Hey guys, I just started a summer job in Redmond, WA and I'm looking to start commuting to work by bike. I've visited a couple bike shops in my area and have looked at a few models they have. I'm looking mostly at hybrid bikes due to my price range. I'd like to stay below 450. My commute is only 3.1 miles right now, but that might change in the future. Overall, I'd like a bike I can commute on in the summer and ride for fun and fitness afterwards.
If you could weigh in on these I'd appreciate it. My purchase has to be local to the Seattle area. I've tried looking through craigslist, but I don't really know enough to sift out the good from the bad. I'm sure used would be cheaper though.
Raleigh Misceo 424$ after discount http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/hybrid/misceo-12/
Pros: I like the disc brakes for wet Seattle weather
The ez fire shifter is really nice
The bike looks great
Light with a steel fork so I don't tear it up going off curbs
Tires are a little wide. Switching out to thinner ones would be expensive for me.
Raleigh Cadent ft0 $368 after discount http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/perf...cadent-ft0-12/
Haven't test ridden this one but it looked good.
Giant Cypress $370 http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...ss/9019/48868/
Ride felt pretty good. Looks are okay. Idk if a front shock is necessary for me.