I bought a new bike. A Novara Gotham from REI, it is sweet, and will be sweeter once I am done with it. Here is a before picture:
What was wrong with the Breezer? Nothing, really, I still like it, but there area couple of things it doesn't have that I want:
700C wheels - I really prefer the bigger wheel
Brakes off the rim - I freaking hate V-brakes. I hate adjusting them, I find them ridiculously fiddly
The Gotham is steel, has disc brakes, 700c wheels, Nuvinci N360, Dynamo front hub, and instead of a full chain case like the Breezer it has a Gates Center Track belt drive - which I didn't view as a necessity, but sure is a nice bonus, it is really slick and clean.
Things I don't like that much: threadless headset - I really prefer a quill, and for some reason the clamp size on the stem is 31.8mm - on a city bike. Why?
I don't care for the handlebars either. They have about the same sweep as my Trek Allant, and the Breezer, both of which had their bars replaced with North Roads, and no real rise. I will be replacing the bars, of course I will have to use a shim or replace the stem because of that massive clamp size.
The tail light is battery operated instead of being wired to the headlight.
No bosses on the seat stays for a frame lock
The stock saddle is crap. Gel cover, way too narrow for an upright bike. Stock saddles usually suck though, so that is no surprise.
None of these things are deal breakers. Every bike is a compromise, and this one has the fewest compromises of any bike I have owned.
So here is what will be added/replaced:
Brooks B-67 - Honey
Velo-Orange Tourist Pedals with Half Clips
Wald folding rear baskets
Wald 139 front basket
Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tires - brown
Amber shellacked cork grips
Velo-Orange Leather Mud Flap on front fender
Velo-Orange Retro Bottle Cage
North Road Handlebars
Add AXA frame lock (the Defender will not fit between the seat tube and the rear wheel inside the rear triangle - I put the Defender on the Breezer and took the Solid off of the Breezer to put on the Gotham. I used the ATB Mounting kit)
Pletscher 2 leg kick stand
I should have everything replaced except perhaps the grips by Saturday morning. I'll need to find time to shellac.
Pictures when everything is done.