Cycling in Melbourne Australia
Yup. Test ride some.
In my opinion, you won't need suspension, so that'll rule out heaps. Think about distances and hills around you. Saddles can easily be swapped (and frequently are). Think mudguards and lights as well.
This is SWMBO's commuter. A few extras on it. She LOVES!!!!! it!
If you prefer to shop in person then there are a number of great new stores in the inner city that cater for basic transport cyclists, particularly women.
My partner and I use a collection of Basil products to pick up groceries and whatnot. It's amazing how much stuff you can fit in these things.
First, a disclaimer- I have no vested interest in any of these bikes, or the people who sell them.
These are some women's bikes i have seen around that seem good quality and are not terribly expensive- upright city bikes with racks mudguards etc- like what most people in the world ride when they aren't doing some sort of sport.
Allegro - W3 W8/11 and the new mixte 1x9 bikes are all good quality bikes, designed in melbourne. My housemate has the w3 and rides from brunswick to VCA everyday and really likes it,
Pilen swedish bikes, sturdy and comfortable, come with leather brooks saddles and dynamo hub lighting, a bit more expensive than some bikes but good lighting makes life much more pleasant.
Giant Via W about $500 for an 8 speed, less for single speed, a nice bicycle for the price. I ride the mens version and it suits me fine for getting around town, and a friend has the single speed women's version and is very happy with it. The basket on the front is quite handy, but it would be improved with a rack and panniers for carrying reasonable amounts of groceries.
Linus bikes clean and simple looking, the dutchi and mixte are nice straightforward bikes. I believe velo cycles and human-powered cycles are stockists.
other bikes- creme seen them out on the streets and they look ok, the masi soulville, which cory has put up a pic of.
Gazelle make some nice bicycles, but I would be a bit wary of getting something like a toer populair- they are very comfortable and stately to ride, but they are heavy and hard to get up hills.
Personally, I don't reckon much of suspension or supension seatposts- I think on a city bike a good saddle and good frame geometry are more comfortable in the long run and need less looking after.
bikes I personally probably wouldn't buy- indian and chinese made classic style bikes eg avon or flying pigeon- too heavy, poor quality and often less standard parts. The old fashioned brakes don't work well. xds/progear "retro" bikes and reid cycles very cheap, ok if you are on a tight budget but if you could afford more you should get something better- cheap bikes in my experience pay you back with needing more maintenance more often and more frequent replacement of parts- you generally get what you pay for.
I hope this is helpful.
"Allegro - W3 W8/11 and the new mixte.."
VERY pretty! (Spied at AusBike) and... a linus at DirtyDeeds Cx
Some good replies above.
Consider a Giant Via. Being a Giant, they'll be good value and work properly. They are slightly retro euro style bikes. They look a bit like an old Peugeot or Raleigh. I think there are a few models with single or multi gears. The ones I have seen have the integrated basket on the front for carrying stuff where you can see it.
If you want to pretend you're in the Netherlands, this is great value!
https://www.theagendadaily.com/melbourne/sale/lekker/ (Today only, at this price, I believe)
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