I've spent the last few days reading through all these posts, as many as i can get through anyway (there are a LOT), and I've learned QUITE a bit.
But I'm hoping for some advice about my situation from all those who are wiser and more experienced than me.
First off, i'm 23, in ok shape (hoping to get in much more shape), 5'8 about 200 lbs. And I would like to commute to work and to school. My commute would be about 10 miles one way. There is a main highway I can take to both work and school, as well as many back roads. I live in a very urban area in south eastern wisconsin.
I went to the local bike shop today. The guy was very helpful. He recommended a Trek hybrid, 7100, 7200, or 7300. My total budget is about 500 +/- 100, and that's including the extras and such. So the hybrids he recommended seem to fit within the budget at around 300 each. So what do you think of those bikes for a 10 mile commute on flat paved roads? He told me road bikes would be faster, but that the hybrid would be fast enough for me. The road bikes are out of my price range.
I have looked around for some used bikes as well, but haven't seen much. The guy at the store showed me some of the used bikes they had there as well.
He also said I might think about a Trek 72FX. It looked pretty nice as well.
All the bikes were lined up really close together. Is it ok to ask to try one out? That may seem like a dumb question but the guy didn't offer or anything like that. So I want to know when I go back.
Also, what can I expect from a 10 mile commute on these bikes? Am I going to arrive drenched in sweat and winded and exhausted? Is it a slow comfortable ride? etc. What about winter? Wisconsin winters can be brutal.
Ok, Ive probably asked too many questions, and I know i saw some threads about winter riding, so ignore that one. But let me know about those bikes I mentioned for my commute.