I absolutely loved my Miyata 1000 tourer even though I never used for actual touring duties. Sadly, it was stolen last week and I've been interneting all kinds of bikes looking for the perfect replacement. Turned out easier said than done. I live in Stockholm, Sweden, so I turned to Germany and Great Britain first, like the excellent value Boardman bikes.
But then I went ahead and just bought myself a used Cannondale Bad Boy 4, only to find out I didn't like it at all (except for the awesome hydraulic brakes that got me hooked). The bike had me sitting stright up like a flagpole and it felt both sluggish and nervous at the same time, compared to my old Miyata. What I want is this:
Comfy drop bars
Must handle shopping bags and a child seat without feeling wobbly
Fenders, racks and tires around 28c or so
Disc brakes isn't a must but definitely a big plus - even better if hydraulic
I looked hard at the Surly LHT and Disc trucker. Seems nice but perhaps overkill with the carrying.
And this one (440 mm chainstay):
They also have randonneurs but the chainstays on those only measure 425mm, for some odd reason.
And now I'm drooling all over this:
The backroad is even better at hauling but since I'll do quite a lot of cycling with no load perhaps the Cooper CMT will feel faster? I found the frame at a good price (USD 1695 is good right? With some fork I don't recognize or add 200 for yet another fork I know nothing about) here:
I tried talk to the folks at Lynskey saying I don't need any polishing, paintjob or such because i want the bike looking as ugly as ever, looking cheap and not worth stealing. A cold war russian look, with random tape, paint and straps on it. They at least agreed to the 20% off the used to have earlier this summer. Is the titanium bike worth it? And if so, should I buy the whole shimano package offered on sale at the Lynskey site, or should I buy the parts separately, sort of going by sales items from chainreactionbikes or something? I feel I don't really need 30 gears anyways. Can I add hydraulic brakes if I go for bar-end shifting?
So. Steel or ti. Package or just frame. I'm completely lost.
Please, you guys of infinte knowledge, help me out? Any feedback is much appreciated!