I am a pretty short lady, about 5'1''. I will need the bike to go around the city (Austin TX). Sometimes I will need a combination of bus and bike, so it is important to have the bike light enough that I can carry it. I am not very strong, so I think 7-speed is enough for me.
I am conflicted between the two below. Both of them are sold at a similar price at bike shops nearby (around 370). Trek seems to have a bigger reputation; the Jamis one comes with a rack, which I absolutely need! If I buy the Trek, I will need to pay another $30 for a rack.
I am not sure how much bike depreciates. There is a chance that I may stay in Austin for 5 or more years; there is also a chance that I will have to move out in three months or so (if I cannot find a job)... So a bike that can be sold at a reasonable price would be a plus too.
Thank you so much for making this decision for me. I went to the bike shop today and he noticed that I goes to an engineering school. I told him that I am a civil engineer and don't know anything that moves around. So any advice on this would be greatly helpful and appreciated.