Hasaf wrote: Thu Nov 23, 2023 10:43 am
I recently purchased another bicycle to use for non-eBike applications that are also not suited to my recumbents. In other words, simple urban applications. Local errands and the like.
I chose a priority 600. For those who don't know, Priority's game is belt drive, meaning instead of a chain, they rely on the Gates belt drive. It works well but precludes any sort of derailleur system. Most of their bikes rely on Internal Gear Hubs (IGH) or the Fallbrook Infenintantly variable transmission hub.
The 600 uses the Pinion gear system
that places a motorcycle-like transmission near the crank arms. in theory, this should reduce maintenance needs even more. With that, Hydraulic brakes, and a belt drive, this should be a very low-maintenance bicycle.
A dozen years or so ago, after riding her Ryan Vanguard (recumbent) to work a fair bit, my wife expressed a desire for a bike she could ride to work in office attire. I found her a Globe Live 3 Mixte. Globe was an offshoot of Specialized (much like Saturn was an offshoot of GM) focused, sort-of, on utility bicycling. The Live series featured a built-on basket mounted to the fork (instead of the handlebars), the Mixte was, of course, a step-through frame design, and the -3 denoted that it came with the Shimano Alfine-8 IGH and belt drive and hydraulic disc brakes. A month or so after she got the bike, I upgraded the front hub to the Alfine dynamo and mounted a headlight under the front basket (handlebar-mounted headlights weren't working for her--the most common load-out got in the way).
It's a great bike, but I don't think she was ever happy with the handling. A couple years later, while working in a different bike shop, I got her a Specialized Vita with disc brakes, and fitted it with fenders and rack and rechargeable lights, and then a Brompton folding bike.
Yeah, I worked in a few different bike shops, and fell prey to the N+1 rule of "how many bikes is the correct number?"
Which recumbents do you have? My first was a Kann Engineering Linear, bought in 1992, followed by a Ryan Vanguard in 1996. I sold the Linear in 2000, about the time I bought a bikeE AT, which in turn got sold to finance the purchase of a RANS V-Rex. The V-Rex got sold to finance the build of a first-generation Bacchetta Strada that I bought as a frame kit and built with (mostly) Campagnolo parts. I eventually bought a third-hand Vanguard for my wife, so that we have a set of them.
Eventually I'll figure out this signature thing and decide what I want to put here.