I am here to learn how to find a good cheap "mountain bike like" comuter bike for a short ride to work. I once fancied myslef a mountain biker. But pretty nuch just drove around with my Rockhopper on the rack of my Pathfinder. I gave the bike to friend a few years ago in exchange for a 36' TV.
I am bound and determined to find a reliable (yet stylish) commuter for a hundred fifty bucks or less.
Between Crystal River and Hernando, Florida, 6 miles west of the Withlacoochee Trail
I've had several since 1999 but have settled on my beloved 2001 Litespeed Tuscany and my latest, a 2013 Cannondale CAAD 10.
Are there any hills on your commute route?
What kind of roads?
Will you be carrying anything on the bike - like panniers with clothes, laptop, lunch?
Will you be riding in the dark - night or early morning?