Hi. Need to build a bike for Dad duties. The bike will need to pull a trailer (probably with 2 kids and a dog,) accommodate a Hamax child seat, fit racks with panniers, and mudguards. Journeys will be nursery, commute (about 10 mins along bike paths and road) and days out (towpaths, nothing too lumpy.) Would like it to be fairly nippy when stripped of kids seat and trailer.
Thinking of using a RoadRat frame for the build. Got some old Juicy brakes and 9 speed drivetrain with a compact double. Still deliberating over wheels. Need something fairly tough. Tempted by the Kinesis CX wheelset and some fattish road rubber for some extra comfort. Not sure about bars either, flat wide, flat narrow, or drops, or something in between. Any advice? Flat not too narrow is tempting for a bit more stability with the child seat. Would also like something I can fit an xtracycle to when they sort out a new UK distributer.
So, do you have a Dad (or Mum) bike you use for similar duties? How have you built it up? What do you like and what would you change?