There are a few different ways to quantify the leaping in of a new hobby. Does the hobby offer you tangible benefits? Is the hobby affordable? Is the hobby something that you will pursue long into the future? Well, when I first saw the Giordano Libero 1.6 White/Red Men’s Road Bike-700c I felt compelled to give it a shot.
I’m not what you would consider ‘out of shape’ but I am definitely someone who could benefit from a little bit of biking around. The Giordano Libero appeared to offer me the perfect fitness companion while also promising me so many other things. When I thought of biking as a recreation I imagined my body getting healthier, my transportation getting more efficient, and my long-term outlook on life improving. I wasn’t wrong on a single one of those points.
A Glance at the Giordano Libero
When I first saw the Giordano Libero in person, I was immediately taken aback. I’ve never really taken long looks into what a professional bike may appear to have but this one struck me as better than average quality right off the bat. The Libero is a sleek designed bike with deep colors, bold frames, and an interesting design. My experience with bikes has always been limited to the occasional mountain biking with friends, so this was way out of my comfort zone. At first glance the seat sat high, the handle bars sat low, and I didn’t know if I would even be comfortable on the machine. These were concerns that I didn’t need to have.
The Libero Can Fly
No, the bike can’t literally fly but it sure feels that way when you are on top of the seat. The package the bike came in weighed around 30 pounds so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got it all assembled. When it was, in fact, put together and gleaming on my floor it weighed less than my fat little dog. The Libero only weighs 23 pounds due, mostly, to its handcrafted aluminum frame. The bike feels like it will float away if you don’t keep a grip on it.
Past the lightness of the bike, I noticed that the Libero came with a solid 16 speed settings to shift between. The shifter is set right between the handlebars and you can easily toggle between your different choices by merely flicking your thumb. The right setting on the right road can make for a rather glorious riding experience. For other users, those that intend to spend their time racing, the Libero can change in feel and form. The 24-pound frame is light for commuter usage and very easy to handle but for racing, especially against nicer bikes, the Libero may be a little bit too heavy unless you are an experienced bicycle rider.
Who Is The Libero For?
The Giordano Libero 1.6 Road Bike is made for the burgeoning professional or the low-level entry rider. Put simply: this bike is for everyone. You have the shifting settings, weight, and professional components of a competitive road bike while enjoying the amateurs price point. This bike is perfect for those looking to take a long commute into their own hands. You can also enjoy the Libero in simpler ways: riding around the neighborhood, hitting the trails for a morning workout, or even just casually enjoying a Sunday afternoon. As we mentioned earlier this bike is definitely competitive in pretty much every style of riding but it does struggle a little bit in racing. If you do decide to make it a race bike then be sure to practice with it before hand. The weight of the bike may throw some novice users off. Once you put in the work, the practice, and the effort you will find that the bike handles like a dream no matter what you are doing.
Assembling the Beast!
When you first get your Libero, in the mail like I did, you will have to engage in the ‘some assembly required’ tango. This means that you’ll probably spend an hour or so messing around with the different components as you try to get the Libero ready for the road. There are online videos, forums, and even help lines to make this process simple. If you have a friend who is into biking perhaps have them over and help you get it set up. Your first set up will decide how you feel about the bike and you owe it to yourself, as well as the Libero, to do the job properly.
After you have assembled the bike you should be ready to hit the road. Don’t be afraid to stop riding if you feel uncomfortable. There might be a few settings or tune-up measures that you have to mess with in order to get the bike right for you. If all else fails then you can probably head to a local bike shop in order to get it tuned professionally.
A Few Nitpicks
When you look at an entry-level bike like this you expect to run into a whole host of issues. The truth is that, honestly, the Giordano stood up pretty well to a thorough inspection. Some of the minor issues with the bike involve the stock seat being slightly uncomfortable or the brakes not being as strong as more professional riders might be used to. Either one of these problems is fixed with a simple trip to the bike shop.
A new set of brake pads will run you close to $10 and another seat will probably be under $30. Also be aware of how hard you actually ride the brake because wear down around the walls of your rims may be possible. All of these issues are avoidable with proper care and maintenance and, I feel, not a reason to deter any sort of purchase. Bikes get beat up, it’s just a fact of the road.
Looking Back: In Summary
When you decide to get in the game for an entry-level bike then you’ll notice a ton of options out there. The Giordano Libero 1.6 White/Red Men’s Road Bike-700c is one of the most competent beginner level bikes on the market.
The reason that I have found so much love for this bike is pretty simple: value. When you spend $400 on a bike you expect a certain amount of issues–regardless of the bikes reviews or quality. However, this $400 bike easily rides as smooth, and comfortably, as some of the $800+ models that are selling like hot cakes.
For those that want a commuter bike, a leisure bike, or even a race bike: your search is over. There are a few things to be aware of because, honestly, no bike is perfect. That still doesn’t mean that this bike isn’t a top of the line model.