Vegan on a bicycle
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: wellington NZ (via NJ & NC)
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back in the saddle, soon, i hope. upgrade?
current bike: 2008 Giant Elwood, 19", with 700x32 Schwalbe reflective/kevlar "marathon" tires.
this is the elwood without suspension, and for riding around the city i'd prefer to not have suspension.
i was doing daily commutes with that bike, but i've been off the bike for a year following a concussion (not cycle related) and hoping to get back on a bike soon.
overall i've been happy with the elwood, but i'd been thinking about upgrading to something with disk brakes; this area is wet and i don't like the idea of rims being a wear item. i'm not a weight weenie, but of course lighter is better than heavier. i'm not racing and i often carry heavy panniers so fat road tires (32-38) should work for me; some of the bikes i've seen look like they can't handle tires that fat. i also like the upright posture that the elwood allows.
locally available brands (wellington NZ) seem to be giant, avanti, kona, marin, apollo, UMF, merida & strada, but that doesn't mean that any particular models are in stock locally. it might make sense to buy from wiggle...?
i'm thinking it would be nice to get something that i can swap tires with, then sell the elwood with brand new tires from the new bike, but i guess that's not critical.
so, any suggestions for what my next bike should be?
Last edited by smasha; 09-02-10 at 11:40 AM.
Reason: found more local brands