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Old 03-26-14, 08:06 PM
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Frustrated motorcycle owner looking for alternative

Greetings. I was riding my motorcycle to the store today when it crapped out for at least the fifth time. It was just ride-able enough for me to get it to a nearby shop where I've taken it many times over the past two years. No matter how major or minor the repairs turn out to be this time, I'm done with it. The cost of the bike was $2800, and I've spent at least $2000 on repairs. Not really such a big deal in the scheme of things, considering I haven't had to own a car in eight years and the insurance for the bike is about $70 a year, but still--the whole point of getting it was to be a minimalist.

So, I'm now mulling over the possibilities. Another motorcycle? Meh. Maybe. They're fun, but I think I can get away with not having a motor vehicle at all, and I'd just rather not have to worry when something is going to break. A car? Almost certainly not. I hate being boxed in, and at 6'6", I think I'm entitled to call cars "cages" even more than most bikers are. I also hate the thought of spending so much money on a transportation device that I would never, ever buy if teleportation was a real thing. At least motorcycles are a blast when they're running. Cars, to me, are just incredibly boring all around.

If I get a bicycle, here's what I'll be looking for:

--Suitable for hauling large loads of groceries in panniers, a trailer, etc. (Probably a trailer.)

--Suitable for a 6'6", 240-pound rider. (That's mostly muscle, not fat. I have no desire to weigh less than I do.)

--Comfortable but still quite fast.

I have no desire to ride off pavement.

Much of my commuting, including my grocery store commuting, will be up very steep hills. Are some bikes better than others for this sort of riding?

Any pointers at all would be appreciated.
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Old 03-27-14, 12:31 AM
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Cheers and welcome to Bike Forums. Sounds like your questions would be best answered in our Living Car Free or maybe Commuting forums.

It might be a good idea to give us a clue as to where you live, as what's available locally varies.

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Welcome to BF and good luck with your quandary! As you go into your research, you should realize that some of the attributes you’re looking for may be mutually exclusive. Comfortable, suitable for a 6’6”/240# rider and suitable for hauling large loads in panniers or trailer can all go together OK in one (carefully chosen) bike, but able to go quite fast may be a problem. The big load haulers (like my XL size Salsa Fargo) tend to be heavy, have wide tires and not be “racing bike light/aero/efficient.” The Fargo can go fast but it’s not a dedicated “go fast bike.” Kind of like the difference between a delivery van and a Corvette. Good luck with your search and whatever you end up buying.
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easiest to go faster; pedal harder!

try panniers first, youll be surprised how much you can fit in them..
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