Really excited to unpack and build my yellow Halfbike. The joy was quickly muted as one set of the rear wheel bearings was missing. The support from Halfbike was OK, honestly I expected more.
Once I purchased the bearings from a local supplier, I was ready to go. Everything you've read and seen about adoption is correct. Up and running was a matter of minutes, control, an ongoing process. I've had a couple of tumbles.
Only in the last 2 weeks have I really invested the hours. The longest ride is just shy of 18km. Within the next 3 weeks I hope 50km is achievable.
The bike is a lot of fun. The learning trajectory is steep, not sure when it will plateau. Each ride incremental confidence is gained, boundaries pushed and new ones created.
To anyone buying, a few suggestions. The Halfbike arrives in a box which requires you to construct it. The process is simple with some amazing supporting videos. After a few rides asses the situation. My bike was creaking and not performing in an optimal state. I took the bike apart, degreased, added new grease, WD40, a thorough clean and changed the torque on some of the bolts. The impact was significant, so I would really advise that process.
The other change I made, the pedals. Remember, you're 100% on your feet. You need a comfy platform. I bought the Moto pedals mentioned in a number of blogs and are really comfortable.
Finally, BUY THE BELL. You'll need it. It comes in handy especially as you're learning and pedestrian near misses are a common occurrence.
Ride safe and ALWAYS wear a helmet.