I've been looking into putting together a quality beater bike
for commuting. I'm 5' tall and currently have a 44cm specialized
dolce comp road bike but way too paranoid to lock it up anywhere.
I've been scouring CL/ebay, hoping to find a used bike my size
for < $200.
Anyone have a suggestion for a good model to look for (that is available
in my size)? road, hybrid, mtb? I prefer a road style but maybe I need
wider tires for actual commuting. It would be nice if it can handle
a rack in the back as well. Ideally I would like to have quality frame
and components, but I can spray paint it black to make it ugly.
Also, does anyone have the Dawes Sheila from bikesdirect and what do
they think of that?
Any advice for putting together a good commuter beater bike is appreciated
too (with step-by-step instructions ^_^)