From drop bar road commuter, to flat bar city?
So, I'm at a turning point in my life. I spent a few years commuting solely by bike, a fixed gear steel road bike, and a nineties aluminum road bike. haven't had a flat bar bike since I was a kid. I've loved the road drop bars the entire time and something with flats never crossed my mind.
Well, early this year I broke my knee with no health insurance, needless to say it's been a long road to even pedal a bike, still not commuting yet, and not sure if/when I can.
I work at a giant dealer, and can get a pro deal on any giant bike, however I just really can't see dropping the cash on a new road bike. even before my injury I never really understood people buying these new, expensive bikes so geared towards speed, yet so limited on options. like buying a Ferrari to commute... but now I'm even less inclined towards speed and more towards comfort...
I simply don't know how well I will like flat bars after a month or so commuting. I specifically have the new giant seek 1 in mind, which has a really cool look, and rides really nice in the parking lot... alfine 8 speed hub, hydraulic disks, 700x50 tires lol. I just really like this bike, but I know old me would never have contemplated purchasing it....
stuck on that or the defy, commuterized with a rack and fenders. or possibly even the tcx slr2, which is probably way too racy for my current abilities.
I know we have a lot of guys in here that do both, and even more that swear by one or the other. I'm just curious if anyone has made the switch or has helpful advice, lol. not really asking advice on the bikes, was just venting there.