I've got a problem - all my bikes are too bizarre for non-cyclist friends to feel comfortable riding when they visit. They are all either fixies, super-dropped road race bikes, tall bikes, etc., and it restricts the times when a friend might be over hanging out and we want to just ride somewhere to get a drink, or grocery shop together, or when a friend is staying for a few weeks and I want to give them reliable transportation around town.
So - I want to build up a fun loaner bike. I know I could just get any mid-90s mountain bike and be done with it, but I want something more unique and neat, something to fit with the rest of my collection of oddities, but that is still easy for anyone to hop on and ride.
- At least 7 speeds (relatively hilly around here)
- Comfortable for a range of body sizes (within reason)
- Light enough to ride across town comfortably
- Interesting or unique
- ~$400 - I have a range of basic parts to apply to the project such as cranks, rims, seats, etc, but would need to acquire a frame and the hub system.
Anyone have any ideas, or better yet, examples of your "loaner bikes"?