Next month I'll be moving just shy of 5 miles from work and so I am planning to bike to work. It will be a whole new adventure for me.
I need some advise on a bike.
1 - Fix up my current MTB
2 - pick up a used road / hybrid from craigslist
3 - get a new low end road / hybrid.
I currently have a 1998 Specialized Rockhopper that it starting to show its age. It skips every now and then when going up a hill and ever since I had a tune up done the front fork seems softer and wont lock out.
My thoughts on the MTB are that it would take about $100 to fix up. Rigid fork, slick tires, new chain and possibly sprockets.
If I pick up a used bike from CL, the stuff that seems to be in the price range is anything from old old old that probably needs the same amount of work or will be heavier than my current MTB all the way to stuff that could be a really good deal.
The third is a new low end bike. I like new things but I like upper end things too. I'm not opposed to spending $250 on something like a schwinn prelude for a year and then upgrading if I really like the commute.
The commute parts such as lights and things I will get no matter what bike I choose so that's not a concern to me on this decision.