|*Image from Public Bikes|
|If you have some patience, waiting for retailer demo/floor models is a great way|
to save some $$ on Brooks products.
Winter time purchases, CL, or E-bay finds are sometimes less expensive as well,
particularly if you don't mind a slightly used model.
|Public Bikes removable basket (note: bungee strap sold separately)|
*Image from Public Bikes
My opinion on the bicycles is overall quite positive. My only real objection to the Public Bikes' looks is the website advertisement that is now placed on the chain guard of new models. I'm not sure I like the idea of their website being a constant advertisement on my bike. Wasn't the Public name emblazoned there enough? I have no issue sharing with others where I purchased my bicycle, but it seems a bit forced upon the owner in this instance.
|Public Bikes website sticker on the bicycles - it doesn't seem so noticeable here,|
but it's definitely visible in person
**Image from Public Bikes
For comparison purposes, I have tried to think of something I've owned that is equivalent or close to the same kind of bicycle. Since that hasn't been an easy task, I will compare it to the Pashley Poppy/Princess. I would say that it is difficult to compare the two because they are fairly different (other than both being upright/loop frame bicycles made of steel). I could go on about the differences (internal hub vs derailleur, 3/5 speed vs 7 speed, standard Brooks saddle vs average cushioned, synthetic fabric saddle), but those are easily discovered in any quick search. As for riding style, the Poppy provides a slightly more forward leaning riding position (though still upright), less room in the "cockpit" so to speak (though this may be entirely in my head as there is plenty of room available, even for a larger rider), and I feel as though I'm using slightly different leg muscles on each of the bikes. In regard to looks, they are quite different. The Pashley's are hand built, lugged frames, and made from a different kind of steel. The Pashley bicycles are obviously elegant and beautiful, and there isn't any comparison in my opinion. This is not to say that the Public J7 is not beautiful in its own way, but it's definitely a more simplified, understated, functional kind of beauty (which certainly isn't a bad thing). Oddly though, I've actually had more questions and comments from passers-by about the Public J7 than I've ever had about either of the Pashley bicycles I've owned. I've found this strange, but it also means that there must be something attracting attention in regard to the Public bicycles as well.
Though opinions can change over time when utilizing a bicycle, or even modify as strengths, likes and dislikes change, this seems to be a good all-around city bike option. Having ridden it nearly daily for just under a month now, I know I would make the same decision and purchase it all over again, which I think says a lot. Often I have regretted bicycle purchases almost immediately, and wished I'd opted for another avenue. It's nice to know that this is a solid and reasonable way to get around town, and still have something that you enjoy riding.
I've edited this post to say that I took the comments of the poster regarding the rear rack and we adjusted the way it sits to help level it out. Happily, it now seems to keep the removable rear basket pretty steadily in place. So, I say thank you to the anonymous respondent! I appreciate the tip and it seems to have resolved the issue. It was a simple fix and it did the trick.