Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Bikes: Trek 7200 FX ('05), Trek 6000 ('07)
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"Urban Road Bike"
Hey, welcome to the forums (I'm new as of today also
I haven't had too many bikes, but from personal experience, I must say the bike I currently own
will suit your needs - a Trek 7200FX. However, the 7200 is a year old, and you'll probably find a newer
version in your local bike shop called the 7.2 FX (they changed the name).
Trek calls the FX bikes "fitness hybrid bikes", but they can be very useful if you attach a rear rack and some lights - some things that most people will use on a commuter bike.
As for the ride, my 7200 came with a really good Bontrager seat and seatpost which had a shock built into it, so your butt is cushioned
Because I'm in Michigan and the streets are pretty cracked up, I usually commute with the tires just slightly lower than I would normally have them, as to allow them to absorb some road noise while not damaging the rims. The best thing, though, is that the bike is a sturdy and structurally sound commuter bike that allows me to hit the roads for a workout on the weekends, utilizing its "fitness" aspect.
I bought the 7200 about four or five months ago, and it has been really good for me. However, I'm sure other suggestions for bikes will come from much more experienced riders if you put your question in another section of bike forums.