Are Novara bikes any good?
March 29, 2011 10:44 AM Subscribe
How good are the Novara brand bikes
that REI sells and would any of them make a decent commuter bike for me? I have a twenty percent coupon as a member of REI but they won't let me use it for any bike brand other than their own.
posted by octothorpe to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (24 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for a fairly general purpose city bike that I can run on both streets and bike trails to commute to work and for recreation. I'm a pretty large guy in both height and weight (6'2", 250#) so it's got to be big enough and strong enough to handle that. My fair city (Pittsburgh) has some of the most terrible roads in the country and some pretty crappy weather too so assume that any route that I take is going to be uphill both ways and the roads will be full of potholes so it's got to have some good low gears and not fall apart the first time I hit a stretch of cobble-stone pavement.
I generally like the mount bike/hybrid type more than drop-bar road bike but I'd consider any type of bike if it fit me well.
The right answer here might be "don't buy any of these" and look at Trek or Specialized bikes instead but the REI store is convenient and that coupon is tempting.