I'm a new mom. My son's first birthday is in July and I'd like to buy a bike and a child seat for it. My partner has an 08 Sirrus Sport and I'd like to be able to keep up, so it should be a pretty fast bike. My local shop is selling a new bike from Redline that pairs their steel frame from the 925 zippy single speed with nine speeds and a flat handlebar. I haven't heard of any steel frame fitness bikes, just single speed ones. Sounds like an okay idea as long as it's super light. There are 9 gears, so I should be able to make it up a small hill with the child seat. It's called the Metro 9. Anyone heard of it or ridden it?
Here's a side by side comparison with the Sirrus Sport:
I love how BikePedia let's you do that. It's so cool. Too bad the manufacturers don't provide weights. The guy at the bike shop said that the steel frame absorbs hits about as well as an aluminum frame with a composite fork and seat stay. I'll bring the Sirrus in next week when I have some time (baby!) and do a test ride and compare them in person. We got the Sirrus on sale for $699 and the Metro 9 will be a little less than that, which is a good thing.
I'd also love to hear recommendations on the child seat. The Sirrus has a carbon seat stay and Specialized won't support the warranty with a child seat installed, so it'll have to go on the new bike. The Topeak and Copilot seem to be popular in bike shops. I see the iBert around the neighborhood, but putting a kid on the handlebars is scary to me.
Any advice welcome.
Ali in Brooklyn