Here are some of the features I would look for in a commuter bike. Bear in mind that I live in the often dark and rainy Seattle area and work in a business environment that demands a suit/tie in the workplace. Carrying capacity, ability to ride well in the rain, and have good stopping power are key requirements.
- Flat bar road, commuter or cyclocross frame
700 c wheels/tires
Traditional or compact geometry
Chainguard or shielded chain
Full fender coverage
A dynamo light in the front
Front and rear mechanical disc brakes
Rear rack with possibly a front rack option
Panniers that could carry a male business suit outfit
I wonder if a bicycle that meets these requirements is currently made as a stock item by anybody. Does anyone have anything to add to this list or do you have a suggestion for a bicycle meeting most of these requirements? I have often thought that if one of the Breezer or REI Fusion models were made with disc brakes, it would be pretty close to perfect.