Looking for advice on finding a new bike. Though I usually have 2 bikes on hand, I've never actually bought a "new" bike before, so am really weighing all my option. I have a vintage lugged custom steel bike. Its geared, heavy, durable, and slightly dented but not bent (Ongaurd Pitbull V. Thief; Ongaurd FTW!). Looking for something a bit more trimmed down, maintenance free, versatile, and with good potential for upgrades.
Here are my criteria.
- Singlespeed with a future
130mm spacing to accept either internal-gear hubs OR has derailleur hanger for future geared life
- Strong frame (either steel or quality aluminum)
In a year or two expecting to have a childseat attached to this bike, need strength (and also, maybe gears)
- "Aggressive" geometry
I like to ride fast (20-25 mph); something like the Trek Soho is too laid back
- No V-Brakes
I really like CX singlespeeds, but V-brakes are a major pain in my ____
- $1000 absolute max
Options I have been considering-
Van Dessel Country Road Bob
Haven't made it much further than those two. Any other suggestions?