Steel frame commuter for hauling the family around

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  • I'd love some thoughts (or offers) on a good bike for hauling a young (0-4) family around. I was riding a Triban RC500 until a car pulled out in front of me and I snapped the frame on his bonnet (!).

    My thoughts were leaning towards trying to get a second hand, steel frame, touring (maybe?) style bike - I was previously commuting a 14km round trip daily on some fairly poor London cycle lanes, and we have a rear rack mounted kids seat (also looking at getting a FollowMe tandem to tow the eldest along any busy traffic sections).

    Last night I walked away from what turned into a very shady deal to buy a Genesis Equilibrium (via Gumtree - I know I should know better!), I wondered if anyone had thoughts of either what to look out for or offers of a suitable bike (or frame that I could transfer components from my broken bike to).

    I think the Surly's look brill though I don't think they're in my price range (I'm really looking <£500, preferable c. £300), the Genesis Equilibrium and Day One's sound like a potential fit, maybe a Dawes Galaxy (had one sale already fall through on one of these). I'm around 177cm tall, so broadly I think a frame size of around 54/56 is likely to suit, appreciating that different shaped bikes may mean other sizes are ok.

    Any advice most appreciated

  • Hello, I may be able to help

    I have a Claude Butler Dalesman, which was the same frame set as the Galaxy, that might suit you.
    631 frame and 520 forks- battery and needs some new bits for the drive train but is rideable as is.
    I think we are roughly the same height, so it should fit you.

    Let me know if you are interested.

  • Did you see @psg1ben s Genesis Day One?­71/#comment16379433
    Seems to tick quite a few boxes.

  • Only thing to say is that if you intend to use a trailer, the rear axle will need to be repla ed for something longer.

  • Hi, I'm looking to move a Trek multitrack, big tyre clearance, canti - vbrake, not a full bike but have most parts, basically a poor man's surly crosscheck, it's an everyday beater, let me know if you want more info

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Steel frame commuter for hauling the family around

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