Avalanche 1st bike
Greetings. I am a new member on this forum, trying to find 4 good places to make replies because I want to post my question, which has to do with having my beloved GT Avalanche of 9 years stolen last week.
I liked my bike very much. I didn't know how much, though, until I have had to do without it. It wasn't perfect for how I use it, but I don't know what would be better. Now, I am trying to decide whether to buy a new bike (and risk getting it stolen), or find something old and beat up (and risk getting it stolen). Either way I go, I think nothing out there could meet all my needs. ?!
- I don't need shocks
- I want disc brakes
- I like click shifters
- Straight handlebars are more comfortable
- I like bar ends
- Clipless pedals are a must
- Separate chain rings are good. I habitually wear out the middle one :nono:
- I have jandd paniers and need a rear rack. The burliest one I can find would be good, as I've carried as much as ~75 lbs on it before.
- However, I prefer the kind of rear rack which mounts to the bike frame rather than going through the rear wheel skewer, as it's such a drag to have to remove the rack when changing a flat tire.
- I like mountain bike tires, not the thinner hybrids
I have a cargo bike trailer from Bikes at Work. It attatches to the bike via a ball hitch which mounts on the frame triangle behind the brakes. It can mount on most any bike. However, frequently I wind up dumping the bike over while loading it up with up to 300 lbs of cargo (on top of the ~75 lbs on the rack). For this reason, I'd love a utility kickstand (like plescher?)
The reason I joined this site is with the hope of getting some advice from someone who could steer (ha ha) me in the direction of a bike which can handle my trailer and how I use the bike in general. I go up hills fully and (more often) partially loaded. Some of the roads I travel are pretty rough. i go as fast as I can. A skinny tire doesn't instill confidence in my ability to keep from crashing.
I'm sending out this cry for help as a reply to your post because you have the kind of bike I had :cryin: Plus, maybe I will also get some advice from the more savvy riders here. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. Too bad you're not in Oregon; maybe I could buy it from you for $200 and ride it into the ground for you. I really am not overjoyed at the prospect of spending a thousand bucks right now to replace my bike. I bought it for $500 9 years ago, so I got my money out of it, but I also put a lot of money into it and accessories. Now, I will have to re-buy a lot of items which I planned to use for life. However, I have learned a lesson about where and how to leave my bike unattended downtown in Eugene Oregon.