Here's the sucker I picked up, at the official site:
It's my first "Real bike" purchase to date, being a newbie who's only really bought the Dynamix/Magna and junk from Target/Walmart stores in the past.
I did a good deal of lurking and reading around here before I made sure this was my choice. And it seems to be that it is, as I tend to do a lot of commuting within 3-5 metropolitan city miles each trip M-F.
Now, my question is -- I realize that everything good always seems to be lacking in one aspect, so I gave Novara/REI a silent benefit of doubt for not having a kickstand -- I need a kickstand. I have to put the bike on the floor or something drastic like that in order to make it sit still.
I don't really have a local bike shop, or actually I do but it's very slow to my knowledge, anyways I haven't gone there yet. But I thought I'd ask the favor of the forum before attempting to garner opinions from the LBS, as in the past they've seemed to be more intent on the money than the bike (personal opinion). Is there a good kickstand out there that is recommended, and does the bang for the buck effectively? It seems that on the Novara Buzz ver. 5, there's no real places you can place a preexisting kickstand from another bike (I have a few of those magnas frames laying around), you can see very good details of the bike at the original link I first posted. So I thought might have to look at an alternative type -- which is why I'm asking you guys.
Anyone care to share their 2cents? This bike is going to be parked on pavement and cement for the commutes, if that matters.