opinions please: choosing one of my bikes for the commute
So I have a few bikes, but am now looking to try commuting to work.
I like to ride road bikes for fitness and fun and am planning on MTB but have not yet done it.
I have (bikes listed in my sig):
Trek Carbon - Fits great, this is my "nice bike"
Trek 760 pro seriessteel - Race geometry, fits nearly right (size too large)
'07 Specialized Hardrock - MTB, stock. Has eyelets and such w/knobbies. Hardtail
I'm not too keen on taking my carbon bike every day and would not put anything else on it. Wear a backpack and use commute as a training ride...
My 531 Reynolds steel road bike has no eyelets, is converted to 9 speed and rides fine so I'd figure a backpack or a small rear seatpost mounted rack for light items and a backpack. Nice frame, nice Ultegra components, but not a 'perfect' fit. I suppose it's a possibility.
My MTB would need new tires, narrower/smoother. Could have a fender and rack added easily. It's heavy and I'm not used to that front fork absorbing power on the pedal-stroke. Seems like overkill to ride a big MTB but admittedly I'm only used to road bikes.
I do have a '70s Schwinn Le Tour that I'm cleaning up for resale. Not sold on it because it doesn't fit me. Made me think though, maybe I should look for a vintage touring or 'cross frame to build ($99 Performance frame?). I've been tempted to sell my Trek 760 due to frame size. Maybe it could finance a 'cross bike.
OR, maybe I'm thinking too much into it and should just get a backpack and ride?