Hi everybody. I'm in a kind of cycling no-man's land right now and looking for advice. I come from a mtb background in that I didn't own a car for a long time, just a hard tail mountain bike. So I went everywhere on it and also did some moderately difficult trails for fun when I could. I was real comfortable on that bike.
So I moved to the city where there are no trails and took up running, hurt my knees, picked up road cycling.
However, for the life of me I cannot get comfortable on the small tires. I ride on some really crappy road shoulders with gravel and glass and used condoms and rocks and dog **** and I always feel like I'm going to fall over either running over this stuff or trying to avoid it.
Also, in the attempt not to die when drivers try to murder me on the road, I occasionally have to take some kind of evasive maneuver, like stopping on a dime or jumping a curb. It's just not the same with a road bike and I think its because I cut my teeth on a mountain bike. Who knows. All I know is this. I'm keeping my road bike, but I'm looking for something a little more utilitarian for heavy traffic days.
So here is what I'm looking for: A flat-bar bike with traditional geometry (flat top tube), 29 inch wheels (700c) that can accommodate wider tires. Also disc brakes would be nice.
I know what you are thinking- get a cyclocross bike and switch out the handle, brakes, and shifters. I might one day, but it is expensive and not many cross bikes have disc brakes.
So, since I don't know anything about mountain bikes anymore. Does anyone know of a mountain bike that fits the above description? I know that traditional geometry usually sucks for actual mountain biking because you would always be hitting your balls on the top tube, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask.
Any ideas are appreciated.