Ok, so, I'm new to using a bicycle for commuting. I live in alaska, in a hilly region. My bike path to work (10 miles) encompases gravel roads with tons of bumps to well paved bike paths. I've been at it for about a month now, and have come to love traveling this way. I recently purchased a hiking backpack to transport goods from the grocery store, but its turning out to be a bigger problem than I had expected.
My truck recently broke down, spurring my interest in biking.
I am currently borrowing a bike, and am looking for a decent bike which will transport me year round. Here's the hitch; I live in fairbanks alaska and winter is about 7 months long, with two months or so reaching -40F/-50F (-40C/ -45C) at the coldest.
I have looked through threads here and my situation is a little different than other posts so I decided to start a new one.
What kind of bike would make it easiest to travel to and fro work, but also have the capability of attaching a trailer to it to haul two to four 5-gallon jugs of water when I need to? (I live in a dry cabin, without running water, which is common up here, so hauling water is a must).
Also, I'm 5-6 140 lb male and I'd be willing to spend, AT MOST, $1500 on a total setup that will do everything for me, al year round. This includes me building a trailer myself (I've got access to tools, etc) Bike, tools, and riding gear (I assume I'll need really good gear for the cold days?)
Are standard road bikes my best choice, or is there something else to look at?
Thanks in advance for responding!