I finally moved to a new place and I do not need to drive 88 miles each way to attend classes. Now I have a nice paved bike path about 8 miles each way that I would like to commute and use my car only when severe weather makes things dangerous (I'm in Tampa Bay, FL - Hurricanes, Tornadoes, you know...)
I have a list of features that I would like my bike to have or at least have the potential for upgrade later on. Her eit is:
flat handle bar with some form of extensions (maybe a trekking handlebar, maybe the classic extensions)
Disk Brakes or some VERY EFFICIENT brakes under any kind of circumstances (Usually wet)
ability to, in the future, hold a Rohlof 14 internal Hub gear
No rear suspension (a Thudbuster seat will do fine)
Based on that, What do you guys recommend: Buy a new bike like a Gary Fisher Utopia and add my stuff, buy an used Mountain Bike that has fenders/rear rack capabilities, buy a frame and start from scratch or actually, this bike exist and I am just having a hard time to find?
Budget is sub 1000 (with everything besides the Rohlof Hub). This bike will be used as the Battle Tank for a sub 20 miles daily commute and some longer rides (30-60) on weekends. Mostly paved but road bikes may not do well on the road conditions that I may find. Being able to do a century confortable wouldn't hurt.
Thank you for sharing your wisdom.