I'm new here. My name is Janis, I'm 27 years old, male and I live in Latvia.
I want to buy a bike for daily use
, mostly commuting
to work and back (5-10 miles).
I would look for a bike that is relative light
- because I have a bad back
(slipped/herniated disc) and I live on 4th floor in a multi flat building, without an elevator, so i have to carry it up stairs every day. Currently I'm carrying my ~15 kg Specialized MTB which feels a little bit too much.
In my country there is only one reasonable brand shop - TREK, but it's expensive. I got my eye on TREK 7100 2010 (with front suspension and suspension seatpost - which would be great for me), but it's 14 kg and I rather sacrifice comfort of front suspension in order to get bike lighter. I'm willing to buy a suspension seatpost as aftermarket upgrade if necessary.
I did some searching online and found some bikes that cached my eye, like Scott SUB 40 or Specialized Sirrus 2011 (both unfortunately are not liable for delivery to Latvia and/or out of stock). One thing I must add is that I'm not very experienced with bikes and am doing my choosing visually only - if I like a bike then I just read some user reviews and that's it; I don't know what's the difference between Shimano Acera and Shimano Altus for instance, I just know that Shimano is sign of quality. Also, I don't need disc brakes
- V brakes will be more than sufficient.
My current choice seems to be: GT Traffic 3.0
Inspired by this review: http://www.tredzblog.co.uk/2009/08/a...t-in-2010.html
From Evans Cycles
I can get it for £299 + £40
(p&p), which is more or less my budget
is the category that I'm aiming for. MTB is just unnecessary although it's some kind of fashion in my post-soviet country, probably because they just look cool and "wealthy".
I like dynamic riding, but without any jumping what so ever. Maneuvering and drifting in half standing position with one foot on pedal - that's some kind of habit or, fear developed, phobia caching some ugly pothole which my spine would have to absorb throughout seat pad.
Here are some shots from where I live:
In last picture you have a insight of how some micro district streets can look in my city.
Most of the time I try to avoid this kind of surface.
Sorry for making this post so long. I tried to make it as detailed as possible and sorry if my english happens to be weak (which I tried not to be - did open a dictionary quite often)
I would be very grateful for You to evaluate my choice or giving an opinion on another (perhaps better) one.
As well as any other comments would be much appreciated!