I currently ride an average of about 75 miles per week for commuting (50ish miles) and errands (25 miles). I don't drive. I've been making it work for the last six months on Wal-Mart Schwinn that was given to me, but I'm looking to upgrade to a better bike. I've practically worn out the Schwinn and would need to replace pedals, saddle, and have it completely tuned up to keep riding. I enjoy a moderate amount of speed in my ride, and all of my current trips are under 10 miles one-way. I would to go riding with one of the local group rides after I get my new bike, and those trips would be close to 30 miles (ride is 15 miles, but it starts and ends 7 miles away). 100% of my riding is roads and paved paths. I'm heavier and taller and would qualify as a Clydesdale.
The closest thing to a LBS that is anywhere near me is a Performance, so I'm more or less stuck shopping there. My budget is about $550 (pre-tax), for a bike, fenders, and a rack. I already have a light and a lock.
- GT Traffic 2.0 2016 GT Traffic 2.0 Commuter Road Bike - 2016 + Blackburn EX-1 Disc Rack
- Fuji Absolute 3.0 Fuji Absolute 3.0 LE Flat Bar Road Bike - 2015 Performance Exclusive + Blackburn EX-1 Disc Rack + Planet Bike Fenders
- Schwinn Voyageur 1 Commute Schwinn Voyageur 1 Commute Sport Hybrid Bike - 2015
I'm leaning towards the GT, so I'm primarily interested in what y'all think of it. TIA!