This is my first post on the forum and my first attempt to start commuting on a bike. I was out this weekend looking for something for biking to my work.
I have a 10 mile commute ( from bethesda,md - tenleytown metro, dc ), mostly road and some on the trail.
I like something which I can put a rack on, and something which is going to be light and fast.
-I am 5'10, 180 pounds, medium built
-I am going to have my laptop and couple of books in my bookbag
-I will be locking my bike at my tenleytown office and taking shuttle to reston
I guess I need to get a bike ( commuter, preferbly ), a good lock. I have a good bookbag and would like to keep it.
Here are the options I liked
-- 2007 Super Sport Ultra 2 - Great ride, I liked it and it was coming on a great sale on my LBS ( close to $750)
-- 2008 Gary Fischer Mendota - Loved the ride and handling and the lightness, but is a little more than i would like to spend ( 850 + tax )
-- 2008 Trek 7.3 / 7.5 - I drove the 7.2, did find it more on the heavier side, I saw the 7.5 but did not have my size, but like the weight and the finish. I am test driving a 7.3 tommorow.
Other options I did not like Fuji
I have a helmet / rear / front lights and a foot pump.
I have a budget of 700-800, what do you guys recommend as my first commuter bike. I like the shwin for the price, but then, I was thinking it is a 2007, so it might not be that good, otherwise it would have been sold till now.