Bike advice- not straightforward- please don't gloss over!!
I'm looking to buy a new bike and I need some help with it. I have been riding a dual suspension Trek as my main mode of transportation for 10 years (when it isn't snowing) and it is pretty much at the end of its life. Looking at how much it would cost to replace all the worn parts is approaching the cost of a new bike. When I bought the bike, I was communing/riding on variable XC trails and worked really well. However, several years back I moved cities and the terrain changed and the Trek didnít work so well anymore.
Hereís the environment Iím in:
-I live in a city with really bad roads everywhere (Northern Canada)
-There is very little flat ground and lots of hills in this area, so you seem to be always climbing
-Clyde (240 lbs plus the weight of the inevitable backpack)
-Unusually strong legs- I hate that feeling that you are always going to break something taking off from a stop light or when you really want to put the hammer down and are just going to rip all the teeth off your cogs. Donít laugh- itís happened to me twice.
Things I want in the bike:
-Comfortable for short AND long hauls on crap roads, uphill with cargo
-I always seem to have cargo with me so bomber racks or rack mounts are a must
-I would like the flexibly to do trail rides (fit wider knobbly tires)
-If I feel brave, the ability to run studded tires in the winter
-Lightweight, but being a Clyde, I donít how light I can get
-Durable to get many years out of it
-Easy maintenance preferably on a worldwide scale
-Easy adjustability- like not having the front derailleur directly under a swing arm pivot which makes the HI LO screws next to impossible to tune
-Brakes that will stop the bike, me, and my cargo in the wet flying down a hill when some huge truck in inevitably pulls in front of me
I think I am after a touring or cyclocross bike that has a steel frame, carbon fibre or chromoly fork, with rack mounts or racks, fenders or fender mounts, a traditional Shimano drive train, triple front ring, 9 speed rear cassette, cyclocross wheelset (700c or 29Ē???), disc or vee brakes and maybe a suspended seatpost to top it all off.
Look forward to your suggestions!!
Thanks for your time!!