Please don't flame me for posting this, but I am looking for help in picking a bike and learning how to ride a bike safely in the city. I am a mom and I work downtown. I would like a bike for casual riding, possibly with the ability to carry a kid or two, and maybe for commuting to work if I can get the hang of it.
I need help!
What kind of bike should I get? Not able to spend a fortune but willing to invest in a good, safe, well-built and reliable bike especially since I might be transporting children on it.
Where can I take a bike safety class on traffic rules, proper locking techniques for the city, etc?
How can I learn the best and safest route from home to work?
That's awesome! Congrats on your new bike! I'd love to see a picture - it sounds beautiful.
Yes, I think the "buy locally" is supporting smaller businesses. That's really great. Ultimately, it is the choice of the buyer and is one of many considerations (not a requirement, no judgement). :-)
I don't know about child seats but I do recommend going to BFF Bikes for their help. They sell a lot of child seats and should be able to hook you up.
I don't have it yet but hopefully it will look like this :)
What a beautiful bike! Congrats!! :-)
Re: drop bars...the only case I will bring up is that on flat bars, your elbows can stick outside of the bike, but on drops, they're parallel to the bike. That can mean that it's much harder to catch your elbow on a car mirror when you don't expect it. It's definitely a risk/reward issue, but it's something to think about. I had a friend who's brother shattered his elbow catching it on a mirror after switching to flat bars. He didn't even think about it.
To each their own, but depending on how/where you ride, sometimes a smaller profile matters.