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    Default N+1 fun dad bike

    Have a friend who's looking for a dad bike and asked for my suggestions.

    He has a road bike for casual spins with his kids. He wants something reliable with easy maintenance that's comfortable to ride. Budget less is more.

    It has to be plug and play so can't be custom or parts.

    My first thought was something like Velo Orange but I don't see completes.

    As a Surly owner meh so what does that leave ... what about something like a Trek Stache 29+ but fully rigid and maybe even ss. Is there anything in that vein?

    This is really just N+1 fun bike territory with a wide open brief but I'm drawing a blank.

    Thought I'd nudge the Salon to peer down the rabbit hole if anyone has suggestions.
     

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    My second thought was a mini velo potentially because they're fun then I landed below which I thought was interesting.

     

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    This looks like a fun bike if you do not have to climb anything :)
     

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    I'd totally rock that for knocking around the hood or running an errand. And, to Lionel's point, I wouldn't have to climb anything except onto a bar stool when riding that to the local brewery.
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    This is the one I want for knocking around the neighborhood. Simple, yet dripping with extreme pretense. I actually love it but it's not likely to happen. But it would actually be cool for the sub-urban errands I do around my sub-urban hood.

    Sorry for the drift, but we're all bored out of our minds and this forum needs more bike content.

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    So no chance of knocking some parts together? Scraping up a few pieces is part of the fun and a good way to make use of things otherwise collecting dust.
    I built this as an urban run-a-bout.
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    It's fun, in a pedal mashing, bone rattling kind of way.
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    There is about a zillion 26er mtbs out there. My bike that gets the call for banging around town is my Schwinn Breezer 26inch girls bike with a coaster brake. Not easy to get the speed up on, but good enough. One of my buddies has that Speedvagen Urban whip Mr. Saab. He has had issues with the rear hub several times. That may be the weak link of the thing. Sure is a cool bike when it ain't broke.
     

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    I usually recommend the Cannondale Quick series. One of my wife's colleagues took my recommendation during this social-distancing and says it is great. He got a Quick 5. We forget that most people just want a thing to pedal around. They aren't interested in the slightest about Ultegra whatsit. Mostly they want the ability to ride 5mph without falling over. The Cannondale frame easily amazes people with how light it is even in the entry level models. I am sure Trek and Specialized make similar models, but the Cannondale colors are nicer.

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    Cruiser or clunker could be a good fit here. Or just an old MTB with swept bars and fat slicks.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    ...We forget that most people just want a thing to pedal around. They aren't interested in the slightest about Ultegra whatsit. Mostly they want the ability to ride 5mph without falling over.....
    So true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by classtimesailer View Post
    That was my first thought as well but I went 26 inch. 29 just seems too big for a bmx bicycle.

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....AC_SL1500_.jpg
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad View Post
    That was my first thought as well but I went 26 inch. 29 just seems too big for a bmx bicycle.

    https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....AC_SL1500_.jpg
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    ^^^ I've thought about being one of those nerds myself. I seem to recall Dave Kirk bringing up adult-sized BMX bikes in a past thread ...
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    Surely any cheapo hybrid fits the bill. A fun dad couldn't care less what bike he rdes with his kids, what matters is how far he can wheelie it and how big skids it does.
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    I was about to suggest a Cube Hyde Pro. Exists in standard or mixte frame and Alfine 8 + belt. But then I realized it might not be distributed in the USA.



    The closest I can find (Alfine + Belt + moderately high volume tires) from a us brand is the cannondale Bad Boy:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saab2000 View Post
    "...This is the one I want for knocking around the neighborhood..."
    Looks great, @Saab2000. Big tires to keep things cushy and that olive/gray paint looks terrific. I love it!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by classtimesailer View Post
    Similarly, I picked up a We The People Atlas off craigslist. The Atlas has 24" wheels. Its super fun. It completely takes me back to childhood and riding around on an original PK Ripper. I put on a longer seat post and brooks saddle (had one that i didn't like for road biking but is perfect for this purpose). Saddle height is not correct for real riding but its about perfect for all the stop / start / jump off / quick get on and chase a kid action that I've experienced so far. I don't really know what its like biking with bigger kids, but my guess is that there will still be a lot of getting on / off the bike. Therefore, anything with a horizontal top tube is probably out.
     

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    The main reason I went with a Redline was for "those cranks"!!!
     

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