Priority Classic

Priority Classic

So your son or daughter (or grandchild, niece, etc.) has an awesome bike, but what about you? Shopping for a bike as an adult, is as tricky and complicated as shopping for shoes. Size, fit, use, gender and purpose are all determining factors in finding the best bike for you. In addition, once you buy a bike, in many ways your adventures are just beginning. Tires go flat, gears stop working, chains need cleaning (and greasing), seats (saddle in the bike work) are uncomfortable and your arms quickly learn to dread picking the bike up to store or move it. Bikes can be a real pain, but they don’t have to be. Meet the Priority Classic.

 

Priority Classic

Comfortable, durable, reliable, lightweight, affordable and essentially maintenance-free, the Priority Bicycles Classic is classic simplicity made possible through modern engineering. It won’t take you over or down steep mountain passes or be your guide through Red-Bull-worthy helicopter mountain bike rides, but it will comfortably and easily take you to the park across town or the ice cream shop down the street. It won’t fold up or use its battery to propel you up a hill, but it will require little or no maintenance for years to come.

Dedicated “to taking the stress out of buying, owning and maintaining a bicycle”, Priority bikes are built with grease-free belts instead of chains, with a internally-geared hubs instead of derailleurs and a rear coaster brakes instead of a hand brakes (front hand brake optional). Available in two frame sizes and two frame designs (diamond and step-through), the Classic is the bike you never knew you wanted, but have always needed.  To ensure every bike is truly maintenance-free out of the box, every bike is also shipped with a bike pump.

Priority Bicycles is the brain child of Dave Weiner, a father, business man and bike industry professional.  After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Priority Bicycles launched their first product in July 2014.  Since then they have continued to expand and even added a children’s line (which is how we came to know them).

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But how do they ride? After riding mainly mountain bikes, I admit the Priority took some getting used to, especially the coaster brake. While riding slow, especially with my kids, I often pedal backwards, which is problematic with a coaster brake.  But with every ride, I came to enjoy the bike more and more.  Curious fingers no longer leave the garage with greasy fingers and the lightweight frame made it easy to lift for hanging storage. The upright position meant less neck strain while keeping track of the kids and with only three gears, shifting is a breeze.  All in all, it was just as promised, easy, simple and fun.

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In addition, the Priority Classic is hands-down the easiest bike to use with child bike seats, which are notorious for poor fit.  With a pile of seats at our disposal, we and yet to come across a seat that doesn’t fit on the Classic.  The upright position of the rider also provided more room for front-mounted bike seats compared to other bikes, but on their smaller S/M frame (we tested out the M/L), it will probably be a tight fit.  Plus, if you do plan on using the Classic for bike seats, the step-through frame would be best to allow for easier entries and exits while your child is in their bike seat.

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Bottom Line

“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” – John F. Kennedy

Like Kennedy, Priority Bicycles got it right. Easy to use, reliable, durable and a pure joy to ride.

Availability

The Priority Classic is only available directly at Priority Bicycles. Both versions of the Classic are available for $449 (on sale right now for $429). The optional commuter handlebars and the front hand brake are both available for $30. Fenders, baskets, racks and other accessories are also available directly through Priority.

FTC Disclosure: All opinions given belong to Two Wheeling Tots LLC.  No monetary compensation was provided for this review, but a the Classic shown was provided by Priority Bicycles to facilitate the review. Two Wheeling Tots LLC is an affiliate of Priority Bicycles and the links provided are affiliate links.

 

      • Maria Eugenia Braña Escalera

        This is great as I am looking for a commuter style bike and the priority is one of the contenders! And it needs to be able to haul my 30 lbs 21 month old and some grocery shopping!
        What are the seats in the pictures? How does it handle the weigh?
        Do you find the ride “harsh”/? (Concerned about the aluminum frame).
        Thank you so much for your reviews! They are great and extremely helpful!

        • The more I ride the priority, the more I like it. It certainly is more upright than the average bike, so there is an adjustment period (I generally ride a mountain bike). The ride is bumpier than my mountain bike (which has suspension), but it is comfortable to ride around on with the kids on paved paths. I’ve mounted a lot of seats on the Priority, but many of them are only found in Europe. The Thule RideAlong Mini, the orange shown on the bottom right, it widely available in the US and is a great seat. Being 21 months, he should be able to fit in the mini for about a year, afterwards, he will need to move to a rear seat. For now, I would use a front-mounted seat and use a rack in the back for groceries. It is going to be challenging at first, but with time, you will adjust and get used to it.

          • Maria Eugenia Braña Escalera

            Thank you so much for the replay! We already have a yepp mini, but I am not sure how long he will fit in!
            Or actually how much longer I will be able to ride with him in the seat giving he is quite big for his age and I’m quite small ! (5’4?)!

            • You’re right, you don’t have much time left! The Yepp Mini and the Thule are very similiar in size, so it’s not worth buying another front-mounted seat. I would, however, recommend the Peg Perego rear seat and then get Priorities front-mounted basket which are both found here: http://www.prioritybicycles.com/accessories. Due to the proximity of the rear tire of the frame, many rear seats won’t fit on the Priority, but the Peg Perego does for sure.

              • Maria Eugenia Braña Escalera

                Thank You!
                I finally decided to go with something else. Never really learn to use coaster brakes, and not keen on learning with my son on top!
                I was reading your reviews, and even though I really like our Yepp mini, I am having second thoughts about the Maxi, due to its not reclining.
                You seem to really like the Hamax. How do you think these two stack between each other?
                Does it need a special type of rack like the Yepp Easyfit?
                My bike already comes with an Easyfit adapter, and sturdy rack.
                Thank you so much Natalie,

              • I agree, getting used to coaster brakes is hard. Glad you found something that works for you. For the larger rear seats, I really like the Hamax line and prefer them over the Yepp. I found the seats easier to use and they don’t need an adapter or a special rack. The rack mounted Hamax is essentially a pinch fit as it clamps around the sides of the rack, so I believe it should fit on your rack without a problem.