So I've got my go-fast road bike and my mountain bike but I am finding the need for an around town bike. Currently I either take my road or my mountain bike to the grocery store, or to pick up whatever at Advance auto or to Ace, etc. It sucks having to carry extra shoes and not having a rack on either of these bikes. Basically with my current bikes, using them to run errands is a big production.
I'm beginning to look at an "around town" bike. Flat pedals, rear rack with big dumb panniers on it, etc. Something that I can jump on and go get 2 growlers of beer (yes 2, gotta keep it balanced ) without having a backpack on. Ok I know I'll have to check the tires regularly but minimal maintenance otherwise. Hence the belt and internal rear hub. Also no awesome grease marks on my leg or pants.
Originally I was looking at a brand new Trek Soho Deluxe, but Trek is very proud of this bike, wanting A LOT of money. I'm talking four figures here. I do like the belt drive and internal rear hub, rear rack, disc brakes, and fenders. I like the bike but I'm wondering if I can get a cheaper alternative that'll fill my needs. At the same time I wonder what quality that alternative will be and if I'm buying quality here.
What I don't want is a fixie or a single speed. I've got a fixie right now and it isn't working for this application (anyone need a vintage fixie??)
Does anyone have any other recommendations for a decent bike that is belt drive, internal gear hub rear, fenders, and rear rack? Currently I'm thinking of getting something else and outfitting it with the fenders, rear rack, etc. I was at performance bike yesterday and I like the prices of the bikes, I just question the quality. I have had good luck with Trek, hence the brand loyalty but at this time I'm willing to start looking at other things.
Not looking to build a bike. I built my mountain bike and it has been nothing but a pain in the rear. Its like my old rover, always needing SOMETHING. I bought my road bike brand new and it just goes. Few problems.
Thanks for the suggestions!