I've been thinking about it for a while, and have finally decided to give bike commuting a shot! Less so for any kinda of cost savings (subsidized bus card is probably same price) but mainly to get active especially when I don't have time for a real workout.
Around 3.5 miles each way to downtown
I live in Seattle, so I need to be prepared for rain daily
I live at the top of a fairly steep hill
The latter of the above is what has always concerned me, and because of the risk that I just won't be able to hack it I've pretty much decided that I either need an inexpensive used bike, or to buy from rei with their awesome return policy.
Here's where you guys come in, I'm obviously a novice and would appreciate any guidance you could offer. I'm thinking I need disc breaks for going down the hill in rain...is that a fair assessment? I want to keep price sub-750, and had narrowed rei's list to what I thought we're my top targets given the need for disc breaks.
I'm going this weekend to try them out, is there specific advice you guys have that I should watch out for, or positive/negative experience with any of these? Anything else I need to consider but might not be?
Thanks for your help!
Novara Big Buzz Bike - 2014 at REI.com
Cannondale Bad Boy 9 Bike - 2014 at REI.com
Cannondale Bad Boy Commuter Bike - 2014 at REI.com
Cannondale Quick CX4 Bike - 2014 at REI.com
Raleigh Misceo 3.0 Bike - 2014 at REI.com