For a while now I've been looking at DF (diamond frame) bikes, but what gave me the bicycling bug was bents (recumbents).
At 280, I thought I was a bit to big to actually be able to ride a typical bicycle which is why I was looking at bents. After finding this forum though, I decided to break out my old StumpJumper and take it for a spin. The bike seemed to handle ok and I didn't see tires go flat or the rims get bent after a few jumps from the curb, but I was completely winded from taking a spin around the block.
Before trying out my DF, I was looking at bents. Actually I was looking at homebuilt bents, the kind you piece together from other bikes after chopping them up. I actually went so far as to build up an Inter-7 Nexus 36" (three foot) wheel for sh!ts-and-giggles.
It's still sitting in my room looking pretty and all, but no frame to go with it.
I found an old Redline BMX cruiser on Craigslist a while back that was going to be for my brother. He didn't want it, so I built it up as my commuter/cruiser (long story short: It has apes, FAT tires and an Inter-4 Nexus). It's my in town bike and my "fun" bike.
It's also been my primary form of excercise. I take it out at the least three times a week on an average of six miles round trip. Once in a blue moon, I go to the Monterey Bay and take it on a twenty mile RT jaunt.
It's a great bike and all, but I think I need a "real" commuting bike.
Here's the deal:
I live in Salinas and work in the Prunedale area (major hills). I can't ride on the highway, but there are backroads available to me that make the commute 26 miles RT. There is no way in HECK that I'll be able to make it to work on my modded Redline in any condition to actually do any work. I could convert the SJ into a commuter, but my dad seems to have taken possesion of it and kept it for his'self. So I'm left with getting a new bike.
So DF or bent?
Until I found this specific forum, I couldn't imagine myself riding a "normal" bike. But after reading about my fellow big-boned brethren on "normal" bikes, I figured why not? So the hunt began.
I went from wanting an aluminum bike to now needing STEEL!!! I guess I've been reading the FGSS forums too much. You get the strength and the flex to make a comfy ride. But I wanted new, not vintage. After reading up on the different forum sections, I've decided that the Surly Cross Check appears to be the ideal bike.
But bents are still on my mind. There's a bent that recently became available on CL and it's one of the bents that I thought could work originally if I wanted to commute all the way to work. A Burly Limbo. It's convertable from a compact-short-wheelbase (CSWB) to a compact-long-wheelbase (CLWB).
I have nothing to stop me from using a DF, but that bent is calling to me, too.
I know most of the drawbacks of using both bents and DF's. Hills for bents and stiff necks for DF's. As of right now, I'm leaning towards the CrossCheck.
Help me Obi-wan, you're my only hope!
sorry for the long post . . .