My bike was just stolen so I'm in the market for a new one. I am 50 and in decent shape, 5'10 150#, but I haven't been riding much in the past 15 years. My goal is to work up to a commute about 17 miles one way on country roads at least once/week. I leave at 6:00 in the morning when it is dark so I'll need a good headlight.
My wife trains and competes in triathlons and would like me to do one with her next year. I cannot afford two bicycles and am more interested in completing the race than being competitive. A good touring bike would suffice for a once/year race.
Does anyone recommend a specific bike or recommend an internet article about choosing a touring bike? I am considering touring frames with plenty of eyelets for racks, a relaxed geometry but with the faster 700c tires. I don't like knobby mountain tires on the hybrid bikes.
My price range is $250 to $750.