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Product review: The People’s Panel

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MSer Glenn Perry from Swansea tests the Biria Easyboarder Bike.

About this bike

This comfortable step-through bicycle makes riding a bike easy and enjoyable.

Featuring super-high volume balloon tires with a rounded contact surface, the new Biria Easy Boarding has all the cushion and shock absorption of a cruiser without the rolling resistance. In other words? Comfort and efficiency in five colours and now with black tires.

What Glenn said

I was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS (RRMS) in October 2014. I continue to be active and work full time, however, balance and leg coordination are a continuous challenge. I recently tested and bought a Biria Easyboarder Bike, which has been a great purchase and I would highly recommend it.

The step through design enables you to very easily mount and dismount, with no sudden movements whilst keeping a firm grip of the bike with both hands. You can also sit on the seat with both feet on the ground, making it feel safe and steady to start and stop. This is good for those of us that are challenged with balance and leg coordination issues.

The seven gears work well and it is easy to change down whilst climbing a hill or slope, allowing me to manage my fatigue levels while cycling.

It runs well on tarmac and bridleways. The bike feels light (14 kgs) and is well built.

Boarding by stepping through the frame took a bit of getting used to, old habits die hard and you have to remind yourself that you don’t have to swing your leg over it.   If this is a challenge, the fact this bike is so easy to board, means you quickly get used to stepping through.

Its best feature is the fact it is so easy to get on and off. I love cycling and my main barrier was the boarding. This bike eliminates that issue.

Apart from its ease of use, it looks distinctive and funky. Many people have commented on it and I have been stopped several times by curious passers by asking where I got it and was it from a foreign country. It was great to be able to say I bought it in the UK.

Having used the Biria Easyboarder for two months, I can definitely say it makes riding a bike with MS easier.

The Biria Easyboarder is an excellent choice if you want to cycle but are anxious about boarding and pulling up – the latter can be done by simply putting both feet on the ground, whilst remaining in the seat. I have taken the bike on holiday using a Thule tow bar mounted rack. Its relatively light weight which made it easy to lift on and off.

For more information, visit www.southsea-cycles.co.uk, call 0239 229 7549, or email Kevin@southsea-cycles.co.uk.

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