hello all! nice new digs here! i used to lurk and ask a few questions on the old site, was very close to getting a cyclone kit but then tax time came, i need the money and my computer needed work. anyway, i'm back at it trying to see if i can put together a good bike for getting around town - san francisco - so it needs to be able to get up these hills! i know the guy over at cyclone usa has built a hill climber and i think i will go that route, i just need to find a bike.
i went into rei this weekend and it seems they have a better selection than the last time i checked, does anyone have any opinions on these bikes? i seem to remember i need a steel frame, is that right? i found a Scott steel frame hybrid bike for around 599, which fits the budget i have. most of their other bikes seem to have aluminum frames, so i figure they are not appropriate for my needs, anyone care to comment?
i would like a cool looking bike with at least front shocks and i figure i could get a set post shock (not sure what they are called). also, the guy at cyclone usa has a special hub on the rear wheel, anyone else have experience with this?
sorry for the noobiness and thanks in advance for any help