Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Francisco, California
Bikes: Brompton H6, Schwinn Mirada, Cruzbike Sofrider. Used to own: ICE B1, 2 F-frame Moultons, Koga Myata Elevation 2000 mtb, Challenge Hurricane, Riese & Mueller Birdy Silver, Actionbent Tidalwave 3
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Utility use (can I have my cake and eat it too?)
I'm having a severe case of "last minute indecision"
I thought I had made my mind up about getting a Swift with hub gears. I like the looks, I like the spec, I like all the positive testimonies about it's great ride and handling.
But then I started thinking.. It has no rack, and I want to be able to go shopping & run all my errands. I could get a large Carradice saddlebag, but I already have some excellent Ortlieb panniers that I want to keep using. It'll take a rack, but it makes the (already really bad) fold bigger. I see ThorUSA carries a Pletcher rack that pops on in seconds, but am not convinced it's convenient for everyday use with repeated folding. Oh yeah, messenger bags and rucksacks are in my opinion not good for anything but extremely short distances due to discomfort and sweaty back. Yes, I have
At this stage I'm reconsidering the Brompton, with its amazing luggage system and small luggage size.. But I don't know that I can live with the ride and those dreadful brakes. At the end of the day though, the "utility" side of me may win over the "sporty" side of me. I do want my bike to be everyday practical.
What do y'all who already have Swifts do?