So, first a little bit of background. I'm a Dutch biologist living in Finland. For my work, every year I have to go to a remote field site in order to do fieldwork for about 3-4 months (so I don't live at home during this time). This year I decided I need some more movement during that time, so I was planning on buying a bike.
The roads there are generally flat, but they're not always in the best condition (some cracks etc.), but not really offroad.
Afterwards, I would like to take this bike back to Helsinki in order to use it as well, be it commuting or visiting people.
I read a lot, and many people seem to be a fan of cyclocross bikes, but to be honest, they're just too expensive for me at the moment. Not because I can't pay it, but more because I don't know if I will use it enough to warrent the price.
I went to the local bikeshop, and they recommended me this one:
Trekking Master Pro | Nishiki bicycles
Which I found to be pretty expensive as well (1000e)
Some people in Finland recommended me Evan's cycles, so I checked there, and found these:
Jamis Allegro Comp Disc 2014 Hybrid Bike | Evans Cycles
Ridgeback Advance 3.0 2013 Hybrid Bike | Evans Cycles
Which fall within the price-range I was thinking about (although for both I would buy a rack, kickstand and mudguard).
According to someone I asked, that Jamis bike is less of a hybrid and more of a road bike, which I am not looking for. I am a reasonably heavy 1.94 guy that tends to break things, so I want a sturdy bike.
Do you think any of these bikes are a good choice (even the more expensive Nishiki one?)
Thanks a lot for your time!