With the Surly Long Haul Trucker well and truly in commuting service I'm starting the search for another bike. This time for my better half.
We have a good problem that needs to be solved. Our son, despite his tender years, loves to ride and can ride over 10km on the flat. That means we can now have great family bike rides. My better half has a mountain bike but despite its very small size (14.5" frame) and very short stem (almost nonexistent) it is too long in the top tube for her to be comfortable. Riding with our son is a bit of a chore when it could be fun with a more comfortable bike.
We are looking for a bike that is comfortable and can be ridden on anything from the Riesling Trail to the road to the Linear Park. The top three criteria are that it has to be easy and uncomplicated to ride, look nice and be easy to maintain. The bars need to be higher than the seat and the reach to the bars such that a reasonably upright position be maintained. Due to her small size (160cm tall) and light weight we don't want heavy bike either.
I've looked at Gazelles and the lovely Civia Loring and Midtown. The the Gazelles don't have the class and the small Civia frames may be a touch to large. Something with a 7, 8 or 9 speed hub in a stylish XS frame would be great but I haven't found anything yet. If you have any ideas I'd be glad to hear them.