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    Default City Bike Reco's?

    My wife is interested in getting a cruiser / city bike for quick runs to the hardware store, coffee, bagels in the morning etc. These trips will be a whopping 2-3 miles total, but it beats firing up the car.

    Any suggestions?
    Good bikes?
    Bad bikes?
    Things to think about?

    Thanks!

    Rob

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    Check out the Raleigh venture 7spd
    Less than 300.00 and well designed for baskets and racks and such.
    Lex

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    fisher simple city.

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    op focuses on function not cost, so why not buy locally:

    http://antbikemike.wordpress.com/basket-bike/

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    http://www.bianchiusa.com/08_milano_parco.html

    i have one of these, that my wife and i share.

    this is the 3 speed version, we have the 8 spd, from a couple years ago - for the hills

    most expensive piece on this bicycle is the rear hub, go figure.


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    anybody have any thoughts on QBP's new brand, Civia?

    http://www.civiacycles.com/

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    How large is the market for a $3100+ city bike that appears to be a Taiwanese frame with a nice mix of components?

    I would think that those who live in this space would want something from a small batch frame builder or something significantly less expensive like a >$999 mass produced bike (something from Electra, Raleigh or Gary Fisher or perhaps even a build up from Kogswell or something similar).

    Am I alone in this opinion?

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    the civia is $2000 to $3200 - $3200 being the rohloff-hub version

    you're right, it seems kinda steep

    but if it's a nice bike and does what it's supposed to do, then maybe it's not excessive

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    Hardlyrob, what are approximate cargo-carrying plans? Just a small rear rack coupled with a modest saddlebag?
    Perhaps something more comprehensive like dual racks with bags front & rear?

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    My wife runs a business restoring wooden windows for old houses. As a result she makes frequent runs to the local hardware store for bits and pieces. The idea is that she could use a bike that will carry stuff (unlike her road bike), and get a little exercise in while not using any more gas.

    We're thinking a front basket, and probably a rear rack.

    The biggest individual thing would be a gallon of paint or primer.

    Thanks for the advice.

    Rob

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    get her a basic mountain/ city bike./
    w/ 1.4 tires or something it would be very serviceable and durable.
    easy enough to get to the aggie and back.

    you home sat?
    saw the race im sure.

    weather held. a miracle

    we had a race in topsfield, ma that runs right by robs house. great little roads in there.

    http://www.velonews.com/article/8285...ield-road-race

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    How about an Xtracycle?
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