Oops, I did it again. My wife went out of town and I got another bike. Thinking about it, perhaps there is a pattern there, maybe? What I did was purchaseI, for a small sum, a Kona Dew hybrid/urban bike, but what I really did was solve the gear ratio problem I was wrestling with on the Burley. The Burley is a hybrid of sorts, but the gear ratios are strictly street (Shimano 105, 52-tooth), making it tough to do many of my steep routes. Really, to upgrade the Burley to something a bit more mountain bike-ish in the way of gearing would have cost quite a significant portion of the price of this much newer and already geared correctly bike. I’ve had a Kona Dew in the past, but it never seemed to fit me well. However, somewhere between that older Dew and this newer Dew, Kona redesigned the frame resulting in a bike that I immediately felt comfortable riding.
I have yet to go a maintenance check on it, but hope to get that done and get at least a short ride in this weekend.