Relocating so the commute to work is only going to be 3 miles (rather than the 50+ I drive at the moment!). As a result I'm ditching the car and its expense of running and moving to the joys of cycling with the intention of some longer cycling for fitness - 20 to 50 mile ride each weekend (more enjoyable than the running)
Looking at getting a decent bike - have up to £400 GBP to spend including any accessories. My limited knowledge is making me think of something like this Raleigh Urban 2 EQ Mens. (bit of a Raleigh fan, very impressed with them in the past and found a friends new one very good too)
Is this the sort of thing I should be looking at or am I looking at completely the wrong thing? Any recommendations / suggestions / advice? For information:
The city/surrounding area where I will live is hilly.
Will sometimes be carrying equipment around with me such as a camera / small folder or laptop - Could get away with a carrier and just use a backpack, nonetheless it would be useful for longer trips if one is pre fitted.
Will also need to get lights for the winter (dynamo or battery powered?) and a helmet.
Fully aware I should give the bike a test ride before I buy - seeking advice on what bikes I should go and look for! - Any help hugely appreciated!