This is a simple bike for commuting to work and around town with the occasional long distance excursion.
Bike cost was 1500 CNY (about $230 USD). All steel construction, 26" wheels, front shock, 21 speeds, disc brakes. Everthing is Shimano. This is a Mountain bike that has been converted to an Inbred Commuter. Added fenders, rack, headlight, taillights, battery & solar panel to charge. Next addition is a compact air horn.
Roads and terrain are harsh. Just daily commuting is filled with many road obstacles and hazards. Then the traffic: bus, trucks, people, bikes, scooters, 3 wheelers, wrong ways, fork lifts, front end loaders, cranes, bulldozer (2 weeks ago, rumbling along the road), water spray trucks, sweeper trucks, cell phoners (worst of all)........
Dont want a high end bike. Theft is common. I'm on my 3rd padlock. The first 2 were Chinese locks, both had attempts to open them. Much damage and near saw through. I think both attempts were interupted. I now have an orange Kryptonite lock. No, further attempts. To make the bike less attactive, it has never been cleaned, paint damage is obvious, pedals show wear thru on paint.......its not an attractive bike. I always park it near a better looking bike. Just giving potetial theif a choice. I also changed out the Quick Relase wheel locks for solid axles,more difficult for a theif to remove the wheel. Mechanically, it remains is top condition. Its just needing another drive train. I wear out the drive train about every 1500-2000 km.