My beloved old Cannondale turns 22 this August. It’s a “touring” bike, a category that no longer really exists. It’s designed for heavy loads and long distances, so it’s a great commuter bike. I miss my bike! It got a flat before I left, so when I finally get home (it’s been eight weeks as of today) I’ll need to fix the tire before I can go for a ride.
@UncleVinny I still see touring bikes. Are they different than the old style?
I’d like one, but I’m cheap so I make do with a mountain bike on commuter tires.
I wouldn’t have the opportunity to use it properly, anyway.
20" wheel folding bike with 2" tires. I ride to the train station to work. It folds up and can be put in a trunk. I can keep up with 85% of bike commuters. Funny to see a big guy (6’ 250lb Hawaiian) riding on a little bike, but it works for me!
@rtjhnstn I went on one of those last year. With the exception of maybe one hill and a tiny bit at starting, I can honestly say that we patrons contributed virtually nothing to the locomotion. We just ran off the electric motor almost exclusively.
I bet it depends a bit on the operator, though.
for the last decade and a half i’ve ridden a succession of fixed-gear track bikes, slightly optimized for commuting. i enjoy the ease of maintenance and connection to the road. also, for the money, it’s the lightest style of bike available.
if i lived somewhere hilly i’d want variable gears, but i haven’t found them necessary yet.
Ever since buying my carbon road bike I’ve never looked back. So light and fast. Stiff where it should be but compliant to make for a comfortable ride. I have around 7k miles on that bike and that’s just the miles logged on my gps.
Classic cruiser. This is my “new vintage” Schwinn Cruiser Deluxe ca. 1997. The last of the USA manufactured Schwinns and Schwinn’s last effort to revive their business before selling out to Wind Point/Pacific. Hand assembled, hand painted and pinstriped, it’s a very, very high quality bicycle.