My wife is currently in the final stages of writing up her Phd thesis - we’ve agreed that as a finishing present when it’s done, I’ll build her a new bike, and get rid of the shitty avanti she’s been riding for for the last 12 years.
The bike will be mainly used for commuting, riding around with the kids and some light O/N touring. It will be mainly used on bitumen commuting, but will see a bit of dirt from time to time. She’s not a fan of drops so will have some form of flat bar
It needs to;
- be Steel Framed
- have Dual mounts for pannier racks and mudguards
- plenty of clearance for 38c tyres
- be cantilever brake friendly
The candidates are at this stage - Soma Double Cross, Surly Cross check and maybe Salsa Vaya.
Anyone with any experience with any of the above, is there anything else I should be considering? I’m leaning towards the soma at this stage.