Hi everyone! I've been lurking here for a few days absorbing enough information to even begin asking questions. I haven't ridden in a long time (well over a decade) except for 20' or so on Sunday to make sure I could still get a bike going and not embarrass myself shopping. I will be moving to Boulder at the end of may (actually arrive early June) and want to get into biking to get myself back into shape. That said, I will be telecommuting back to the east coast, so I don't technically have a commute, but I wanted to be able to bike to do errands which is why I posted here. I would hope later to get into distance road biking and/ or mountain biking.
There are other bikes I'm interested in (particularly the Jamis Ventura Sport) that do not appear to be readily available in boulder (one of the two shops listed on the Jamis site as distributors has none; the other has a single 2k+ bike) but focusing on these two allows me to look at both at the same shop (Full Cycle Bikes), which is highly rated according to the reviews of it I see. Here's how I see the two bikes comparing:
half the price of the dew drop
includes fenders (only need to add rack)
thick tires (I was never comfortable with skinny tires when I was a kid - always afraid I'd fall over)
would probably "outgrow" very quickly if I started biking up into the mountains for fitness
need to add fenders and rack
would take me much longer to "outgrow" on long fitness rides
Now, with the Smoke I could easily afford to get a second higher-end bike after making sure the habit sticks (I don't want to start with one in case even in Boulder I find riding on roads terrifying) but it seems to me the Dew Drop would let me put that off a lot longer, like until next Summer easily, but on the other hand, being half the price of the Dew Drop, the Smoke would make a better beater/ theft risk to leave locked up on the streets.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I don't want to start wit a used bike because I know nothing about bike maintenance now and while I want to learn I don't want to worry about any of that while getting comfortable riding again. I like the thought of getting a well-used one for my nicer bike, if I do really get in the habit, and picking all the componentry myself and putting them on (much cheaper than doing that on my car!).
Thanks for any replies! I will be posting in the regional forums for CO soon, probably over lunch or this evening.