Hey guys. So I am beginning my sophomore year of college next year at UC Davis and I'll be living off campus now so I need something that I can use to commute around 3 miles to campus every day. I'm not sure if this matters but bikes are stolen here EXTREMELY often here. If you have drop handlebars and a bike that looks very shiny and new your bike is as good as gone if you park it outside instead of taking it into your home.
I'm 5'9 and I weigh 220 lbs (dropped 20 lbs the past few months and am steadily going down so weight shouldn't really matter). I'm looking for a multi gear bike (I don't like SS in this area because of extreme winds during the winter) either used or new. Not a big fan of stemshift if it matters.
Would it be best if I purchase new or used in this price range? I was thinking about something like this: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...y/avenue_c.htm
I know this forum loves used bikes so I looked in my area (I live in Davis and could purchase here or I could purchase in Mountain View, CA, which is in south bay, when I go home for the summer) and couldn't find a whole lot.
Any recommendations? Especially regarding new/used. Thanks!