Hello there. I am new to the forum and looking for some input.
My wife and I currently have 6 bikes. Nothing noteworthy except for my fixe that I hand built a few years ago. We are having a baby, sometime in the next week or two, so our riding style will change a lot. We are going to off-load all 6 of our bikes to pick up 2 new around town rides.
I know a touring bike might be too much for what I plan to use it for, but from what I've heard, a steel frame just rides better/sturdier than a aluminum frame.
Based on my budget I have narrowed my search down to the Novara Buzz or the Safari. Right now REI is offering the 20% off deal, so I'm hoping I cash in on that and get more for my money. Adding fenders, racks, etc.
Below are my specific questions at the moment...
1) The components on the Safari look better to me. But is it worth the $200+ more for them?
2) The Buzz comes with disk brakes, but probably pretty low end disks for the price. Are they better/worse than the brakes on the Safari? I've ridden a mountain bike with disk brakes and LOVED them... but I've heard on a road bike they are less of a automatic pro. Maybe true, maybe not.
What else am I overlooking about the differences between the two?
More than anything we will probably be cruising around town with a trailer in tow for the kid. However I could see myself commuting a bit for work and maybe going on some longer rides with friends. For the sub-$1,000 price range, which would you go with?
Safari: Novara Safari Bike - 2014 at REI.com
Buzz: Novara Buzz Bike - 2014 at REI.com