New member here.
Been out of the bike buying loop for almost 30 years. I ride a mid 80s Schwinn Passage touring bike and am looking to buy a new bike.
I need a new road bike, not for racing, not for real touring (when I bought the Passage I was hauling two kids in a Burley trailer so needed heftier brakes and lower gearing). Just recreational day riding (20-80 miles), must be comfortable so I'm leaning towards steel over aluminum. I'm 58 so looking for this to be my last bike purchase
My LBS recommended two All City models, the Space Horse (about $1500) and Mr. Pink (about $1900). I road-tested Mr. Pink and it was nice but I am still recovering from the sticker shock What I did not like was it had no mounts for a rear frame where I like to keep a bag. The Space Horse seems closer to a touring bike and is set up to take racks and fenders. The price difference is for the tubing (Mr. Pink is Columbus Zona) and components (Mr. Pink is Shimano 105 vs. Tiagara).
I know nothing about All City, I understand it's a newer brand owned by the US's largest bike distributors who also make the Surly brand.
What say ye, are these bikes a good recommendation?
What would the competition I should be comparing them to?