Hello everyone. I've been considering getting another bike for a while. I can't get on with the bike I have. It's only a cheap one but the problem is I can't afford a high quality bike(unless I go secondhand). I'm sorry, you must get loads of people asking the same question but I'm just wondering if anybody could suggest bikes to look for seconhdhand wise. I bought a cheap new bike and to be honest it's been a disaster so I am probably going to go for quality secondhand.
I use my bike to get to work, to get around the city, and to go on bike rides with half a mind on fitness and half a mind on leisure/fun. I rarely, if ever, go off road, occasionally a mild dirt track or something of that ilk. I don't drive so I also use it to carry stuff such as shopping or anything else I happen to have with me at the time. So that pretty much sums up what I use it for.
As far as the bike is concerned, I'm 6'3 and 17 stone so it needs to be something that can handle that(and shopping etc on top of that). However, I would quite like the bike to be reasonably lightweight as I do have to carry it up stairs quite regulary. Comfort, low maintenence, and reliability are more important than speed to me.
I was looking at Dutch bikes on the internet. I like their classic style and they look like the sort of thing I would be after but I wonder how heavy they are.
As I say sorry to ask this question that I'm sure you lot have been asked a gazillion times but if anybody does have any suggestions of what to look out for in the classifieds etc they would be most welcome