Early on in my blog, I posted some key points for a city bike (see here). Fat tires, fenders, gears, flat pedals, decent standover, etc etc... those all still apply. Within those requirements, though, there's a lot of freedom.
Some oddballs from my past builds:
I changed my custom built Curtlo over to a city bike after getting into 29ers:
I rigged a derailer onto my Rig and installed my old front mounted child seat:
At one point, I thought the kids might like a smoother ride for the child seat, so I picked up a cheapier full sus frameset:
Turns out they found the bumps kind of exciting, and full suspension on the road isn't any fun to pedal, even with a child seat.
I bought the Double Cross to build into a dedicated utility bike:
Between the lightweight tubing and the low trail, the rSogn wasn't especially good for pulling my bike train:
For a long time, the Fargo was my main city bike:
Recently, I've been trading city duties between the Buzz, the Cross Check, and the Breezer. The CC is my current ride:
However, I'm not happy with this role for the CC. Standover is a big high, and it's ultimately not how I want to use my CC. While I was hoping for a poor man's Rivendell vibe for this build, I like it better as a middle class man's Surly.
The Breezer filled this role for a while:
I really like the image of fat 26" slicks for this job, but the Breezer doesn't quite fit, and also falls short of useful braze ons. And it's potentially been sold.
I have a plan now to resurrect the Buzz for this job again:
I'll miss the 26" wheels, so I'll be on the lookout for an old Surly Troll, 26"/60cm LHT, or something similar to come along. But in the meantime, the Buzz will do this job capably. I have ideas for it, as well.. as Paula used to say on American Idol, "to make it my own."
Just a short ride today of no particular note.