I live in a small house and am unwilling to drag a bike up and down stairs, through living rooms, etc, etc. I want a bike that will survive and be as low maintenance as possible living outide. It will be used for commuting, errands and fun with my kid. Yard is tiny and I don't want to eat it up with a shed, so I'm thinking of a wall mount system between 2 houses. The space is narrow and rain / snow accumulation is very small between the houses. I'd compliment that protection with a small awning to keep direct precipitation off the bikes (3 total).
So, question is, what's the best bike to leave outside all the time? I'm thinking internally geared hub, aluminium frame / fork. What else? Chain cover?
I'd be willing to buy "off the rack" or have something built up to about a kilobuck.
I'm frustrated that I stopped riding after my last bike kept falling to pieces after being left out over the winter... I want usability, durability and low maintenance. Am I high?