Oh No, another Newbie question...
Folks, what I'm wondering about is if anyone builds a higher-end, lightweight cruiser? Don't want to pedal around 40 pounds to bomb around town. My wife has had back surgery, and it's onto a city bike for her, so I want something to ride with her, yet something that I can still do 20 miles on without dying. Internal hub, single speed, or derailleur, doesn't matter. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance,
That's kind of a broad question. What kind of features are you looking for? Have you done any research yourself? Give us a little more to work with please.
Cruisers dont come any better than the Bianchi Milano.
The 7 speed version is good, but avoid the automatic shifting version (the auto-milano),
Tell us why you can't just use what you have now. That may give a clue as to what you are looking for.
He needs an excuse to add to his stable?
I just bought a VanDessel "Straight Up X 7" as a commuter. So far I am very pleased with it.
This would be alot like the Bianchi Milano except it has 700c wheels instead of 26" wheels and the VanDessel has an aluminum frame with a steel fork.
It comes from the factory at 24#, before the addition of a rack and fenders and such.
See www.vandesselsports.com for more detailed information
electrabikes.com, they have some cool ones.
Thanks, folks for all your replies. I have basically not ridden 4+ years My only bike right now is a nearly new 4- 5 year old Voodoo Bizango hardtail. Sweet bike, but doesn't fill the city bike niche. I'll keep it for trail riding up north. Looking for a road bike too, have had Paramounts, Klein's and an ugly orange Viner in the past. Need a solid bike (6'3", 250 l bs) for centuries and fast 20 milers. I don't wnt to get Beat up. Anyone reccommend 5200? Cannondale 2000? another Klein? Any other suggestions?
I think I remember Joe Breeze making a bike like this a few years ago. Frame, wheels, single speed no fenders. I think someone made a Ti cruiser, too, The closest I can find is the Vandessel Buzz Bomb, looks sweet.
I've never seen the Bianchi before. Looks like a really comfortable ride for city crusing. I just called my local dealer and have an appointment to go see one. . . Now to sell it to the wife
Let's see, high end cruiser .... Merlin Newsboy?
I was thinking about the Bianchi Milano as a bike for my wife. I like the look of that Straight Up X7 but I think she might think it's weird. I'll be interested to see what you decide on so let us know.
>>>>>I want something to ride with her, yet something that I can still do 20 miles on without dying. Internal hub, single speed, or derailleur, doesn't matter. Any ideas?<<<<
Do not buy a single speed even though it will save you money. The minute she hits a hill the single speed will really show its weakness. I hurt my knees riding a single speed one summer and it took nearly 6 months before the pain went away. If your wife injures her knees, I doubt she will ever get back on that bike again.
I'm an advocate of hub gear bikes. I commute on a three speed folding bike during the winter and wouldn't do it on anything else. I also have the 7 speed Bianchi Milano and love that one too. The ease of a hub gear bike and the durability makes an internal hub system a perfect bike for first time buyers. Show your wife to use the gears often and how to spin up hills.
I'm not aware of any 5 speed hub gear bikes in production so you'll have to do with either a 3 or 7 speed which is fine for casual weekend riding. If you going to get a 3 speed, make sure the bike does not weight more than 30lbs.
I'm also an advacate of suspension seat posts with a Brooks saddle. Since your wife is not going to do technical riding, a suspension seat post makes a lot of sense as she will be able to ride longer without pain. The Brooks saddle with the springs on the bottom with further cushion the potholes and ruts.
Try to see if you can get an alluminum cruiser instead of one made of steel. The cost may be 30% more but your wife will appreciate it in the long run. Whenever I buy a new cruiser, I ask the LBS to install the following
1. Suspension seat post
2. Brooks saddle (or something similar)
3. Mr. Tuffy tire liners.
Check out these Cruisers!