I live in NYC and have been riding for the past 10 years on a raleigh 5 speed road bike. I commute daily with it as well as riding in bike tours. My bike has preformed incredibly over the years. i have riden it in two centurty rides as well as numerous shorter tours.
I am currently trianing for the september 7 century ride and have finally admitted to myself that a new bike would really make things easier. While I can do a century with my bike, it kicks my ass.
So should it be a road or a hybrid? I will likely rarely ever go off road. And most of my riding is not long distances.
should it have front shocks? Front, rear?
what should it be made of (i.e. allum, steel).
What do you think?
Thanks so much for your help.