My once-loved 3 speed bike is no longer meeting my needs. Should I buy a brand new bike or try to upgrade what I have?
I currently have a Linus Mixte
3 speed, which I've been riding happily for about 4 years. This bike has been great for me, and it helped me to get into cycling again after a long hiatus, plus it's super cute (hey - style counts!). The step through frame is great for when I wear skirts, and I like being able to get my feet comfortably on the ground at red lights. However, I've recently started using it to commute to work 5 days a week, and since then I'm starting to think I've outgrown it. Three gears doesn't feel like enough, especially on hills, and it starts to get uncomfortable on longer rides. Also, the upright riding position is nice for shorter trips, but on longer rides I start to feel like I'm not pedaling as efficiently as I could be, and I get tired easily.
My budget is about $1,000, and these are my options:
1) Upgrade the Linus to 8 speeds and change the handlebars. This would probably cost a few hundred dollars, and I'm not sure if it would solve all my problems.
2) Sell the Linus and buy a new, more "serious" bike. If so, what?
3) Keep the Linus for short rides and buy a 2nd sportier bike for longer rides (this way lies bike hoarder crazytown, I know)
More about me:
- Female, 5'9", 160 lbs. Relatively fit but definitely not an athlete.
- I live in NYC and commute from Brooklyn to midtown Manhattan, 9 miles each way. It's mostly flat but there are a few hils, which is when I really feel like I need more gears. I also sometimes go for longer rides on the weekends, either around town or outside of the city.
- I have plenty of room for indoor bike storage at home, but minimal at work, so I usually lock up on the street there. I could fit a bike in my office at work but it would be a tight squeeze (folding bike would be great for this, but I have the same concerns about how a folding bike would be for long/hilly rides).
- Bike theft is obviously an issue in NYC, so I'm slightly nervous about spending a lot of money on an expensive bike that could be stolen.