Hello everyone, I've been reading advice and perspectives on this forum for a week now and hoping to get some suggestions.
Apologies in advance for ignorant questions or incorrect terminology....
I'm new to biking - had a Giant Bowery Mashup for about 12 months. It was ugly (white/green/pink) but I rode everyday and have enjoyed a lot! It was recently stolen (sad) and looking for a replacement. I didn't know it was going to be such a difficult search...
These are the bikes I've tried test rode so far...
- Fuji Classic Track 54cm ($550)
- Fuji Feather 54cm ($600) and KHS Flite 100 54cm ($650)
Couldn't tell the difference from the Track
- Giant Bowery '72 54cm ($650)
the curved drop handlebar was almost unbearable
- Specialized Langster Steel 54cm ($630)
Framed seemed small, sluggish?
- Masi Speciale Ultimate 56cm ($1,000)
My favorite but too expensive!
All the bikes I've found have drop bars, which I'm not a huge fan of — they feel awkward — is this something that I would adjust to over time, or for riding around the city (to and from work, errands) are they really only useful for long distance or track biking?
My height is 5'10" and was told that I should be on a 54 (or near) frame but so far the only bike I've really enjoyed was the Masi 56cm frame is it unusual for someone my height to feel a 54cm frame is too small? Perhaps my old bike was too large and I had just gotten used to oversized frame?
I really *want* to like the Specialized Langster (because it looks beautiful ha!) but riding it felt a bit sluggish. I noticed the OTP crank is 42t and cassette 16t compared with the Bowery 48/17 - If I changed the crank on the Langster would that help or is it likely there are other factors of the Masi making it feel like a faster ride?
[edit: have been reading http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gain.html
and realized that the number of teeth don't really help in comparison, but anyway, the Masi crank was visibly larger than the Specialized]
The Masi has been the nicest to ride so far. But I can't really afford the $1,000 price.
What I would really like it my old bike back, but no one seems to sell it in Boston (I brought it over from New Zealand).
Does anyone know when Giant will start selling their new line of 2011 bikes (they are selling a 2011 Bowery in Canada already http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-ca/...ry/8071/45717/
So far my pick has been the Langster, but I feel I would want to swap the crank and get a different handlebar which is going to add $$ to the starting price.
If anyone has alternative suggestions for a bike I'd love to hear it. My preferences are:
- single speed (nothing wrong with coasting and brakes are good but a hub that allows experimenting with fixed gear would be a positive too)
- prefer upright riding position/flat handlebar, or at least drop bars that have a flat area (not curved like the Bowery '72)
- price ~$600
Things that I loved with my ex-Bowery
- it was so light, I could casually lift it up with one hand and easy to quickly carry up steps in my apartment or over bridges.
- it felt fast, was easy to safely (quickly) overtake other cyclists if I was in a hurry
- it felt nimble, it was easy fast to maneuver and zip between traffic jams on the way home.
Many thanks from a new rider