SHORT VERSION: My LBS has $3,250 of mine and I will be purchasing a new bicycle tomorrow, possibly the Trek Portland.
Questions: Is this a solid bicycle? What upgrades should I add for a 13 mile commute (one-way)? I'm very new to the commuter bicycle market and I would greatly appreciate ANY advice you guys can share.
I ordered a Carbon District two months ago and the delivery date was recently pushed back for a second time to late September.
I'm considering canceling that order and placing a new one for a Trek Portland 2011. I realize the bikes serve two different purposes, but my need for a commuter with a little hauling capacity is greater than my need for a strictly fun quick-getter.
Since the Carbon District is already paid for, my LBS says he can cancel the order as soon as I give him the word and he will place an oder for a bike of same/similar costs, to include optional components such as racks etc.
NOW, what I came here for is a little advice on what I may need for this bike?
Carbon District (as I paid for it) - $3.250
What I'm thinking about buying:
-Portland Organ - $1,650
-Race X Lite Wheels (for my Madone as trainers) - $900
Leaving me with $550-800 to spend on other components. The math doesn't add up, but the prices above are MSRP and my LBS usually knocks off $100 or $200.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.