Originally Posted by dopey
Thank you. This is helpful and what I have been thinking of. Basically, a sport/touring type frame, leaning more towards the touring side of things.
I will check out my local store. Have also been seduced by Rivendell.
The first link looks too "mountainbike" for what I am used to riding, but that may be more my problem to get over. I have never ridden anything but drop bars. The second link is what I had expected to see.
If you are looking at a Rivendell
, that is a whole different kettle of fish from anything that you will get from the "big" companies. If you can afford (both financially and the time) to get a Rivendell, that would be awesome, as they are incredible bikes.... If you want something Rivendell'esque without the price point, you could always get a shop to build you up a Surly - you/they could pick the parts config to meet whatever budge you want.
Linkage:Surly LHT FrameSurly LHT BikeSurly CrossCheck FrameSurly CrossCheck Bike
If you really want to go fancy, you can join the 3+ year wait to get a Vanilla
<-- should be ready just in time for your kids to enter college
Or look up any of the winners at the most recent NAHBS
- the North American Handmade Bicycle show... some amazing artistry on display!!