Commuter bike opinions - Marin Muirwoods v. Kona Dew Plus etc.
May 25, 2014 12:05 PM Subscribe
I'm interested in getting a bike for rides around the neighborhood and occasional commuting (~4-5 mi). I'm pretty much a beginner rider, interested in comfort and safety more than high performance. I rode and enjoyed the Kona Dew Plus and Marin Muirwoods, and I'm also interested in the Fairdale Weekender and Origin8 Intersekt 7. I'd appreciate opinions on these bikes, comparable alternatives, or general wisdom. Snowflake details inside.
posted by dredge to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm interested in getting a bike for rides around the neighborhood and occasional commuting (~4-5 mi). I'm in central Austin which is relatively flat and dry.
I've barely ridden in the past few years, and never did any real riding on larger streets before. I'm 6'0, and I definitely prefer a more upright posture and straight handlebars.
I've been to a couple shops to ride bikes; I briefly rode and enjoyed the Dew Plus and Marin Muirwoods, and I'm going to be trying out the Weekender and Intersekt 7 later on this week.
I'd be interested in any opinions on any of these bikes, or other recommendations. It's important to me to buy through a local shop, so I'll probably limit myself to what thy stock or will order for me.
A couple things that I tried and didn't like so much are the Torker Graduate (I didn't really like the handbars and posture, it felt almost too relaxed to me) and a Masi (didn't like the road bike style shifters, or the multi-position grips). Just for aesthetic reasons, I'm also not real big on the stuff that l associate with beach cruisers like a built-in basket (I might come around to a chain guard and fenders, but I don't love how they look).
I want something that will stick around for a while and be pretty user friendly. I'm not real concerned with weight and don't want to spend more than I have too. I'm trying to keep everything under 800-1000 including accessories (light, helmet, back rack, pump, tools).
Any assistance is super appreciated.