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Ofo Bicycle - $175 (Annapolis)

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condition: new
make / manufacturer: ofo
The bright yellow ofo (yes, all lowercase) Bicycle. This particular ofo model is branded for Kent International – as are a few other ofo models – but was built by Shanghai General Sports Co. Ltd. It is one of at least three ofo designs used stateside. It is a surprisingly robust, tight, and tamper-proof bicycle.

This ofo, like many dockless bikes, does away with external V-brakes in favor of a front band brake and rear roller brake, while the LED headlamp wiring is tucked away, through the fork, to the 6V Panasonic hub. The wheels are secured with 5-point nuts, which – on this one – are thankfully free of any channel lock vandalism. The crank bolts mirror these wheel security nuts with 5-point Bryce Penta-Plus security heads (or similar knockoffs).

The saddle and seatpost are also secured with tri-wing bolts which are entirely unique to ofo. In fact, there are five different types of security fittings that protect this bike from being parted out or defeated by vandals. It seems to have worked: I’ve never seen a spraybombed ofo running around town with a broken lock.

Also worthy of mention are the fender stay hardware, which is admirably sturdy and backed with Nyloc nuts. If only everyone built fenders this way.

The Nexus 3-speed provides ample gearing for flat ground. The integrated rack is also extremely sturdy.

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