Bike ≠ Car ≠ Ped.
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes: Some bikes. Hell, they're all the same, ain't they?
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For that amount of distance, something with skinny tires (32, or probably 28, mm or less) will really help.
From there, it's still mostly personal preference combined with your typical riding conditions (hilly, flat, all pavement or some dirt & gravel, in all weather conditions or only on dry days, etc).
If I were to piece together a single do-it-all-and-do-it-year-round bike, it would have:
- drop bars, for the variety of hand positions and the ability to easily tuck out of the wind;
- disc brakes, for good braking in rainy/snowy/slushy/icy weather;
- clearance for knobby or studded tires;
- fender & rack mounts;
- generator-powered lights;
- triple or compact double front crank for climbing when I'm just worn down;
.. and that's about it. Short list, hm?