Tell me about bikes. It's been a long time since I've owned one, and when I did I trashed that thing, being a kid and all. Now I would like to get a new one, and one that I can love for many years to come. So, please share your thoughts on brands, hardware and tech.
I'm really just looking for your open viewpoints on brands, technology, makes & models and their specific uses, and maybe your specific build and why you love it. No right or wrong answer here, and I'm not in a rush, this is more focused for a springtime purchase
Some basic info to carve your answers/ideas from:
- I live in Minneapolis (Uptown area), so it's fairly bike friendly, and I'd really like to get a bike to run basic errands with, and maybe go to work (~14mi) once in a while.
-I'm not into speed, so I'm not looking for a light frame, or a racing bike, and I'm really not looking for a mountain bike, just an errand and general use bike for town. A friend of mine once said "A Mr. Zombie bike goes slow
" but I corrected him by saying "A Mr. Zombie bike does not go fast"
-I've been keeping my eyes on the Surly brand, mostly because they're popular in my area, and I know a few people that love them. I'm not married to that brand, or any brand
-I've really been liking the look and feel of a Surly Big Dummy
, but I'm open to something smaller if it hits the right nerve.
I know that I'm going to hear "get to Penn Cycle or The Alt and just see what feels good", but I'd like to go in there with at least an idea of some brands to focus on, hence this question.