I just got a new job and moved to a new city, and on top of it just had my first kid a month ago. I'm really suffering on the exercise front, and I'm thinking that cycling might be the ticket to help me get back in shape.
Here's my problem. I'm pretty sure I would like doing this, but work is 17 miles away, and I won't know for sure until I do it a couple of times. I'm hesitant to drop $1,000 give or take on a road bike without knowing whether I'll want to stick with it. I'm guessing it will take me an hour each way to bike it, but I don't know what anyone's experience is with that (the road is quite flat).
Is there a way to rent a road bike? I live in Salinas, CA, an hour from San Jose and a half hour from Monterey. If I buy a new one, will I take a big hit if I want to sell it. And lastly, what's a good bike for this purpose? The bike shop recommended a Specialized Sequoia for $750 or so.
I would also love any thoughts on people's experiences with commuting: I have to overcome my own willpower to get up early and bike in, I have to overcome my wife's reservation about price and about leaving her alone a little longer than I would by driving, and I would have to find a safe place to lock the bike at work, and deal with showering and unwrinkling my clothes. Lastly, the road I would take is a flat rural road with few hills, but I hear drivers really tear along those farm raods. How can I look out for my safety?