I am about to go car-free and am looking into purchasing a geared-bike (I have a fixie, but with my long-distance running, want to save my legs a bit on hard training days). Being a "voluntary simplicity" kind of person, I am trying to decide if I should buy a cheapo used bike or a new entry-level bike. I am looking at either a cheap, old road bike, or a new entry-level hybrid/cyclocross bike that would give me some more versatility on the roads (dodging potholes, hopping curbs, etc.). Can anyone provide any recommendations on which way I should go? I am torn between the frugality and recycled nature of a used bike and the fact that I will be riding the bike alot, and may want to invest a bit more.
Thanks in advance,