I haven't really road a bike much at all for a good 10-15 years. I had a nice mountain bike but have moved far away and its not cost effective to ship my old bike at my parents house. Anyhow, I would like to start commuting, its probably about 1 mile away my work. I can walk, but lately I find myself jealous of all the bikers. Anyhow I started perusing the bike racks at my work and two things I notice are that many people have mtbs and there are many U locks that are attached without bikes (wondering if people just leave them there and lock their bike up the next day. Anyhow I am pretty much broke but am selling my xbox 360 so I can afford about 550 or so. Things I am considering are the motobecane fantom CX bike. Another option being a single speed used bike off craigslist, or was considering a used off craigslist old schwinn or something with friction shifters. I plan on riding perhaps occasionally for leisure, we live about 5 minutes from the Mississippi and I have to shuffle between three work places, one being about 10 miles along the river, the other 1 mile and the other across the river about 2 miles through the city. I probably won't bike in the middle of the winter being that its like -20 degrees here. The terrain here is relatively flat. Given my extremely poor finances I can't really afford a local bike store.
Anyone have any input BTW i am 5'7" with a 29.5" inseam
1. Fantom CX off bikesdirect.
2. Old bike with friction shifters.
3. Single speed bike.