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Yet another, which should I buy...?

Old 10-21-12, 09:16 PM
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Yet another, which should I buy...?

I need to get a new (to me) bike fairly soon for winter commuting in the PNW. We had a great summer and even though I love my 3-speed, my commuting mileage has easily doubled since my son started preschool, and the 3-speed really doesn't cut it in this hilly town anyway.

I have seriously been eyeing the Surlys, mainly the Cross Check (rode it, loved it for the most part - minus one thing I will get to in a second) and I am going to try out a LHT soon.

Mileage will be approx 25-30 daily on weekdays. I need something that will be good in the rain throughout the winter and able to carry the load of a toddler on a bike seat (no trailer, we have one but I hate cycling with it), and I have a strong preference for IGH so I will get it built with either 8 or 11 speeds.

The one thing that I am worried about is that I have had a step through bike for a while, and of course the Surlys don't come that way. There aren't too many NEW mixte options out that there I know about (Soma, Riv, and a new Raleigh). Any recommendations on any new or old mixtes that might suit my needs? I hate not being able to try out a ride before buying it, which is part of the reason I have been hesitant to get a Soma or Rivendell...

oh, and my budget is fairly flexible - I'd like to keep it at 2K, but I can go up a little and naturally if I can get something cheaper that will work well, all the better.
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Some of the ones that come to mind may require you to lace in your own rear hub, but the bike already has at least 3 speeds.

-Specialized/Globe Daily 3.
-KHS has updated their IGH offerings
-Jamis Commuter line has a couple of IGH models, but lack the step through.
-Breezer appears to have a decent selection of IGH bikes, some of which are mixtes.
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You want something from VSF Fahrradmanufaktur (German company) ... any English bike shop can order/ship to you in the US (if you don't want to deal with a German shop.)

They have a huge selection of "step-thoughs" at reasonable prices

http://www.fahrradmanufaktur.de/bikes/trekking/

bottom of the line (500€):

http://www.fahrradmanufaktur.de/bike...xus-5-gang-fl/



middle of the road (939€):

http://www.fahrradmanufaktur.de/bike...ium-8-gang-fl/



best with 14-speed Rohloff hub (2300€) ... it does come in step-through as well.

http://www.fahrradmanufaktur.de/bike...edhub-14-gang/



good luck
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Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
Some of the ones that come to mind may require you to lace in your own rear hub, but the bike already has at least 3 speeds.

-Specialized/Globe Daily 3.
-KHS has updated their IGH offerings
-Jamis Commuter line has a couple of IGH models, but lack the step through.
-Breezer appears to have a decent selection of IGH bikes, some of which are mixtes.
I tried a KHS bike the other day and honestly it felt so cheap to me. I felt like I could have been on a Walmart bike. I can't put my finger on why I felt that way, but that's the way it was.

I want to try out Janis and so thanks for the reminder - I think the place I am trying out the LHT has a good selection.

I tried a Breezer Infinity recently and I kinda liked it, but I didn't love it. I want to try to again though.
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