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Old 02-05-11, 10:34 AM
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If not a WorkCycles Oma, then what?

I've been commuting to work in spring/summer/fall on a $300 Giant cruiser that I got a few years ago. Last year I heard about the Workcycles Oma and was intrigued. I liked the idea of having a bike with mudflaps and fenders, allowing me to ride it in the rain, which I can't do with my Giant. I also liked the fact that it has a frame-mounted front carrier, which can support a crate or basket - panniers are useful, but I've found them not so great for carrying a gallon of milk from the grocery store - also, when I commute to work (or do errands at the mall), sometimes I need more carrying capacity than just my panniers, so I'd really like a strong basket.

There are no shops near me that carry it (Buffalo, NY) but I will fortunately be going to Portland in June and have plans to check one out then at Clever Cycles.

However, I've been seeing some comments on Bikeforums about how getting such a bike is a big waste of money. While I am willing to pay for good quality, I could consider other options too. Does anyone know of a less-expensive bike that has these features?

-Allows me to sit upright (I hate being hunched over on a bike)
-Is comfortable
-Is good quality
-Fenders
-Mudflaps
-Skirtguard
-Chainguard
-Internal hub gear
-about 7 or 8 speeds
-Attached front & rear lights are a plus
-Able to support a heavy-duty basket in front

The speed of the bike is not much of a consideration. I only live 2.7 miles from work, and live close to a lot of shops and other places where I do errands, so I prefer to go at a relaxed pace. (No, I'm not lazy - in fact I do a lot of working out. I just enjoy biking and prefer to do it at a leisurely pace.)

Thanks for any suggestions!
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Old 02-05-11, 10:56 AM
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I'd say go for the Oma if that is the style of bike you want. It looks like a great bike and not too expensive for what you get. I live in Buffalo as well and I think that the Oma could be ridden all year with just the addition of studded tires come winter. If I worked 2.7 miles away from work (well and didn't have other reasons for having a car most days...dropping and picking kids ups from daycare) I'd try to ride to work most days. Right now I'm about 7.5 miles away from work and it is not bad when the weather is good, but kind of pushing it in the snow. So go out to Portland and test ride the Oma. If you like it have them box it up and ship it home. If you have done any research on the Oma you have probably stumbled upon Dottie's blog at http://letsgorideabike.com/. She rides her Oma all over in all weather.
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Old 02-05-11, 11:11 AM
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Apparently Adeline Adeline in NYC sells the Oma. That's closer than Portland.
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Old 02-05-11, 12:05 PM
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Apparently Adeline Adeline in NYC sells the Oma. That's closer than Portland.
Thanks, yes, I looked into them too. However, I'd rather not make a special trip just to see the bike (it would either be a 10 hour drive one way, or a flight + drive, and would probably need to stay one night in a hotel, etc). I will already be in Portland for another reason in June, so I'm going to stop at Clever Cycles then while I'm in the area. If I hadn't already been planning to be in Portland, I probably would look into going to Adeline Adeline or to the Dutch Bike Company (Amtrak has a cheap trip to Chicago).
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Clever Cycles has several similar bikes that you can check out while you're there. There's also Joe-bike.com up the street which sells the chinese knock-off the flying pigeon (though I don't see it on their website).
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Is hi-tensile steel the standard for that style of bike?
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To me it seems you have a similar bike already if you have a Giant Cruiser. There are multiple ways to attach fenders, racks, and a chainguard. If you tell us the name and age of your cruiser we might be able to give you suggestions.
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There are a lot of bikes on the market now that will give you similar features, for less money, and weigh a lot less than the Oma.
Giant now makes one:
http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-ca/....w/8101/45653/
Trek makes one:
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...bellevillewsd/
If Norco is sold where you live, there's the Cityglide 8W:
http://www.norco.com/bikes/urban/cit...glide-8-igh-w/
The Masi Soulville Mixte is a very nice machine as well, especially since they've improved the brakes:
http://www.masibikes.com/archives/soulville-7-mixte/
The Breezer Uptown 8 is a true European style bike, I saw thousands like it when I visited Munich a few years back:
http://www.breezerbikes.com/index.ph...es/66-uptown-8
There are probably others that I've missed, and exile is right, you can most likely put fenders and a basket on the bike you already have.

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Short, slow commute and errands - sounds like your lifestyle is perfect for that sort of bike. They're all the same, just pick whatever one is prettiest. I would buy the Pashley, myself.
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Don't forget the Gary Fisher Simple City (e.g., http://fisherbikes.com/bike/model/si...ity-8-stepthru) series.
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Originally Posted by exile View Post
To me it seems you have a similar bike already if you have a Giant Cruiser. There are multiple ways to attach fenders, racks, and a chainguard. If you tell us the name and age of your cruiser we might be able to give you suggestions.
Exile, thanks. The bike I have is the Giant "Simple Seven," from 2008.
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It looks like the Simple Seven has a chainguard already. It also looks like it has eyelets to attach a rack and/or fenders.

Planet Bike ATB Cascadias should work fine for fender coverage. they also come in different colors. If you are unsure about attaching them (not that difficult) then visit a LBS (Local Bike Shop).

If you want to attach lights, there are multiple ways to do so as well. I have some P7 flashlights from dealextreme attached with flashlight mounts. Also the Magicshine is recommended. You will need batteries and charger if you don't have one already. For rear lights the PB Superflash is recommended. It comes with a seatpost mount.

To attach a rack you may be able to use the existing eyelets. The Topeak Explorer rack should work fine. If not you can attach a rack using p clamps.

Wald makes a bunch of different types of baskets so you can carry items.

If you are unsure about anything just visit your LBS and ask questions.
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Thank you to everyone for the comments. I will check out the Oma in June, and if I'm not crazy about it, I will also look at the other options that people mentioned. Exile, regarding the chain guard on my Giant Simple Seven, I was hoping to have a full chain guard, because right now part of it is exposed and I sometimes end up with grease on my leg. I assume that it's doable to simply replace the existing chainguard with a full one?
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