So, I bought a Trek 7.2 FX last year to commute to work occasionally. My ride is 20 miles round trip with about 15 or so stop signs and traffic lights along the way and some rolling hills to climb. I average a measly 12.5 mph on the way in and around 12 on the way back (Going home is more uphill). Bear in mind that the bike is pretty loaded down with clothes and such for the work day and has flat handlebars.
I went with a relatively inexpensive hybrid to ride until I decided what kind of biking I wanted to do(Mountain, road, etc.).
I am considering purchasing a 2009 Surly Cross Check for commuting.
Here are my questions...
Will I see a difference in my average mph?
Do you think I should get another bike (say, a Tricross)?
Will the color "Beef Gravy Brown" clash with my blue gloves and helmet?