Looking for a cheap cruiser bicycle, bike thieves should rot in hell.
August 30, 2013 6:31 AM Subscribe
Less than 3 months ago, I bought a Raleigh Retroglide
cruiser bicycle from my local bike shop. I loved it; it was stolen
from the train station last week. I want to replace it this weekend. I noticed the slightly cheaper Northrock OCM
cruiser at Costco. Should I try that, get another Raleigh, or do something else?
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I use it for my three-mile, very flat commute to the town's train station, and sometimes for riding to the neighborhood beach. I'm a 6", 240lb guy. I liked that the Retroglide was single-speed with minimal maintenance, I want something I can leave at the train station in all kinds of weather. I also liked the upright posture of the cruiser - basically I want something like a very affordable Dutch-style city bike.
The Retroglide was about $330 a the LBS. I was mostly satisfied. The middle bar was a little high (hard to get my leg over getting on or off) and the seat was a little too bouncy. It was also very heavy but as my ride is flat that didn't bother me.
The Northrock was $250 at Coscto, unassembled. With no gears and coaster brakes I can handle the assembly. The bike is much lighter than the Retroglide. It has a quickrelease front wheel, which is a detriment - just means it's more likely to be stolen.
I have no confidence in the security at the train station, it's likely someone will try to steal the bike again. As such, $330 is really the most I want to spend. Bikes that aren't stolen tend to get fucked with, quickrelease parts aren't great. I had a cable lock on the bike that was stolen, it was cut (found it in the grass) so I'll get the more expensive Kryptonite u-lock with a cable lock to loop around the front wheel.
I'm not going to buy a used bike off Craigslist, because my time is limited: I'd like to get this done tomorrow. I've spent enough time on CL this week to know that most bikes for sale now are old mountain bikes that don't look as comfortable. And since my last bike was ripped off I'm disinclined to buy used and possibly support a thief.
I can't really tell from the website if the Northrock is as large as the Raleigh. The Raleigh's "Seat Tube Length" is 475mm/18.7" - is that the same as the "18" Frame Size" advertised for the Costco bike? I sat in the demo model in the store but couldn't tell.
If it's helpful, there's also an REI nearby.
In sum, I want a cheap cruiser bike that will survive locked up outside with minimal maintenance. Is there any good reason to spend $80 more on the Raleigh? Is there another bike model I'm overlooking?