Question: Is a carbon fork is strong enough for a commuter bike?
I'm looking to buy a new bike, and things need to be strong enough for urban commute and sometimes very heavy pannier with laptop, etc. (Granted, pannier is on the rear of the bike, but I guess I'm still worried about weight/wear and tear.)
I'd like a steel frame (call me old-fashioned, but i won't do aluminum) with a flat handlebar, and not too many companies are doing steel in the sub-$1,300 price these days. One that does is Jamis, and a few of their "Coda" models look like they'd suit my needs very well: 631 Reynolds and pretty good components.
My only concern was that they all sport a carbon fork, and I simply don't have any prior experience with carbon. Is carbon fine? Or should I just get a steel fork??