- town bike
guy I sit next to at work has got one of those. He likes it. Rode London – Brighton at the weekend.
Coaster brake, which you might like or not. Certainly takes a bit of gettig used to if you’ve been riding bikes without them for years. Didn’t like it on the bike I hired in Copenhagen for 3 days.Posted 3 years agostumpy01Member
need a bike to ride about town. Needs mud guards and a few gears.
I’d love a Kona Dr Good, but it’s a bit much!
this looks ok with enough left over to spend on bits
Any other ideas?
p.s. I could build one up, but i know i’d end up blowing my budjet!Posted 3 years agoBreganteSubscriber
Merlin Single Malt £259
Posted 3 years agonedrapierSubscriber
I was surprised how much relearning I had to do with the coaster brake. Loads of little things – you can’t kick the pedals round so they’re in the right spot to move off at a junction – you have to decide in advance which foot you’re going to put down (not always going to be the same one – if the road’s cambered – right turn from a one way street etc), set the pedals so the other foot is forward, then back pedal to brake.
It turns out I quite often back pedal half a revolution to reset the pedals if I’m turning through traffic, swerving for something in the road, preparing for a rough surface, popping off a kerb. Having unconscious balancing tactics being stopped halfway and the bike stopping under you doesn’t make for a pleasant bike ride.
Even given that I’d be doing a lot less of that sort of riding with a child on the back, I’d still want a lot of practice before I trusted myself with precious cargo that’s also going to bring some added balancing challenges.
Or, alternatively, I wouldn’t get a bike with a coaster brake.
It could be that I’m a stuck in the mud who’s got weird riding habits that are unusually hard wired, and there are plenty of people reading this wondering how on earth I could have had so much trouble…Posted 3 years agoHansReySubscriber
the vitus vee is ok for getting around on, and it’s ok offroad too. However, it doesn’t have rack mounts and it has a 120mm rear wheel spacing.
Also, the non-disc version (vee, not dee) doesn’t have disc caliper mounts. Should you want to upgrade later on, this is important!Posted 3 years ago
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