Trying to find a suitable (new) bike for a friend with a 3yo he wants to be able to transport, as well as being able to use the bike as a daily work commuter.
- child seat on rear rack
- disc brakes (I say hydro)
- Front rack/basket
- Sensible gearing
I have been looking at the Jamis Coda Elite. It’s steel with a carbon fork, and I think it would be a suitable bike. However the Giant Cross City (alloy frame, carbon fork) is better equipped for the money IMO. Both have all the suitable braze ons for the front and rear racks and fenders.
- Is alloy ok or should I really go for steel?
- Rack mounted seat on the back the “best” option?
- Any other things to be aware of for lugging kids around?
My gf is damn happy with her Liv Thrive Disc (equivalent-ish to cross city) but the main concern i have is the frame material.
Thanks for any perspectives!