Alrighty, i'm a college freshman, this upcoming march i'll be having major reconstructive knee surgery (tore a bunch of cartilage wrestling, i need micro-fracture sugery for those who are interested). My old bike, a junko walmart special was jacked this past fall and i need a new one.
I'll be using it mainly for rehab purposes and mainly road use although i occasionally go off (nothing huge, back road path or something). This bike would be used probably daily this upcoming summer for extended ventures around town for about an hour or two a day, i don't know how far i'll go, it depends on how i feel, but i would say a minimum of 10 miles a day. I don't plan on racing, competing or anything like that, just a nice run around the town for exercise and fitness thing. I was thinking a commuter bike? I do know i dont like race bikes, that twisted handlebar sucks imo, i also dont fit on them well (i'm 5'10" 245 lbs) and i'm sure i dont look very good either, not that i really care. I did like my old mountain bike, but i'm not too keen on the whole suspension thing, everyone that i've ridden has bottomed out, i also not really sure i want to pay for things i wont use or wont use to it's full potential. I'm hoping to not totally break the bank, but i do realize that a lot of the times in bikes, what you pay for is what you get, so I'll say $550 max.
I tried to research myself and probably confused my self more than was necessary. I looked at Bianchi (Boardwalk) , Trek(SU200) , Iron Horse (Transit 1.0), and Jamis (Coda). Of course i'm open to other suggestions, otherwise i wouldnt be asking. What would be your scholarly suggestions guys, i have no clue as to what is good or what is bad?