Looking for an all-weather commuter
I'm considering getting a new commuter cycle. Here is my current wish list:
- Single-speed, fixed-gear, or internal hub for easy cleaning/maintenance
- Fender / rack mounts
- Clearance for wide, knobby all-weather tires + fender
- CX geometry - fun to ride :)
- Durable and reliable
The Specialized Singlecross is exactly what I want, but unfortunately, it's no longer manufactured. Here are some bikes I am considering:
I'm also considering building a bike up from Craigslist purchases, but since I've never done that before, I have a feeling I would end up way over my head and lack the time or energy to complete such a project.
I know there is a lengthy thread about Motobecane Uno. There are a lot of people who seem to be quite satisfied with it, especially considering the price, but I am concerned about the durability and quality of the bike, especially with stock components. The Nature Boy is especially tempting due to its popularity in the CX forums, but I am curious how well it holds up to commuting and mounting fenders / racks. And finally, the Felt looks like the most fun to ride, but I also am skeptical of its value as a commuter.
Input from those who have experience commuting (or any kind of riding, really) with any of these bikes would be especially appreciated. Thanks :)