I need help deciding on my replacement bike

My bike was stolen on the way back from a trip to tassie - I need a replacement - and I'm a little undecided....

So if you can help at all, I'm looking for something with these criteria:

  • I ride everyday so I guess it's good to have something comfortable
  • I like to go cycle touring so something that doesn't mind the hills and bumps
  • I like to carry excessive amounts of stuff (and ocassionally dink people) so something sturdy
  • I don't want it to be something a bike thief will aim for
  • I like to sit up and see the world a bit 

 The viventi world randonne (I think that's what it's called) has been recommended but it looks so beautiful and I fear the bike thieves might think so too.  A part of me just wants to buy a flat bar road bike but I've been advised not to.  And there is always the idea of just finding a frame and putting some decent components on it.... I don't know

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Comment by Martyn P on January 20, 2011 at 12:13pm

I quite like some of the Trek Urban range but they might still be a bit bling and tempting for thieves. But what new bike with a brand name isn't?


Check out the Eco Design Range and the Soho (internal hubs and belt drive!)



Comment by recumbenteer on January 20, 2011 at 3:52pm

totally unbiased opinion....  lol  ;-)


try a recumbent trike... u get comfort like u wouldnt believe...

a great commuter... PLENTY of respect on the road, no 'rushing past the shoulder' experiences...more comfort

Load it up, n the kitchen sink fits in, or a trailer.... no balance issues

What theif in their right mind is gonna knock off a recumbent....lol

A great way to 'see' the world.... just look around.

Comment by Hunge on January 20, 2011 at 4:03pm
There are so many good bikes out there and if you are looking a tour/commuter, you can't go pass a good old steel frame, like a Surly. Have a chat to the guys at Cheeky Monkey http://www.cheekytransport.com.au/ . They have been in the touring and commuter business for well over 10 years and they specialized in that sort of riding.

Good luck.. :-)
Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on January 20, 2011 at 4:22pm

I would not choose to buy or not buy a bike on the basis of it might attract thieves.  In my opinion, thieves steal bikes for all sorts of reasons.  Buy the best bike you can afford that suits your needs and is most comfortable.  Then don't leave it unattended.  Maybe that's easy for me to say, I don't know your full circumstances.

If we have our bikes on a vehicle, we only eat lunch, etc where we can see them.  If I stop for lunch or coffee while riding, I leave the bike chained up but also make sure I have a good sight line to the bike.

When I go to a shop or to work, I take the bike inside with me.  

Just my opinion.  :-)

Comment by Bill Parker on January 20, 2011 at 4:25pm
The new Vivente Randonneur does look good and the one with trekking bar seems a good price for a fully equiped touring bike, Cheeky Monkey have them and their latest blog post recommends them. There is nothing really you can do to prevent stealing other than normal measures, low life are everywhere and will nick the rubbishest bike if the first one they come across. I am not keen on the colour of the Vivente but maybe that makes it less attractive too to thieves too? I had been waiting on the new Viviente but it was a long time in coming out so I got a cheapish 2nd hand Cannondale Touring 2 so I will have to wear that out before I am allowed another
Comment by Hunge on January 20, 2011 at 5:04pm

@ MadameBike, all I can say is "get yourself a good lock". You cant go wrong with a Kryptonite D-Lock. They are the best on the market and you cant break into them. Its also the one and only lock that bike messengers all over the world use. They might cost a bit, but well worth it. You can also replace your quick-release skewers, with lockable ones. These days, bike rack manufactures are making racks that are lockable. 


So don't be afraid to buy a nice new bike, if thats what you want and spend that little bit extra to secure your bike. 


Comment by Ma Dame Vélo on January 20, 2011 at 5:12pm

@Hunge,  yes we do have one of those.  However, when you ride a carbon fibre road bike, you don't want the lock to weigh more than the whole bike.  :-)


I mainly give it to my 17 year old son to padlock his Intense 5.5 MTB.  He is young and strong and can ride his dually anywhere.  I am but an old and feeble woman.  :-(


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