I'm looking for a commuter bike to ride to work and back. I ride entirely over asphalt for about 8 miles, up and down some mild hills. I rode an old broke down stumpjumper for a year, but then this fall I came into a bit of money so I thought I'd treat myself to something nice. I've already had two bikes that just didn't work out. The first one I returned to the shop and the other I'm trying to sell.
The first one was a 51CM Soho by Trek. It felt like riding a tank it was so heavy and stodgy. It also felt like my knees keep riding up and hitting me in the chest. The bike fitter at the shop said I had extra long femurs which might have contributed to my knee pain. She suggested I try instead a bike that has "slacker geometry."
The second one is a 54CM Cannondale six13 that someone converted to a single speed. It's incredible light and feels like riding on air. However, it apparently is just a bit big for me. I also didn't realize until after I bought it that it didn't have the holes necessary for fenders and a rear rack. Oops!
I don't feel the need for many gears (the stumpjumper only had three that really worked) and a single speed or 3 speed hub would work fine. Below is what I'm looking for. I've found a lot of bikes that have some of the below qualities, but I've yet to find one that has all of them.
Any advice would be much appreciated.
- Frame appropriate for a 5' 7" man (about 52 CM in a road bike I think, or about 17 inches in a mountain bike)
- Has disc brakes or can support disc brakes, at least in the front
- Has or can support a rear rack
- Has or can support fenders
- Has horizontal dropouts or something similar so I could make it into a singlespeed
- Has a slacker than normal seat tube angle (The Soho DLX was 73.5 and too steep)
- Plain Black frame would be preferred
Hope someone can help. I'll send you a beverage of your choice through email.