Okay guys - I'm headed to the shop soon to start looking at bikes but thought I get your professional opinion as well!
Current bike: http://biria.com/bicycle/citibike/700c-men
Right now I ride about 6 miles a day 3-4 days a week to work. My ultimate goal is to get rid of my vehicle and commute everywhere. So about 20-25 miles a DAY.
Is this a good bike to be able to accomplish this? What are the best bikes for this sort of riding?
Also - what do you recommend I wear? What are your go-to bike essentials for your ride. How do I accomplish grocery shopping and carrying things? My job requires I carry a lot of paperwork at time.
Anything helps! Cost is not an option as long as it's under or around a grand.
Wow, thank you for all the comments! A few other notes...
-I live in the Indianapolis area which thank goodness is very bicycle friendly. I can get to pretty much anywhere I need to go. I'm not used to commuting *that* far, no more than 5-6 miles at the most. I have to commute to downtown, Broadripple, and Carmel as of right now. Right now I only commute downtown but will have to start going to Bripp/Carmel soon. Those are about 20-25 miles away so it would be a good 40 miles round trip.
-It is mostly pavement, we have a lot of bike lanes and a special trail that will take you forever away. It's called the Monon.
-Of course there is nothing wrong with my bike, I have a love affair with my current bicycle. I just wasn't sure if it was the best one for what I'm wanting to accomplish. Especially speed wise. I want to be able to ride fast.
-I'm guessing my bike is a no go for winter?
So much to learn! I appreciate all the comments.