I've run dozens of searches through the bikeforums.net search engine and I constantly get swamped with results. And yes, this is another help-me-find-a-bike thread after going through 2 accidents, with my bike much the worse for wear.
My old bike was a MTB. The one I'm currently using is an ancient roadie with tons of problems that make it impractical to use for much longer.
Having tried both types of bikes, I have some fairly solid criteria for my university commuting uses:
Upright position -- to see cars
Weight somewhere in the ballpark of a 1970s roadie (yep, that's how old the ancient roadie is )
And very very reliable -- the reason I'm looking for a new bike in the first place!
So far, I've tried using keywords such as "hybrid" for general hybrid info, "upright roadie" (which barely returned anything useful), and a few others.
I'm mostly looking for specific bicycle model/brand suggestions and price estimates at this point. What are some good keywords I could try using for the forum's search engine?
And, if you want to make suggestions right in this thread, I'd appreciate that too.
Other Possibly Relevant Details:
Rides are generally < 10 miles each way and there are hills
Stored outdoors on campus 24/7 (can't be helped)
Carrying lots of stuff in a backpack but the bike would have to have a way to also carry groceries