Dear Mr Sandberg
you need to get a Cannondale Bad Boy
I don't have one but I want one too. I'm hoping that some Philanthropist will call me soon saying they are gifting me with one but so far the phone has not rung... (or rang as the case may be) for so long, I have contacted the phone company to see if it still works.
Why do I think you need the Bad Boy:
I had an awesome road bike but it got totaled and I was nearly killed.
then I had a no frills mountain bike. chrome molly frame, no suspension but it worked great for like 15 years then I sold it.
I really liked the mountain bike so I went for a better mouse trap and got an Iron Horse Maverick 3.0
. this bike had an aluminum frame and front suspension. This was a good bike too. In fact I bought one for my dad as well who wanted to get back into biking (at 80!)
these bikes were good but frankly overkill for the majority of the riding that we did. I took mine off road like once in 2 years. On the road, they are stable and comfortable mainly due to the large tires, but kinetic energy is not transfered all that well.. you loose energy with the shocks and fat tires. the fastest I ever had that bike going was 42klms / h whereas the road bike went 62klms on a stretch (these are peaks). transporting the bikes was another thing too. so next we investigated folding bikes and bought three "Swiss Bikes" (Montague). Yes they folded and they were ok as well but besides being more expensive than comparable bikes, folding them and trying to stack them in a car or truck was like putting a puzzle together. I recall another guy pulling up with a 4 bike trailer hitch rack, hanging up his 4 bikes and gone by the time I got one bike into position to be able to accommodate the others. So shortly after our stint with the folders, they were gone too. I think they are more like a gadget than a well thought out bike. The frames were built in Taiwan, and the lower bearing on one of the bikes was never right from day one - made a frustrating clicking sound. I was nearly about to change it when they sold.
My brother also bought a Strida. This is a neat bike if you are in the city and planning to hop onto streetcars etc. Strida folds in seconds, weighs about 20L and takes up much less space. If you want a folding bike, I would recommend that over the folding mountain bikes. The FMBs are said to be portable, but in reality they are too heavy to carry and too large to carry onto a crowded subway etc.
Which bring me to Bad Boy (Ultra). This is a hybrid bike, has a single front shock that you can lock out. there are several versions, BB, (center pull brakes) BB "Disk" (disk brakes) and BB Ultra Disks and the shock.
It has great reviews all round but cost from 1000-1500 which is a lot of money to me, especially being as that I would have to buy one for my wife too, we usually buy bikes in pairs.
If anyone wants to donate a bike or two for a tax receipt, I need a "large" and she needs a "medium".
Meanwhile we are bike-less in the City. I was pondering buying a pair of used Renegade MB's that are for sale near us -- that would be taking us back to like 15 years ago.
there, I just saved you 20 years and the experience of trying everything.
so thats why YOU need a Bad Boy!
Note to Cannondale, I hope you will send me a commission or a pair of Bad Boys L & M for the good PR ;~)