Hey guys, I'm doing a little research to see what would work in this environment.
It's for a lady who is seeking to cycle through New York City (road) but also cycle in some of New York City's mountain trails (in Staten Island).
It must have flat bar handles.
Wheels must be strong (i.e. not aluminum) or have more than usual spokes.
Frame should be light but I'm concerned about aluminum -- in my experience, it makes it feel very squirrely -- would steel or aluminum be better for pounding the rocks?
Eyelets for a rear rack.
Tires should be smooth enough so it can go fast on the road but sticky enough for the rocks -- are there such tires out there?
$350 or less.
Obviously, we're going to the used bikes route. But can anyone recommend a particular model that comes to mind? Or even better, since we're looking at Craig's List:
And here's a local bike shop:
Really, lots of thanks.