After commuting to/from the Balloon Fiesta in the dark (twice) on my road bike, I decided that I'd like to do more commuting by bike. In the past, I commuted on an aluminum road bike that I no longer own. It wasn't ideal for that job for several reasons. I still own a 90s steel frame mountain bike that I thought would work, but it's heavy and not very pleasant to ride. After about 1.5 miles, I'm pretty much done riding that bike. So I decided to look for a used hybrid.
|my nifty upcycled pannier bag|
While I believe most people are better off commuting on a touring or city bike, given these conditions, a hybrid with decent traction really seems like a good answer in my case. Also something with decent gearing so I can haul my mass up that hill (carrying laptop, change of clothes, etc). Buying a used bike seems like the way to go for a utility bike, so my search was on...
|Scott P6 Sportster hybrid (2009?)|
|Richey SpeedMax tires|
I ended up going with the Scott because asking price was only $35 over the Giant, was ride-ready, and those tires really handle well on a variety of surfaces. Overall, I'm pleased with my find.
I plan to replace the seat post mounted rack with a frame mounted rack. I also have a bike computer that I want to install along with my lights. And I need to fix up an underseat bag with the right kind of tubes for these tires.
I won't actually be able to start commuting for several weeks because I need to give my knee time to get through the treatment and begin healing, but this gives me a project while I'm benched. When my knee is ready, the bike will be ready as well. Win-win!