Hello group! I have been a long time lurker and decided it was about time I posted.
Let's begin, I have been commuting by bike for the last 5 years. During this time I lived in Phoenix or Tempe, AZ. I used either my road bike when I was working for a consultant and it was a longer ride (>10mi) or my cruiser when I was a PhD student and it was a flat 3mi to campus. With that being said, I just started my new position at the University of Colorado-Boulder and live outside the city in an adjacent town (east side of Longmont) and have a 20mi commute. Yesterday was my first day and it was about an hour and 15min ride.
So on nice days (no water), I plan on riding my road bike (aluminum/carbon with full ultegra). But on the not so great weather or road condition days I would still like to ride. I am thinking about buying a semi inexpensive bike to do with this. I think it is down to either the Motobecane Fantom CX cyclocross bike and adding some fenders or the Motobecane Fantom 29. I am personally leaning toward the cyclocross bike because I could travel a bit faster, but I have not really experienced cycling in any weather. Any suggestions or comments?
Thanks in advance for your help.