Aloha all - (been a stalker here for quite a long time and now I'm posting looking for some help)
Husband and I bought new custom Bike Friday's last June with the expectations that we would be traveling a lot with them. Turns out we did 2 trips and due to company moves/changes, we now work from home. Ha!
The Bike Friday's have sat in storage for the last 6 months. So we are going to sell them and replace them with something a little less "attention getting" in terms of theft.
I race and do triathlons so I'm saving for a tri bike. (already have a carbon road bike)
Husband tools around on a fully tripped out Big Dummy. (usually with me on the back)
We both want a touring/kick around bike in place of our Bike Fridays.
I LOVE the Orbea Carpe - but that's a bit much for my needs. (My road bike is an Orbea so I sort of prefer them.)
Husband in looking at Surly Long Haul Trucker. And I think he knows exactly what he wants so he's not the issue.
I'm finding that so many things cross over to what I want. I want panniers or a basket, for tooling around town/grocery shopping on my own and not the back of the Big Dummy. I could get away with a cheap beach cruiser. But I'd love a nice touring bike like the Long Haul Trucker. But I feel that's overkill and perhaps the stable is getting too big!
Bike theft is common here so I'd need to haul a big lock if I want to leave a decent bike anywhere. So that also makes me want just a junky beach cruiser.
We live 1 mile from the beach and .5 miles from town center. A Long Haul Trucker would and could double as a grocery shopper/touring bike if we ever DID jump the gun and do the Ride the Rockies ride.
You may ask "why not keep the Bike Friday?" It's too much of a draw for theft here and it's not a cheap bike by any means. I'd rather have something half the price that looks more normal so I don't feel as anxious with it locked up near the beach.