hi there - fellow clyde - been riding steady since Apr and down from 281 to 250. But I have used up my bike; a GT Avalanche 3.0 that was a few years old it is literally falling apart ( gears and wheels). I'm looking for a new ride. I am doing more miles now; lots of highway - I have done 100kms 3x this summer - 4-5hrs on the GT. I also do a ride that brings me on a gravel/dirt path for abot 10 kms. I am looking at a Brodie Dynamo.The nearest LBS is 6 hrs from me so I will be calling them to hold a bike for me.
Do you think this bike will be ok for 75 -100 km rides along with hitting the gravel trails as needed. I want to leave the mountain bike genre so I can get a bit more speed, how does this type of bike (commuter )stack up on the long rides.
Don't discount a touring bike. Most of them will take wide tires, which will have no problems on gravel roads. They're also designed to be comfortable to sit on all day. And they'll take racks and fenders.
Where are you that you're six hours from a bike store?
Sault Ste Marie (Ontario) and area is the closet LBS to me here in the North country. And yep it's 6 hrs away. Thunder Bay is also about 6 hrs. Where I am it's just Canadian Tire and a Walmart an hour away.