When I first started commuting on my bike, I rode a cheap hardtail mountain bike from a big box store. I switched out the knobby tires for smooth road tires and added fenders and a bike rack. It wasn’t the lightest or prettiest thing, but it got the job done.
After riding for a few years and finishing school, it seemed like it might be time to upgrade to a bike that was actually designed for the style of riding I do. So this past summer I purchased a new bike and in the process I got to get ride several different bikes.
I use my bike mostly for commuting to/from work (~8km/30 min each way) and occasionally for grocery shopping and casual rides on the weekend. So I was looking for a bike with the following:
- Upright-ish posture
- IGH – more gears would be better but I could get by with only 3
- < 35 lbs so I can easily get it on the bus if needed
- Step-through/mixte style frame
- $500 – 1000
And the following weren’t necessary but would be definite pluses:
- Disc and/or drum brakes
- Double kickstand
- Dynamo lighting
- Pretty looking
So after doing some research online I was considering the following bikes (roughly in order from least to most expensive):
- KHS Green 3 [t]
- Giant Via 1
- MEC Origami
- Public C7i
- Brodie Section 8 [t][b]
- Brode Pax
- Linus Dutchi 3 [t]
- Linus Mixte 3
- Brooklyn Bicycle Co Willow 7
- Norco Cityglide 8 [t]
- Kona Dr Good
- Breezer Uptown 8
[t] = test rode | [b] = bought
A few of these I wasn’t able to find locally to test ride and others I just didn’t get to test ride them before I bought my bike.
Stay tuned for my next post with my impressions of the Linus Dutchi.