer.
I purchased a 2012 Osprey, and to be totally honest I love the ride, feel and comfort of the bike. When tell people how much I paid for the bike, people's jaws broke to the floor.
I challenge anyone to find a better product on the market for the same price, thanks so much to the team at Reid Cycles, if only you knew how much enjoyment my bike has brought me.
inexpensive, components, weight, look etc.
Very happy Osprey customer
My son has been busting a gut to update and get right into a bit of road riding. I purchased the Osprey road bike for him and he hasn't been home since. He loves it and is always riding it. Great customer service, bike arrived about 3 days after ordering it in perfect condition. Great features for $500 bike.
Inexpensive high quality entry level bike for 14 year old