I'm just starting a regular cycle commute to work. It's 15 miles each way, mainly along road of varying quality. I am currently using an old Giant Boulder Alushock with slicks, but I have to be honest I find even in the faster gears it could be performing better, added to that I am fairly unfit and carrying a bit too much weight (another reason for commuting by bike).
My prioirty is to make the journey as quick as possible, but I would still like to take the bike along tracks and the odd trail.
I have spoken to a few shops but I am aware I am talking to people who are salesmen.
I just wondered what advice I could get as to the kind of bike to choose. I'll be very greatful.