Posted: Aug 23, 2008 1:44 pm |
Edited by: Joe
Alright, as someone whose less than a total "noob" but also less than expert, I need some advice.
After years of riding old English 3-speeds, and less time riding around on my dad's stripped-down, singlespeed Peugeot, I've decided that the perfect bike for me is one that marries the ideology governing three types of bikes: the English/Dutch cruiser model, the touring/rando model, and the siglespeed/fixie/track model.
Ideally, I'd like to procure something with the nimble yet relaxed geometry of a touring/rando bike, the upright seating position of the English/Dutch bikes, and the simplicity of a single speed.
Something like the <a href="http://www.swobo.com/catalog/product_info_b.php?cPath=201_1355"> Swobo Del Norte</a>, with the drop bars switched out for <a href="http://www.rivbike.com/products/list/handlebars_stems_and_tape?p age=2#product=16-122"> Albatross</a> or moustache bars seems like the perfect thing. Clearance for fenders and maybe some beefier tires to help deal with Chicago's shitty pavement.
But it seems a little silly to spend that kind of coin on a new bike when there are millions of used road bikes hanging around. The downside to buying used and customizing is that I've never built a bike before, and the time it would take to track down what I'm looking for is potentially a drag.
So what do I do? Any other new bikes that fit what I'm looking for but that won't cost me $700? Also, what's up with 650b? Pros/cons/etc.
Help a semi-noob out!