Hey I just got a job about 12 miles from home and I want to commute by bike. Right now I have a peugot single speed with some BB issues(obviously) and I don't want to deal with it anymore. I love single speeds but I am thinking of gears so I need something with options. I do want to stick with steel, aluminum just don't feel good to me. My plan is to swap a lot of the stuff over, to save a little money, so I don't want a full build, just a frame.
Right now I'm looking at a Surly Cross-Check, which seems solid and the obvious choice. What can I say though, I'd like to be a bit more niche or maybe have a better color than beef-gravy brown or black.
I'm also looking at the Pake C'Mute. A friend of mine has it. He seems to love it. It's still a work in progress but he's got the panniers on and is riding it to school and it looks and sounds great. The color, pave-mint, is nice too. I just don't feel like owning the same bike as my friend, in the same color even!
I looked at the Soma Saga and the Double Cross. They both look nice as well, the Saga especially, but I have a Soma Juice now and would like to expand my horizons.
So I've been out of the game a while and I'm wondering what other choices I might have. Thanks.