What should I look for in a durable bike that can be used every day.
The few parts I've identified:
1) Puncture resistant tires. A kevlar tire seems to eliminate most flats, without noticably impacting performance. There seem to be additional options for going up.
2) Pedals - Flat pedals seem to be fine. Toe clips and clipless pedals help a little with performance, but the 'clipping in' process slows start speed. With the stop and go on the commute it ends up a wash.
And the holy grail:
1) Drive train - How can you increase durability and reduce maintenance without negatively impacting performance? It seems more expensive components improve effeciency, but usally are lighter and less durable. Maintenance also gets to be a headache, especially during the rainy season.
What is the most durable wheel you can get?