Okay I've decided that I want to get a new bike. Right now I'm riding a "Schwinn Le Tour III" - since I decided to get serious about touring, I decided that this bike is not the bike for me. It works well for commuting, but it's heavy and I'm tiny so I can't imagine how I'd be able to move the damn thing once it's loaded!
Anyway, I'm having a really hard time figuring out what type of bike to get.
I'm going to use my bike for commuting, touring, and training for touring. I like the drop handle bars (not the straight ones that are on mnt bikes).
So does this mean I want to get a road bike or a commuter bike? Or a bike that is specifically made for touring (which from what I've noticed that mostly have the straight handle bars)?
And since I'm 5'1'', I think I'll definately want to get a women's specific bike, which seems like it's adding to my frustration because there isn't much of a selection for women's specific bikes.
So if you could please help me by telling me what TYPE of bike would work best for me, that would be great.
And also if you wanted to reccomend any specific bikes I wouldn't mind at all - I'm not going to spend over $700.
(months ago when I talked to my mechanic, he reccomended this bike: women's fuji bike but at that time I really wasnt positive if I was going to get into touring or not; since then I've decided that I'm serious about touring, so would this bike work for me as far as touring goes? )
thank you so much.