I want start commuting my 7.5 one-way route regularly. Commute will including some long stretch of slight slopes (from Oakland to Berkeley), very rough, uneven streets with lots of potholes , lots of traffic. Occasional steep hills to climb.
I have to carry grocery/ heavy books/laptop +a Kryptonite U-lock regularly. Also, i live in Oakland, so there is rainy season. So fenders, eyelets for racks a must.
I had a Bianchi Brava but sold it because it couldn't take fenders, and I didn't like bending over so much, and also how unstable it was when I have heavy things on top of the rear rack.
Now I ride a Dahon 20" folder (speed P8), which is a chore when riding uphill with a lot of stuff and long distance on rough roads.
I would like a step-thru frame, north-road handlebars, upright geometry (7-8 speed at least) racks/ fenders, relatively light, comfortable...Doesn't need to be super fast like a true road bike, but definitely faster and more comfortable than my current Dahon Speed P8 for my commute.
I love the vintage english racer bikes look and geometry, but with more gears...
I would like to spend <$500-$600. I was considering the new "commuter" bikes inspired by the vintage bikes. I like the look/specs of the Trek Allant WSD, which is available in my LBS for $499 with lifetime free (minor) adjustments.
Then I thought: maybe I can save some money if I buy a vintage bike (like the schwinn Breeze/world voyager). A good condition one in my area runs $200-$300. But since I don't know how to fix anything on a bike besides a flat, will getting a vintage bike end up costing me more because of hard-to-find parts, etc. Are they also heavier?
Please let me know the pros and cons of getting a true vintage bike vs. a vintage style new commuter bike.
Thanks a lot.